What we do

We serve through experiences, outreach, and education.


To educate, inspire, enrich and build our community, strengthen local arts organizations, and instill an appreciation of the arts in future generations through the underwriting of world-class performances at the Sandler Center.

Educate| Inspire | Enrich



  • The Foundation’s Education Program serves 15,000 students annually, 80% of whom receive attendance funding. The Education Program’s matinée performances provide many students with their first experience in a world-class performing arts venue.
  • Our Local Heroes Program serves the military, Virginia Beach teachers, first responders and their families by hosting them to a free Sandler Center resident company performance. Since its inception, over 600 Local Heroes and their families have participated.
  • Through a generous sponsorship by the families of Steven and Art Sandler, the Foundation partnered with the Virginia Arts Festival to bring back Itzhak Perlman, the Sandler Center’s opening act, to celebrate 10 successful years of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
  • The Foundation also underwrote Bernstein on Broadway, through a partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival.

Several students shared that this was the first time they had come to a play. They have never experienced real people acting on such a professional stage. We are not able to go to plays/performances where we are located.

Sixth Grade Teacher

Nandua Middle School

“That was awesome!” and “Are they real people?”

Kindergarten Students

(After attending Miss Nelson is Missing), G. A. Treakle Elementary School

Our entire class thought that this show was simply AMAZING!


(After attending The Lightning Thief), Tidewater Academy

The actors were wonderful singers.

Third Grade Students

(After attending The Lightning Thief), Holland Elementary School

Can we come back again tomorrow?

Kindergarten Student

(After attending Nugget & Fang), Rosemont Elementary School

Institutional Partners