For 36 years, SPARC has been “setting the stage for life” serving youth, schools, families and communities throughout the Richmond, Virginia region. Our mission is to inspire young people (ages 3-18) to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. The mission is facilitated through professional artists presenting a range of classes, workshops, camps, productions and community outreach programs. Since 1981, SPARC has served an estimated 15,000 youth and their families directly, as well as their schools, neighborhoods and the community at large. Through performing arts education, SPARC develops life skills such as confidence, creativity, problem solving, and presentation skills and gives highly talented and motivated students training that will serve them well at top university performing arts schools.