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Modlin Center for the Arts

We believe the arts serve as a voice for the people. Through creative expression artists confront injustice, transcend barriers, and create shared understanding. We believe it is important that the Modlin Center creates space for these important conversations.  

Although the world has changed in how we gather at the moment, our mission to offer diverse and vibrant arts experiences that engage, inspire, and enrich our community has not changed. 

We will share performing arts experiences from Modlin Center artists that you can enjoy from your home. We will also highlight some of the work for which we are most proud — bringing arts-based educational experiences to University of Richmond students, area K-12 schools, Richmond community, and our patrons.

Virtual Arts

While the Modlin Center may be closed, the show must go on. Click here for an ever-growing list of organizations that are offering free online visual and performing arts experiences.


Mac Wells (American, 1925-2009), Square, 1987, lithograph on paper, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center Collection



August 17, 2020 - July 7, 2021

In honor of the University of Richmond's School of Arts & Sciences thirtieth anniversary, the University of Richmond Museums is opening the exhibition "Conceptualizing Arts & Sciences at Thirty: Prints from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection" on view in the Modlin Center Atrium and Booker Hall.

The exhibition features artworks selected from eleven portfolios that were created to visualize academic themes present in scholarship at UR, including but not limited to, leadership, race, gender, war and protest, and family/culture. The exhibition provides an opportunity for audiences to see the same topic through different lenses, share perspectives, encourage dialogue, and for individuals to understand where they fit within the greater context of the theme and community.

Arts Across America


Facebook Live | Daily, 4pm

In collaboration with arts organizations across the country, the Arts Across America series from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature 200 diverse and visionary artists who play leadership roles in their community, exemplify diverse regional artistic styles, and use their medium as a tool for advocacy and social justice.

The series will present 20 weeks of free, online programming available on Facebook Live, Youtube, and their website. All of the performances are also available to watch after the performance. 

Arts Experiences for Families and Educators
Remote Teaching Resources


Getting ready for remote and hybrid learning this school year? The John F. Kennedy Center offers educators and families two incredible collections of educational resources to help infuse the arts into remote teaching and learning.


The Remote Teaching Resources provides educators and parents with ideas and strategies for addressing the needs of students who will study and learn online. The collection includes remote teaching lesson plans, tips for teaching online, and related resources. 

ArtsEducation@Home is geared more for families and features online arts education resources that are useful for students of all ages.


Education and Engagement


The University of Richmond's Sophomore Scholars In Residence (SSIR) program combines a traditional academic course with co-curricular learning activities throughout a student’s entire sophomore year. SSIR students live together as a cohort in an SSIR residence hall. Students enhance their experience by leaving campus together as a community to participate in community-based learning that connects with their classroom learning. Every SSIR community has strong engagement with a faculty member who teaches the class, travels with them, serves as mentor to their research, and guides the community throughout the year.

The SSIR Arts in Action: Arts, Philanthropy, and Community program was offered in connection with the Arts Management concentration. This multidisciplinary class studied the world of nonprofit arts management and the ways in which arts and culture are consumed, produced, and supported in the U.S. Through research, class discussion, and readings, students explored the roles of private philanthropy and public policy in advancing the arts and its impact in the community. 

Students connected what they learned in the classroom with experiential learning with local arts leaders and through travel opportunities. In community trips to Washington D.C. and New York, students visited some of the nation’s leading arts and cultural organizations, including The John F. Kennedy Center, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Opera, BAM, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Learn More

University of Richmond Experts Share Research, Knowledge, and Helpful Tips Related to COVID-19 

From mathematical modeling of infectious disease to healthy eating to the economic impact, University of Richmond faculty and staff are adding perspective to the news of the day. 

Can a cartoon raccoon keep schoolkids safe from COVID-19? Find out in an article in Scientific American authored by Kelly Lambert, professor of behavioral neuroscience. 

Campus Reopening

Local station NBC12 showcased how the University of Richmond is reopening campus with new safety measures.

Learn about the modular housing units UR is using as part of its COVID-19 planning in the Richmond Times Dispatch

University Response to COVID-19

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Learn about Elizabeth Van Lew, a Church Hill Civil War spy in this walking tour by Richmond Story House, a local nonprofit.



The Byrd Theatre is offering a range of films in their virtual screening room to continue to provide the broadest possible public access to exceptional cinematic experiences while they are temporarily closed.



While Wickham House is closed to the public, you can view a 360-degree virtual tour of this National Historic Landmark built in 1812. Explore aspects of life in the early 19th century and read the story of the Wickham family and the home’s enslaved occupants.



University Museums is creating a free resource, Civil Rights Richmond: Museum in a Box that will be available both online soon and as a portable, physical resource (once COVID-19 dissipates).

Each box includes lesson plans based on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and relevant activities to encourage discussion, observation, and investigation. If would like to be notified when this resource is available, please contact Martha Wright, assistant curator of academic and public engagement.


Made possible by grant funding from Virginia Humanities

Modlin Center Staff Playlists

Walter Schoen

Associate Professor of Theatre
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance

"As I look over the music here, it is not so much a “playlist” as it is the “tunes” that linger in the memory and warm the soul in these oddly cold and isolated times. As I listen to the playlists where these songs reside, they never fail to catch me with an offer of peace and tranquility. Even some of the more unusual tunes on the list are capable of eliciting a joy to the ear and to the heart."

Handel  "Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major"
Etta James  "At Last"
John Prine  "Please Don’t Bury Me"
Billie Holiday  "God Bless the Child"
Bob James  "Angela (Theme from Taxi)"
Four Tops  "I’ll Be There"
Aretha Franklin  "(You Better) Think"
Jimmy Buffett  "One Particular Harbor"
Glenn Miller  "Moonlight Serenade"
James Taylor  "Copper Line"
Stephen Sondheim  "A Little Night Music – Weekend in the Country"
Carly Simon  "Comin’ Around Again"
Doobie Brothers  "Black Water"
Manhattan Transfer  "Route 66"
Nat King Cole Trio  "Straighten Up and Fly Right"
The Temptations  "Get Ready"
John Prine  "Fish and Whistle"
Jimmy Buffett  "Defying Gravity"
J.S. Bach  "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major"

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