Jun 11 , 2017

Nationally-known recording artists and 200 SPARC students with and without disabilities will take the stage together for a night of music, dance, visual art, and inspiring human connection for what has become one of Richmond’s favorite and most anticipated annual performances.  

LIVE ART is SPARC’s inclusive program for students with and without disabilities. Working together in a variety of visual and performing arts classes for one year, students with a range of disabilities alongside typically developing students, rehearse their performances while building relationships and understanding of one another using SPARC’s unique ACE (acceptance, compassion, and empathy) curriculum. The program, now in its fifth year, culminates in an annual mega-show, featuring nationally and regionally recognized recording artists and performers performing with each class collectively performing visual and performing arts.

This year’s show, titled LIVE ART: DREAM will feature:

~ Three-time Grammy Award winner and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty Rob Thomas;
~ Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award Winner Paul Williams, accompanied by his longtime collaborator Chris Caswell, noted composer, arranger, and lyricist;
~ Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy Award winner and SPARC alumnus Jason Mraz;
~ Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat;
~ Magician, comedian, and television personality Justin Willman;
~ Richmond, VA native, musician, and finalist from season 14 of American Idol, Rayvon Owen;
~ Musician and actor Ben Lee;
~ Local artists and performers: Desirée Roots, Susan Greenbaum, Steve Bassett, Daniel Clarke, Samson Trinh, David Fisk, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra String Ensemble, Host of Sparrows, City Dance Theatre, and the Henrico High School Sound Sensations Choir.

For more information on the concert and the students’ year-long program, visit

Major project funding is provided by Altria Group, the Jason Mraz Foundation, the Stanley and Kim Markel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, among others.

* Please note that guest artists are subject to change without notice.

sign language interpretation white.pngSpecial seating available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing patrons. Please call or visit the Altria Theater Box Office at 804-592-3368 or 6 N. Laurel St. to purchase tickets.

  • Event Info
  • Jun 11 , 2017
  • Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 10 at 10AM online at, by calling (800) 514-3849 or at the Altria Theater and Dominion Arts Center box offices.

  • $40-$80
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