In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, professionally managed by Spectra Venue Management, opened its doors to 28,576 students, teachers and parents for their student matinees. This was an increase of 9 percent compared to the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Spectra, in partnership with the Sandler Center Foundation, Ballet Virginia International, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Hurrah Players, Virginia Musical Theatre and VBCPS presented over 30 student matinees in Coastal Virginia.
With the mission to provide students access to the arts regardless of a student’s socio-economic status, the Sandler Center Foundation offers a unique cultural experience through its Education Program. This year, the Sandler Center Foundation was able to provide funding for over 80 percent of students who attended their Education Program, which represented students from 52 Title 1 schools in the region.