The City of Richmond is bursting with cultural opportunities. VCU’s location in the heart of the Fan district makes it easy for VCU students to take advantage of these cultural offerings. VCU calls Richmond an urban canvas.

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage as well as venues throughout the Richmond area, and students are offered significantly discounted tickets to each performance. The Virginia OperaModlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and the Richmond Jazz Society also offer diverse arts programming to Richmond and the surrounding areas. In addition, jazz clubs, churches and university and private functions provide ample performance opportunities for music students at VCU.

Although Richmond is an art-centric town, there’s much more all around us. Hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting opportunities abound. Brown’s Island and Maymont are just a few of the natural treasures VCU Music students name as their favorite Richmond spots.

Richmond is a thriving capital city full of cultural diversity, great food, festivals and entertainment. We are home to the James River Park System, one of the largest inner city park systems in the country. Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, and the Blue Ridge mountains are only 2 hours away. Here are some other distinctions of Richmond:

  • Named a top city for creatives by Thrillist
  • Named “the modern cultural capital of the South” by Men’s Journal
  • Ranked in the top “Best Places to Live in the USA” by U.S. News
  • Ranked as the “Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America” by Gogobot study
  • Listed third on “The Top 10 Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs” by Thumbtack
  • Ranked 4th among the Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future in Foreign Direct Investment Magazine (fDi)