Henrico’s Rayvon Owen among headliners at Live Art June 11


Richmonder Rayvon Owen and SPARC alumnus Jason Mraz top the list of nationally known recording artists who will be joined onstage by 200 SPARC students with and without disabilities at “Live Art: Dream” June 11 at 5 p.m. at Altria Theater.

Live Art is the inclusive program, now in its fifth year, for students with and without disabilities created by School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC). 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 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 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; musician, finalist on season 14 of “American Idol” Rayvon Owen; magician, comedian, and television personality, Justin Willman; and musician and actor Ben Lee.

Local artists and performers who will appear include 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, City Singers Youth Choirs, and the Henrico High School Sound Sensations Choir. Community partners for LIVE ART: DREAM include: Faison School for Autism, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), JAMinc., Richmond Symphony, St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools, City Dance Theatre, Collegiate School, Northstar Academy, Virginia Commonwealth University Music Education, VCU ASPiRE, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Host of Sparrows, and public school systems across metropolitan Richmond.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. on April 10 and are available online at http://sparconline.org/tickets and through the Altria Theater Box Office, http://altriatheater.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.
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