Community Partners

What does it mean to partner with the Cook Foundation?

When the Cook Foundation looks to partner with an organization or entity, it looks for a commitment to the mission of nurturing the arts and responding to our community’s dreams.

When you partner with the Cook Foundation, you become a part of something greater than one person, one organization, or even one community.

An exciting success can happen from partnering with the Cook Foundation! Operated by a small and cohesive Board of Directors, the Foundation welcomes partnerships with others who have a vision and a passion for art, along with an understanding that we succeed by offering art to everyone.

The Cook Foundation promotes music, theater and art through partnerships including the Virginia Symphony, Arts at Abingdon, the Courthouse Players with Missoula Children’s Theater, The Chrysler Musuem, VMFA and many others.

The Cook Foundation welcomes enquiry from other groups with an idea for ways to nuture art that brings people together and uplifts the community. They can share impactful financial support and savvy for making things happen.

Arts On Main

The Cook Foundation has been instrumental in establishing Arts On Main as a premier art center. The Foundation, under the direction of Adrianne Ryder-Cook Joseph, realizes the importance that the arts have to the Gloucester community. A strong art program benefits residences and businesses alike. Gloucester is very fortunate to have the Cook Foundation and, of course, Arts On Main.

The Challenge grant and technical support provided by the Cook Foundation has helped secure new and increased funding and to develop the necessary staff and infrastructure to support the education and cultural programming.

Most importantly, this partnership has created a dynamic, thriving arts scene for the region.

Arts on Main’s partnership in the creation of the Gloucester Arts Festival will allow this exciting and innovative initiative to enhance the appreciation and experience of all the Arts for citizens of the region in new and creative ways.

Lynne Manning

“Over the years, Arts on Main has been the lucky recipient of many financial gifts from the Cook Foundation as they fulfill their mission to raise arts awareness and education in Gloucester….a mission that aligns so closely with the mission of Arts on Main. Most grateful for the many collaborations between the two organizations, Arts on Main looks forward to remaining a significant contributor in the future success of Gloucester Arts Festivals, Artist in Residency programs and events, and other community projects. We are ever more strengthened by and appreciative that the Cook Foundation chooses to support Arts on Main as a valued partner in bringing the arts to our region.”

– Lynne Bohon Manning / Chair, Board of Directors

Artist in Residency

The creation of the Arts on Main Artist in Residency program is the realization of a dream of Adrianne Ryder-Cook Joseph. Sponsored by the Cook Foundation, the program is for invited artists of all disciplines from around the world. Artists enjoy deeply focused time to explore, experiment, and to work independently in the beautiful and serene setting of Goshen estate. While in residency, artists engage with the community adding excitement to our already vibrant arts scene.

Nominated artists from beyond Gloucester are invited to bring their creative energy to us! Our surroundings are exceptional in their beauty, tranquility and authenticity. By sharing our unique environment with artists from around the world, we hope to nourish those individual artists and to foster their connections with our community. Residencies happen throughout the year and for any creative discipline.

The purpose of the residency is twofold. To provide an immersive experience for emerging and established artists, alike, giving them time and space to challenge themselves to reach the next level of their artistic talent and experience. In addition, the program is a catalyst for creativity and new ideas made accessible to the Gloucester community through events that are free and open to the public.“We look forward to encouraging these artists with the support of the local community and engagement through Arts on Main hosted events such as demonstrations, talks, workshops or performances,” said Betsy Henderson, Executive Director of Arts on Main.

Artist in Residency program

Mollie Stewart

“This exciting new program enables invited artists to bring creative energy to the Gloucester community.” said Melanie Chambers Hartman, director of the Artist in Residency program for Arts on Main.

“Thanks to the Cook Foundation’s generous support of this Arts On Main residency program, myriad artists from afar benefit from a working residency in Gloucester. Whether painting, sculpting, writing, or other form of creativity, the artists’ time is spent however they choose – in the studio or in restorative contemplation. And before they leave, every artist shares some part of their creativity with our county, for free, so that our entire community can benefit.”

– Mollie Stewart / AiR Director

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VMFA’s new state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio, VMFA on the Road, launched in October 2018. Since then, it has traveled to all corners of Virginia, providing opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to see and experience works of art from the VMFA collection up close.

Over 2800 visitors enjoyed the fine art from VMFA on the road. The art mobile was in Gloucester twice in 2019, first for the Daffodil Festival and then it returned for the Gloucester Arts Festival.

VMFA on the Road currently features the exhibition How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which includes works by the following acclaimed artists, all of whom have some connection to Virginia: Julien Binford, Ann Chenoweth, Esther Worden Day, Steven Fishman, Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Arthur Sawyers, Charles Sibley, and more.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bus
Inside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bus

“We are very grateful for the Cook Foundation’s support of VMFA on the Road, our re-imagined Artmobile for the 21st Century. With their investment, the Cook Foundation continues to nurture the arts in Gloucester while advancing the efforts of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to enrich the lives of all Virginians through the arts. This is the best form of partnership-one that furthers the missions of both organizations while serving a public good.”

– Alex Nyerges, Director

Fairfield Foundation

THE CAPE (The Center for Archeology, Preservation & Education) The Cook Foundation’s support initiated the restoration and perpetual preservation of J. C. “Capt. Jack” Brown’s Edge Hill Service Station. Through the Cook Foundation’s transformative gift, we restored the 1930s landmark into a center for archaeology, preservation and education, providing hands-on learning opportunities for the community. Since opening in 2018, the CAPE has hosted dozens of events including speakers series, artifact washing days, and anchored events on Main Street for Christmas, Halloween, and the Daffodil Festival.

Before photo of Texaco Building restored by Fairfield Foundation
After photo of Texaco Building restored by Fairfield Foundation

“It means everything to know that you’re not alone. The Cook Foundation gave us the confidence to dream big, take risks, and make a difference in our community.”/

– Dave Brown

Cook Foundation logo in white

The Cook Foundation nurtures and sponsors the arts in Gloucester, Virginia, and responds to the artistic dreams and needs of the community we serve.