Vision & Impact of the Cook FoundationThe Cook Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, privately funded organization created in 1999, whose mission is to nurture and sponsor the arts in Gloucester, Virginia. With a small board, it functions as a philanthropic community-based organization that responds to the artistic dreams and needs of the community it serves.
The Foundation creates innovative arts events, supports arts education and raises art awareness through programs in order to enhance the quality of life of Gloucester residents and encourage pride in the community.
In addition to the Gloucester Arts Festival, noteworthy projects include the annual Virginia Symphony performance, the Beehive Project, the Pocahontas Mural, Main Street Flower Baskets, Chalkfest, original theatre productions, scholarships and many other initiatives to enrich, benefit and diversify the art experience for everyone in the community. It is our belief that lives touched by beauty are happier, healthier lives.
If you have a community project idea or if you are a student and would like to serve as a youth advisor, please contact us and let’s chat!
Our Board of Directors
Front Row LtoR: Jenny Crittenden – Executive Director, Adrianne Ryder Cook Joseph – President, Rosie Crawford – Bookkeeper
Back Row: Melanie Hartman – Board Member, Carolyn Dudley – Vice President, Karen Flowe – Secretary, Mollie Stewart – Board Member
The Gloucester Arts Festival
Here at the Cook Foundation we just love art. We also love our community and when we get a chance to combine them into a month-long arts festival our hearts are filled to the brim because we know how powerful art can be and how it impacts our lives in so many amazing ways.
We invite you to check out the Gloucester Arts Festival website and start to plan your art lovin’ month during June where you will experience symphony concerts in the open air – not once but twice. You’ll get to interact with 20 plein air painters from the Mid-Atlantic region, many of them the best in their field and start your own collection or add to it.
Between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Art Mobile and the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Glass Blowing Exhibit, we have worked alongside the arts festival committee to bring these renowned museums to YOU.
Last year we saw so many Instagram and Facebook photos of the Seward Johnson sculptures on Main Street and we enjoyed seeing the public interaction with these three statues so we’ve committed to bringing ten of them this year, all from the “Familiar Series”. They weren’t the only popular spots for photographs and interacting with art because the new Daffodil Mural made headlines and drew regional attention and added to our growing sense of place here on Main Street and in Gloucester. This year, we have commissioned another mural and can’t wait to see it take shape during the first few weeks of June on the side of the Rev-It-Up building.
There are SO many more events you’ll want to know about so click here to get all of the details.
As the warmth of sun will be upon us in June, the arts will warm and renew our souls.