We ensure a thriving arts and culture community is felt way beyond a stage or a gallery, and are helping to create a regional destination the world is noticing.


Our mission

To drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

CultureWorks serves the Richmond and Tri-Cities region (City of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, and the town of Ashland) which includes an array of constituents from individual practicing artists, and grassroots arts organizations, to large well-established cultural nonprofits. 

equitable + inclusive

CultureWorks is an organization that inspires, enables and cultivates the cultural life of our community. As such, we value diversity and inclusivity.

CultureWorks endeavors to ensure a thriving arts and culture community. This goes beyond a stage or a gallery. Everyone in our community should have access to arts and culture, as well as the opportunity to express their culture through the arts.

Arts and culture have the power to teach and inspire, to uplift and heal, to empower and liberate, to transform a community.

CultureWorks is committed to fostering creativity, conversations, experiences, relationships, organizations and artists that provide access to arts and culture all across our region and that help create a destination the world is noticing.

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Our Staff

CultureWorks is led by a small but experienced and dedicated team committed to driving a vibrant community through arts and culture for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region.


Scott garka, president

Scott Garka joined CultureWorks in 2015. Scott offers a diverse history of nonprofit and corporate leadership experience with a reputation for driving results across diverse teams through collaboration. Scott is deeply involved with the Richmond Region’s arts and culture community serving in the past as Board Member, Development Chair, and Treasurer for the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  When he’s not working, he can be heard singing with the Richmond Men’s Chorus, or enjoying a show, occasionally performing, at some of our incredible local theater companies.

804.340.5280 ext. 2


caron sterling, Development & Marketing Associate

Caron Sterling joined CultureWorks in 2005 and oversees the Annual Grants Program while also managing public relations, marketing communications, grant writing, and Annual Fund activities. Caron offers a wealth of development and nonprofit experience, having spent the last 15 years working on the financial sustainability and capacity building at Richmond area nonprofits. Caron enjoys the Region’s live music scene from the Richmond Symphony to the gal with a guitar at a local brewery, and everything in-between.

804.340.5280 ext. 1


Terry Menefee Gau, Program Associate

Terry Menefee Gau joined CultureWorks in 2016. Terry creates programing opportunities for local arts and culture organizations including seminars, workshops, and helps bring artoberVA to our region. She is also a local actor, writer, and minister. Terry has a varied theatre and film resume, spanning over 25 years as an actor, producer, writer, and director; including serving as the Coordinating Manager for the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival. Terry can be found perusing the Egyptian and Renaissance exhibits at the VMFA, acting in a local-ish film production, or writing her heart out with the Virginia Screenwriters Forum.

804.340.5280 ext. 3


Kyle Daileda, Communications & Administrative Coordinator

Kyle Daileda joined Culture Works in 2017 and oversees not only the administrative functions of the office but more importantly our social and digital platform communication efforts. Kyle’s nonprofit background includes a similar role with a variety of local organization’s (Think of Us, Virginia Action Alliance) as well as national organizations like Comic Relief USA based in New York City. Kyle enjoys tattoo culture, drag shows, comics and his own creative outlets of poetry and illustration.

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Our Board of Directors

current members


Frazier Millner Armstrong, Managing Partner, Armstrong Partners

Jonathan Baliles, Community Volunteer

Kenya Blake, Dir., Brand Management, US Smokeless Tobacco Company (Altria)

Pam Martin Comstock, President, Gilbert C. Martin Company

Sara Cowherd (Secretary), President, FM Solutions

Katheryn Curtis, Senior VP of Generation, Dominion Energy

Douglas Dorsey, Broker/Owner, Engle & Volkers

Scott Hammer, Principal Consultant, Impact Makers

Hugh Joyce, Owner, James River Air Conditioning

D. Brennen Keene, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

Jenni Kirby, Owner, Crossroads Art Center

Charles Piper, Principal, BCWH Architects

Dr. E. Gaynell Sherrod, Chair, Dept. of Dance & Choreography, VCUarts

Jessica Simmons, Owner, River City Tattoo and Dermaklenz

Brooks Smith, Partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP

Lisa Streat (Chair), Senior VP, Private Client Services, First Tennessee Bank

Marcia Thalhimer, Community Volunteer

Greg Williams (Treasurer), Advisory Senior Manager, EY

Jerry Williams, Owner, TVJerry and SIFTER




Rejena Carreras • David Christian • Michael Falzone • Gordon Fruetel • Charlotte Minor • Kim Scheeler • Geoffrey Sisk • Brock Vaughn



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