You are invited to the Renaissance Academy for the Performing Arts

“Celebration of the Arts Gala & Fundraiser”

Experience an elegant evening with a profound purpose. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund Renaissance Academy for the Performing Arts programs and scholarships.

Ticket price includes a plated dinner, entertainment by the renowned Victor Haskins Jazz Quartet, Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures, internationally acclaimed Comedian Micah “Bam Bamm” White, and national recording artist Joseph Clarke. The Master of Ceremony will be the esteemed Juan Conde, ABC 8 WRIC News Anchor. Special presentation from Dr. Lance D. Watson, Senior Pastor of The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. Special guest appearance from Richmond City Mayor Levar Stoney. Black tie attire. 18 years old and up only.


An initiative of the Saint Paul's Baptist Church


The Renaissance Academy for the Performing Arts (RAPA) seeks to develop youth in K-12th grades who impact other individuals, the family, the community and the world, utilizing the performing arts as their instrument.

Developing talent and character, harnessing passion,

impacting our community

From the novice to the more experienced artist, RAPA provides youth in the Greater Richmond Area opportunities to increase their proficiency and mastery in various arts disciplines while forming the character of a self- aware, assured and expressive leader.

Our talented and motivated artists grow in their abilities and knowledge of their craft while gaining confidence and tools to positively impact the world around them.


A Community Transformed

RAPA’s mission is to develop youth as performing artists, who use their moral compass and wisdom to know and to do what is appropriate, decent and exemplary.

Participants are equipped with the tools needed to be leaders in their communities of influence.  As a result, we will witness a community transformed through the performing arts:

·    Participants gain awareness of their self through effective self-expression and self-discovery as they assess and apply their gifts and talents.

·    Families will be exposed to diverse cultures through presentations, special events and student artifacts.

·    Communities will have increased awareness, exposure and understanding of the relevance of the performing arts.


Support our Youth

·    Become an Instructor: 

We are accepting applications for instructors for Fall 2017 core classes in the area of music- vocal, music- instruments, dance and theater.  Send cover letter and resume/CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

·    Join our Volunteer Team: 

Skills-based and general volunteer opportunities are available.  As RAPA launches, support in governance, fundraising, grant-writing, evaluation, programming and other areas is appreciated.  Contact our team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to share your interest and learn more! 

·    Donate to the Academy:

Your generous financial support of RAPA ensures interested youth – regardless of skill level, previous access or ability to pay, will have an opportunity to study a performing arts discipline.  Donate here.


Academy Programs

Featuring group and private courses in dance, vocal, instruments and theatre

Beginning Fall 2017

·      Master Classes:  Instructed by acclaimed local and/or national artists deepening skill and knowledge in specific elements of the featured discipline.  All classes to be held at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church – Creighton Campus (4247 Creighton Rd. Henrico, VA 23223), unless otherwise noted.





Latin Ballet

Musical Theatre - featuring First Lady Rose Watson

Urban Dance (Hip Hop & Break Dancing)

Vocals • Musical Instruments