Support the BAC
The Belmont Arts Collaborative (BAC) exists to provide artists and arts organizations the opportunity to create, learn, and perform in a dedicated performing arts space. Located in historic Belmont, the BAC fills a long-standing need for accesible performance and rehearsal space for artists, arts organizations, and arts education programs for youth and adults in Charlottesville.
The Belmont Arts Collaborative offers:
Black Box Theater -- An accessible, and appropriately sized theater space for small performance groups. The theater seats 85-100 guests, with a dressing room, box office, and waiting area; it can be configured for full-scale productions, cabaret-style performances, workshops, classes, or community forums.
Rehearsal Studios – Three studios adjacent to the theater, available for dance, vocal, acting, and other training programs for youth and adults.
A permanent home for DMR Adventures – Rehearsal and performance space for DMR Adventures, which provides pre-professional performing arts training to youth ages 5-18, and the Youth Leadership Program for training young designers, technicians, and creative team members.
The Belmont Arts Collaborative offers local performing arts groups a rare resource: an intimate venue with affordable production costs, allowing longer show runs (without competing for stage time in larger, busier, expensive venues), more opportunities to perform, and the flexibility to create and foster new work. In the past six months, the space has been used for rehearsals, performances, and events by DMR Adventures, Phoenix Theater Company, Big Blue Door, the Center for Vocal Study, the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective, Charlottesville Families in Action, the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association, and the Valley Fencing Alliance.
Your donations to the Belmont Arts Collaborative will allow us to:
· Complete the construction of the black box theater.
· Purchase additional lighting, curtains, sound equipment, and seating for the theater.
· Refurbish and maintain rehearsal spaces.
· Host workshops and training opportunities with visiting performing arts professionals.
We have a big goal, and welcome donations in any amount. To date, we have spent over $55,000 on the buildout of the new theater, and there is still a lot to do. Some of our upcoming real costs include:
$50 - tri-pod stand for lights
$100 - new chair for the theater (100 needed)
$125 - dimmer pack for our lighting system
$500 - one spotlight
$700 - LED theater light
$1500 - mixer for our sound system
$2000 - attached ladder to access our costume storage
$6000- sprung floor
$6000 - one month's rent for theater and studio spaces
$13,500 - curtains and labor to install
$18,000 - ceiling grid to hang lighting system
Corporate sponsorships are available; we would welcome the opportunity to discuss partnership.
Donations may be tax deductible, pending approval of our 501c3 application for recognition of Tax Exemption/Non-Profit Status.