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Bringing the power of art to ALL!


Managed by the Chesterfield Cultural Arts Foundation (CCAF), the Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education is the region's first public performing and visual arts center to be built from the ground up in the last century.

he venue is more than 20,800 square feet and houses:

  • The 350 seat Jimmy Dean Theater & 35’ x 36’ stage with a 12k laser projector

  • The Baxter & Elaine Perkinson Jr. Art Gallery

  • A 1,250 square foot multipurpose Education Center with attached patio

  • A 520 square foot classroom

  • And for touring artists: green room, ensemble dressing rooms, and star dressing rooms

The Perkinson Center features a variety of artists and performers from around the region and around the world. The venue is also a world-class location for all of your special event needs, whether a wedding, a private party, or corporate work function, guests can immerse themselves in the arts in every space throughout the center. See more about renting the facility here.


The Chesterfield Cultural Arts Foundation (CCAF) is a private 501(c)(3) charged with the responsibility of managing and maintaining the Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education. In conjunction with Chesterfield County, the CCAF began construction of the Perkinson Center in June 2019. As the first newly-constructed community performing and visual arts center in Chesterfield County, the Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education stands to set new precedents for arts and culture in the Richmond region while expanding new opportunities to engage in arts and culture in the Tri-Cities.

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The heart of the Foundation is composed of Chesterfield business leaders and community members who are dedicated to the vision and mission to transform and enrich our community by providing an intimate experience with the arts across generations and across the region that inspires the exploration of curiosity, creativity, and culture.

Partners in the Arts

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Chelsea Buyalos, Executive Director


Heather Miles, Office Manager


Teri-Gene Conlin,Director of Development


Jon Shelley, Production Manager

& Technical Director

Join our team!

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2023-24 Board Members

Matt Clarke, Chairman

Sarah Snead, Vice Chairman
Gary Armstrong

Chris Badura

Jim Daniels
Bonnie Cauthorn

Carrie Coyner

Ashley Hall

Chase Hill

Paul Hux

Mike Mabe
Suzanne Mallory-Parker
Ken Oxendine

Baxter Perkinson, Jr. D.D.S

Lane Ramsey

The Building Board


Thanks to the service of the following board members, the Perkinson Center now exists today:

Elizabeth J. Matthews (deceased)

Hugh Cline
Clem Carlisle 
Sam West 
Tam Moody
Gail Letts
Lane Ramsey
Jane J. Baskerville, Ph.D.
George Emerson
Jim Daniels
James A. “Jimmy” Jacobs
PC Amin
C.F. Sonny Currin
Sue Ann Messmer

Amanda King
Brennen Keene (Legal Representative)


We are grateful to the citizens of Chesterfield County for supporting this multi-million project. In addition to the county's partnership, many financial donors have played a significant role in the building of the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education. The following patrons contributed $10,000 or more to ensure the construction.




Chesterfield County

W. Baxter and Elaine Perkinson


Donna Dean Stevens and Jayson Stevens

​Mary Morton Parsons Foundation 

The Cabell Foundation



Hugh & Debbie Cline

Cameron Foundation

Mildred House Estate

James A. (Jimmy) Jacobs

In Honor of Joseph and Jacquelin Ukrop
Greg and Linda Gwaltney



Family of Dorothy and Larry Armstrong
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. E. Angus Powell
Lane and Paula Ramsey
J. Dale Patton
Jim Daniels and Courtney Wells
Elizabeth (Betty) Matthews
TowneBank Richmond Foundation
Earle Spencer Jr
George and Darlene Emerson
Phil and Kathy Roper
Una Harrison

Rotary Club of South Richmond


Pramod and Purnima of Shamin Hotels
Family of the Allen Tire Company
C.F. (Sonny) Currin Jr
Friends of Chesterfield County Library
Sam and Anne West
Richard and Monique Smith
Carol & Clarence William | Estes Express Lines
In Honor of Harry J. and Lorraine B Moody
Kiwanis Club of Chester
Rudy L. Hawkins Electrical Contractor

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.


Brad and Frazier Armstrong
Gary and Sherrie Armstrong
Rotary Club of South Richmond Endowment
Darrell and "Boozie" Martin

Dominion Energy

Rotary Club of Chester

Herbert Gill

Bruce Spencer

Lee Hanbury

Clem and Janis Carlisle

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Wow your guests at every step when you choose to share your special event at the Perkinson Center. If you are interested in renting the center, please see our rental rates here.

Most tours are given Monday-Friday, however special accommodations can be made for weekend tours. To schedule a tour of the venue, please reach out to us here.

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