ABOUT THE PERKINSON CENTER FOR THE
ARTS & EDUCATION
Extraordinary cultural arts experiences in your community, hand crafted for you by loving and welcoming experts in this premier venue.
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.
The 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 Art Gallery
A 1,250 square foot multipurpose Education Center with attached patio
A 520 square foot classroom
And for touring artists: green room, chorus dressing rooms, and star dressing rooms
The Perkinson Center will feature 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.
TOP FINANCIAL DONORS
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 and continued operation of the arts center.
W. Baxter and Elaine Perkinson
Donna Dean Stevens and Jayson Stevens
Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
The Cabell Foundation
Hugh & Debbie Cline
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
Rotary Club of South Richmond
Brad and Frazier Armstrong
Gary and Sherrie Armstrong
Rotary Club of South Richmond Endowment
Darrell and "Boozie" Martin
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.
Rotary Club of Chester
Clem and Janis Carlisle
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2021 Board Members
Jamie Nowakowski, Chairman
Mike Mabe, Vice Chairman
Chris Badura, Treasurer
Sarah Snead, Secretary
Jane Baskerville, Ph.D.
Baxter Perkinson, Jr. D.D.S
Brennen Keene, Legal Representative
The Building Board
Thanks to the service of the following board members, the Perkinson Center now exists today:
Elizabeth J. Matthews (deceased)
Jane J. Baskerville, Ph.D.
James A. “Jimmy” Jacobs
C.F. Sonny Currin
Sue Ann Messmer
Brennen Keene (Legal Representative)
RENTALS & TOURS
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.