The goal of the SPARKS: Digital Media Art Lab, is to offer contemporary creative arts and technology to young,
socio-economically challenged people within the greater
Lynchburg area.

Through the arts and in partnership with local businesses like Blackwater Branding and in collaboration with GMU School of Art, Sparks opened at Riverviews Artspace in June 2018 and will offer young people the opportunity to learn digital and contemporary creative skills.

While keenly interested in the medium, the technology necessary is not readily available or affordable at either school or home – denying teens and young adults the opportunity to obtain valuable skills that would enable them to be more competitive in the employment market. Therefore, by providing a Digital Media Lab with workshops and programs, we are providing opportunities for the community to learn digital literacy—a skill all will need as digital technology becomes more pervasive and necessary for expertise in the field.

These skills will be imperative to better employment. Especially for the youth who cannot afford to continue education post high school graduation. It will help break this cycle of perpetuating poverty.

We thank our generous sponsors the Best Buy Foundation, ELRO Trust of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, and the Easley Foundation for making this exciting program possible!

Would you or someone you know like to teach a class in our SPARKS Digital Media Art Lab? Reach out to us with your proposal by filling out our proposal form.
Here’s a sneak peak at what the students created in our preliminary pilot program.
This was their first time utilizing any kind of design software or taking photographs, what a difference an afternoon can make!
SPARKS: Digital Media Art Lab is located downstairs in Riverviews Artspace at 901 Jefferson Street, Suite G9, Lynchburg VA. 24504

Want to learn more about SPARKS or have questions?

Contact Stephen Kissel / Events and Media Manager –

Stephen is working hard to develop curriculums to suit the needs of our community. He hopes to be able to offer people in the community a large range of skill sets, from graphic design and animation to videography.