Dominion ArtStars Award


Light House Studio Receives ArtStars Honor

Charlottesville, VA – Monday, September 28 2015, Light House Studio, the premier filmmaking center for youth in central Virginia, announces that they are a 2015 recipient of the Virginians for the Arts Dominion ArtStars Award. This prestigious recognition will be awarded to Light House Studio on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. during a ceremony at the former Vinegar Hill Theatre, which is the future home for expanded Light House Studio programming. Maggie Guggenheimer, Member of the Board of Directors of Virginians for the Arts and Sarah A. Perkinson, state and local affairs office at Dominion, will be present to honor Light House Studio. Following the award announcement, Light House will showcase last year’s films made with its community partners, many of whom will be in attendance.

Virginians for the Arts, in partnership with the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc., parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, is awarding the annual Dominion ArtStars Awards. Light House Studio received the Regional Shining Star award along with a cash prize of $5,000, which will impact Virginia students’ access to filmmaking and educational programming.

“Light House Studio is honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Dominion ArtStars Award,” noted Deanna Gould, the Executive Director for Light House. “We are pleased to partner with Virginians for the Arts to expand the important role that arts play in the economic, educational and cultural life of all Virginians.”

Light House Studio believes in the importance of collaboration and community, the creativity of young minds, and the lasting benefits of a hands-on, mentor-based approach to teaching the art of filmmaking. Since its founding, Light House has helped youth create thousands of films. In 2015 Light House offered more than 70 workshops to almost 900 students representing 58 schools, partnered with 44 other nonprofits and contracted with 37 local artists to fill 158 mentor slots. Light House’s reach includes underserved students in public housing areas, incarcerated youth, foster care children, and emotionally disabled students.

About Light House Studio
Light House Studio was founded in 1999 by a group of Charlottesville, VA filmmakers, artists, and educators. Since the creation of the first “Video Diary,” Light House Studio has helped hundreds of youth create documentaries, dramas, and animated films. Student work has been broadcast on PBS, CNN, and Public Access Television. Work has been exhibited at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and Second Street Gallery, among others. Light House films have been shown in festivals all over the United States. Several of our students have received national awards for their films, including a Peabody Award, a Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards, and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.