Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund

RAAC’s Mitchell Arts Fund seeks to encourage and sustain the arts in Rappahannock County with the goal of enhancing the quality of our community life.

The Fund and its contributions to the community have grown enormously since it was established with a bequest from the estate of Claudia Mitchell, RAAC’s president for many years and a dedicated supporter of the arts and community. Over the past 9 years, the Fund has grown 20-fold with net proceeds from RAAC’s Fall Annual Art Tour and designated gifts from individuals.

Since its start, with $10,000 in 2012, the Fund has awarded $400,000 to over 70 different artists and organizations in the community.

Apply for a Grant

RAAC awards grants in the visual arts, music, writing, theater, dance, film/video, and projects combining multiple media.

We provide grants to emerging and established artists of all ages, arts organizations, arts programs within community-based organizations, collaborative projects, and especially to programs with a community focus.

Recent grants include arts programs in Rappahannock schools; community performances; artists’ residencies, workshops, and continuing education; music and video productions; and dance scholarships.

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Contribute to the Mitchell Arts Fund

Please join us in supporting the arts in Rappahannock by contributing to the Fund. Grants are funded by net income from RAAC programs, principally our Annual Fall Art Tour and by designated gifts.

  • You can donate online using PayPal or credit card by clicking the “Donate” button below to reach the “Donate to the Mitchell Arts Fund” online form.
  • You can mail a check to RAAC, PO Box 24, Washington, VA 22747. Please make your check payable to RAAC and indicate that your gift is for the Mitchell Arts Fund.


Committee Members

  • Barbara Black, co-chair
  • Lynn Dolnick, co-chair
  • Ray Boc
  • Betsy Hille
  • Nancy Raines

Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community
PO Box 24
Washington, VA 22747

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