Richard M. Parison, Jr. joins the team!The HeART of Hampton is part of Hampton Arts’ mission to advance the arts and enhance the quality of life for all City of Hampton and Coastal Virginia residents and visitors by providing engaging performing and visual arts experiences — now through accessible online content.

In our weekly live episodes of The HeART of Hampton, we'll catch up with artists and industry insiders from around the world and around the corner. You'll also find fun and informative interviews and demonstrations with artists from the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center.

Take a look below, share with friends & family and join us LIVE!

Richard M. Parison, Jr.

Artistic Director

Hampton Arts

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 6 
Thursday, May 28 | 12pm


In this episode of The HeART of Hampton, we talk to Hampton History Museum curator Allen Hoilman about how he and his team are staying busy bringing the history of Hampton alive and online!

Through their engaging educational videos, like “Clips with the Curator,” Hoilman and the Hampton History Museum team are feeding our minds and taking us through time with fascinating historical insight.

Their current exhibit, “Hampton One: Working, Building, and Racing on the Water” takes viewers through an artifact-rich exploration of the locally produced Hampton One-Design sailboat and the competitive sailing culture that grew out of it.  

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 1

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 1
Thursday, April 23 at 12pm


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Join us LIVE this Thursday at noon for the first installment of our new Virtual Arts Series, The HeART of Hampton! In this premiere episode, Artistic Director Richard Parison, will catch up with Hugh Copeland, Founder and Artist Director of the Hurrah Players; Steve Brindle, Music Director for the Hampton Roads Philharmonic; and Evon Dior Michelle, Drag Queen Extraordinaire! Join us as we look across Hampton Roads to see what our artists and art organizations are doing now to prepare for next season. You may be in for a few surprises, too!

Drag Brunch: Home Edition

Sunday, April 26 at 1pm


Make your Sunday a fun day and join us for our first-ever Drag Brunch, Home Edition! Hosted by the ever-fabulous Evon Dior Michelle - Baltimore’s favorite Drag Queen - and featuring her killer co-Queens Erica Chanel and Aira, we’ll kick back on the couch, sip a mimosa, and do brunch how it should be done… online! Be sure to check out some amazing brunch specials from our Premier Restaurant Partners Mango Mangeaux and The Grey Goose! Then cozy up with your grub and hop online for a divalicious good-time!

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Click here to view Mango Mangeaux's special Drag Brunch menu! 

INTERVIEW: Plein Air Painting with Karen Spaulding

DEMO: Plein Air Painting with Karen Spaulding

DEMO: Collage with Eloise Shelton-Mayo

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 2

The HeART of Hampton, Episode 2
Thursday, April 30 | 12pm

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In this second episode of The HeART of Hampton, we catch up with American actor, comedian and director Frank Ferrante; well-known for his beloved stage portrayals of the legendary American comedian Groucho Marx in the internationally touring play Groucho: A Life in Revue. We’ll also talk to Norfolk-based jazz vocalist Liz Terrell about how she’s celebrating International Jazz Day at home and her would-be plans for her Hampton Jazz Festival debut. Then, Chesapeake-based visual artists Cliff and Cindy Guard talk about their latest projects in their respective mediums; woodturning and painting.


INTERVIEW: CHTVAC Instructor Eloise Shelton-Mayo

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 3

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 3
Thursday, May 7 | 7pm


Join us for a special evening edition of The HeART of Hampton this Thursday at 7pm! In this third episode, we talk to Coastal Virginia's favorite time-hopping 80's band, The Deloreans! Since 2007, the band has been drawing crowds all over the East Coast with a playlist topping 10 hours and have become known for their dynamic costumes, unstoppable energy, and incredible talent.

We'll also catch up with internationally acclaimed soul, gospel and jazz vocalist Queen Esther Marrow. The Newport News native has performed with such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Thelonious Monk. She has also had the honor of performing for numerous former U.S. Presidents, The British Royal Family, and Pope John Paul II. No stranger to The American Theatre stage, Marrow reflects on her incredible journey in the music industry and what's in store for the future. 

Water Color Painting with Pam Oden

Drag Brunch: Home Edition (5/10/2020)

Drag Brunch: Home Edition
Sunday, May 10 | 1pm

We're back with another fabulous Drag Brunch: Home Edition! Join us Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m. as Evon Michelle Dior hosts a virtual brunch with her favorite Quarantine Queens, including Honey Davenport from season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race and Baltimore's Myah Duboise! Fix yourself a plate and sashay your way to the couch to join us LIVE!


Be sure to check out some amazing brunch specials from our Premier Restaurant Partners Mango Mangeaux and The Grey Goose! 

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Click here to view Mango Mangeaux's special Drag Brunch menu! 


The HeART of Hampton: Episode 4

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 4
Thursday, May 14 | 12pm

In this episode of The HeART of Hampton, we talk to Master Puppeteer Heidi Rugg, the Founder and Director of the nationally touring Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Rugg works alongside her husband to produce family-friendly puppet shows with their company, which have become a favorite at The American Theatre.

We'll also catch up with Virginia's "triple threat talent," Desiree Roots. No stranger to the American Theatre stage, Roots has garnered high praise with her extensive resume of stage performances throughout Virginia. She has also shared the staged with such musical icons as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Art Porter, and Gerald Albright.

Then we chat jazz with local jazz drummer, composer, music educator, and radio personality Jae Sinnett. The host of WHRV’s Sinnett in Session, Jae is also a prolific composer, arranger, and musician. Since 1986 he has produced 15 albums and has performed with such highly-regarded jazz artists as Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, and Charlie Byrd.

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 5

The HeART of Hampton: Episode 5 
Thursday, May 21 | 12pm



In this episode of The HeART of Hampton, we talk to the Simply Panache Groupe, a Hampton-based lifestyle and entrepreneurial group that pitched their delectable mango preserves on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013. After that appearance, they received 15,000 orders for their gourmet mango preserve in just 48 hours! Fast forward to now, and the Simply Panache Groupe has expanded its portfolio to include a handful of Hampton’s favorite small businesses, such as Mango Mangeaux: A Simply Panache Bistro, which we’re proud to call a Premier Restaurant Partner.

Also in this episode, we’re excited to be joined by a very special guest -- Billboard-topping singer, songwriter, and pianist Avery*Sunshine! Having sold out each of her performances at The American Theatre, Avery is a luminous personality with an equally vibrant talent. We look forward to welcoming Avery back, this time online, to chat about what’s going on in her world!

For years Avery has captivated worldwide audiences with her riveting stage performances, candid and often humorous banter, and optimistic anthems about life. Self-described as “a cross between Bette Midler and Oprah Winfrey,” her distinct sound and far-reaching presence have graced some of the world’s greatest venues, including Madison Square Garden and Smokey Robinson’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute.