Downing-Gross is more than an event venue, we're the home of cultural arts in Newport News. Whether or not you live in Newport News, the Peninsula, or the greater Hampton Roads metropolitan area, you can become a partner of the arts and help support the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.


Own a local business? Work for an arts-loving company? We have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for the business community.

As a Downing-Gross sponsor, you can demonstrate your commitment to supporting the arts while reaching a passionate, creative local audience.


Are you a professional artist, musician, or performer? We'd love to have you teach a workshop or class in one of our fabulous spaces. We're looking for instructors to teach both children and adults, small and large groups alike. 

Share your creative gift with our audience. We’ll help you promote your workshop and handle registration.  


From helping to run the door at events, to being an usher in the theater, or a docent in one of our galleries, Downing-Gross has several volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in the arts. 

We're looking for volunteers who can contribute any amount of time, from just a few hours a month, to a few days a week.



The Downing-Gross Advisory Board is made up of Newport News residents who care about raising the bar for the arts in Newport News.  Board Members are appointed following an official application process, however, the semi-monthly meetings are open to the public. Learn more about joining the advisory board.

Next meeting:

For more information on sponsoring, teaching, volunteering, or the advisory board, please fill out the form below:


Want to Partner? Send Your Info and We'll Be in Touch:

Name *
Phone *
I'm interested in: *