Arts For All
The Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University is committed to bringing world-class performers to Hampton Roads and providing access to everyone. The Arts for All program is a key component to make that happen. A community where everyone has the opportunity to experience the arts creates a society that is richer in understanding and broader in its appeal.
Funded by the generous support of the Newport News Arts Commission, businesses and individuals, the program enables every citizen to experience the best the arts have to offer, providing the opportunity to inspire, educate and entertain. Our venue was built under the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards and meets the requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our intent to exceed standard requirements and provide exceptional service to our patrons with disabilities.
Arts for All accomplishes this on several levels:
Services for patrons with special needs, from assisted listening devices to sensory bags for children on the autism spectrum, and from open captioning to Braille programs, are paid for through Arts for All. Our goal is simple: remove all obstacles and welcome everyone who wishes to join us.
Hearing Impaired Access
An American Sign Language interpreter can be provided at many performances with at least two weeks' notice. If we are unable to provide an interpreter, a complimentary companion seat will be given to a patron-provided interpreter.
Patrons may contact the Ferguson Center by using Virginia Relay at (800) 828-1120.
The Ferguson Center has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests at events including those with sensitivities, by offering:
Sensory Bags: Sensory bags containing special KultureCity VIP badges, fidget tools, noise-canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout at our Arts for All table located in the lobby, or upon request.
Quiet Space: A room adjacent to our lobby is available as a designated quiet space.
Weighted Lap Pads: Lap pads are also available at our Arts for All table, or upon request.
Seating for the visually impaired is available. Large print and Braille playbills are available by making a request at least 21 days prior to the performance.
Wheelchair accessible, limited mobility and companion seating is available in various locations and price zones throughout our venue. One companion seat is available per patron. Accessible seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
As a courtesy, a limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available at all performances. Speak to a member of our staff upon arrival.
Handicap Parking is available in the Center's parking garage and in the lot located directly in front of the venue.
Paid Valet Parking is available at most performances for all patrons at a cost of $30 per car. If valet parking is not available, patrons with limited mobility may park in the drop-off circle at our venue's main entrance.
We ask that notice of special needs be addressed at time of ticket purchase so that we may best accommodate our guests. For more information regarding our services, please call (757) 594-8752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education & Community Outreach
We provide educational outreach to schools, senior centers, businesses and after school programs. Sometimes there is no easy way to get those who most need art to the Center, so we bring the arts to them. Throughout the season, guest artists are brought into the community, reaching our neighbors in new and exciting ways through masterclasses, mini-concerts, lectures and meet and greets.
Opportunities for Christopher Newport Students
Training the next generation of arts leaders and advocates is our responsibility. Through money raised in support of Arts for All, we are able to provide student work opportunities in all facets of arts administration and production. It is by paying it forward through mentorship that we ensure a bright future for the arts for generations to come.The program helps to fund lecture-demonstrations, workshops, artist residencies and master classes, as well as provide internships and volunteer opportunities for university students.
Arts for All was established in 2006 to provide discounted tickets to not-for-profit organizations serving children and families who would otherwise be unable to attend. Through the support of Ferguson Enterprises, the Newport News Arts Commission, our sponsors and private donors, the program has greatly expanded to become an integral part of our mission.
Free and Discounted Tickets
- We provide free and discounted tickets to organizations that benefit children and families who could not afford to attend shows otherwise. Each season the Center provides thousands of free and discounted tickets (up to 3,500 tickets annually) to dozens of local organizations throughout Hampton Roads. Benefitting organizations have included Newport News Public Schools, Achievable Dream, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Center for Child & Family Services and Habitat for Humanity, among others.
“We believe in the transformational power of the arts, and the Arts for All program can have a tremendous impact in our community.”
Bruce Bronstein, Executive Director of the Ferguson Center