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Our major donors & granting organizations


By supporting The Governor’s School for the Arts, you will be investing in the next generation of artists, innovators and community leaders. In addition to producing a fine roster of performers, the School is also educating the next generation of community leaders, out of the box thinkers and audience members. The dedication required by students at The Governor’s School serves them the rest of their lives, whatever career path they choose. 

  • GSA impacts Hampton Roads artistically and culturally by contributing to the vitality and energy of the arts community.

  • Each year over 15,000 people and 2,000 school children experience a GSA production or exhibition

  • GSA contributes economically to the region by paying admission taxes, venue rental fees, employing teachers, designers, and support staff, and by purchasing materials from local merchants.  GSA generates revenue through parking, restaurants, and shopping.

  • Each year, our graduates garner millions of dollars in college scholarships.

  • Our students study at colleges and universities such as The Juilliard School, Cornell University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, New York University, Columbia University, Brown University, Princeton University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, Rhode Island School of Design, among others

Major projects funded by the Foundation include:

  • Two Capital Campaigns

  • Pianos/Instruments

  • Music

  • Books

  • Scripts

  • Costumes

  • Video/Audio Equipment

  • Lighting Sound Equipment

  • Computers

  • Guest artist sponsorships

  • Production Sponsorships

  • Student Scholarships

DONATE TO OUR STEINWAY FUND:  You can name a key on our new Steinway! $1,000 per key.  Payment plans possible

The Governor's School for the Arts Annual Fund


Thank you for making a gift to our annual fund. Your gift will help us support the departments of the School.

The Governor's School for the Arts Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)3. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law

Please indicate in the Memo Number if you would like to specify your gift to a specific Department:

Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre & Film, Visual Arts, Vocal Music

Next Stage Expansion Campaign

Expansion Campaign Information

A Campaign for Transformation Expansion of Arts Education in Hampton Roads

Specifically, the campaign will fund: 


  1. Increase in the student body and faculty

  2. Expansion of GSA’s facility on Granby Street

Last January, more than 500 students in Hampton Roads summoned their courage and participated in their own personal version of “Fame” - auditioning to be accepted to attend The Governor’s School for the Arts.  Unfortunately, there was room for only 110 of these ambitious and talented students.  Every year, The Governor’s School for the Arts, which attracts students from the eight cities and counties of South Hampton Roads, turns away hundreds of qualified students.  Now, The Governor’s School has an exciting opportunity to expand its instructional space, and with it, significantly increase enrollment and transform its impact on students, and the entire community, for decades to come. 

The result of this expansion will take The Governor’s School for the Arts’ renowned arts education program to an even higher level, affording the students an experience that transcends the  classroom and traditional performance venues by reaching out into the community to create an unprecedented creative energy in Norfolk. 

In total, the Foundation is seeking to raise $4.1 million in the next few years to expand its footprint on Granby Street, increase its student body throughout South Hampton Roads, and significantly broaden its outreach efforts.   

An Investment That Truly Performs!

The Governor's School for the Arts Foundation was created in 1989 to support the programs of the School.  Its mission is to form financial collaborative partnerships with individuals, businesses, foundations, and local, state and federal agencies.

The GSA Foundation is a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Kathryn Shelton, President

  • Eric Thompson, Vice President

  • Elizabeth Boehmcke, Treasurer

  • Dena Cain, Secretary

  • Wendy Auerbach, Jennifer Cahoon, Nancy Creech, Linda Dyer, Susan Eilberg,PhD, Lindsay Eure, Sarah Kingsley, Sarahjane Kirkland, Nathaniel Kinnison,Kamala Lannetti, Dalbe Markman, Cari Parrish, Cassie Rangel, Karen Conwell Smith, Lawrence Steingold, BC Wilson, Michael Woodhead, Deborah Wyld

Make your Gift: Contact the GSA office at 757.995.1671 or Deborah Thorpe


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