ViVA artists, themes and programs

How are ViVA artists and themes selected?

Our Executive Director and Chief Curator consults with a nationwide network of curators, arts administrators, college and university professionals, scholars and artists to develop ViVA’s roster of artists and relevant themes. Our artists are formally invited to participate in ViVA’s program. Themes are selected to align with ViVA’s mission and values.

What is included in a ViVA talk?

A ViVA engagement includes a 50-90-minute talk and dialogue with a contracted artist. To ensure our clients are able to make the most of their time with a chosen artist, we will send educational materials developed by our team of educators and experts. These include sample discussion questions, annotated bibliography, select video links, and other resources to be used by teachers or event organizers in preparing for their ViVA talk.


How much does a ViVA talk cost?

ViVA was formed to streamline the process, remove perceived barriers, and reduce the cost of a traditional in-person speaking engagement. ViVA has a set all-inclusive price of $950 per talk. 50% is due when the contract is signed and the balance will be invoiced the week of your event. If you need additional support in planning your talk we can provide assistance from our team of experienced educators and experts at a rate of $175 per hour, invoiced the week of your event. 


Payments may be sent to: ViVA, P.O. Box 123, Gambier, OH 43022 or you may pay by calling us with your credit card. 


How do I schedule an Artist Talk?

Explore our list of Artists and Themes. Then contact us through our website inquiry form, email us at info@vivavirtualartists.org, or call 740-202-8069. We’ll talk to you about your needs, artists who would be a good match, and review artists’ availability.  

Can ViVA help me organize a panel or a series of artists for my organization?

Yes! We would love to work with you to curate a great panel or series to meet your needs and goals. Whether you need to integrate our artists into your college course curriculum, you are interested in a panel on a particular theme, or you are responsible for the programming for your nonprofit, retiree community, or other group, we can develop a meaningful customized program and plan.


Does ViVA review outside artist portfolios?​

Unfortunately, ViVA can not consider outside artist portfolio submissions.


Is my donation tax deductible?

ViVA is a non-profit organization exempt from federal income taxation under IRC 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible for United States citizens. For donors outside of the United States, please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax-deductible.

How are donations to ViVA spent?

ViVA was built from the ground up to be a lean, highly-efficient organization. All donations to ViVA go toward fulfilling our mission of developing programming, paying artists and our educators. 

Can I gift an Artist Talk to a particular school or organization?

Yes. We recommend speaking with the institution first. They will likely recommend that you make your donation directly to their institution ear-marked for a ViVA talk. If you wish for your gift to be anonymous, please contact us.

Can I designate my gift? 

Gifts of $1,000 or more may be designated. Please contact us for more information.


Is my gift eligible to be matched by my employer?
Quite possibly! Please check with your employer to see if your company has a corporate matching gift program.

ViVA – the organization

What are your organization's office operating hours?

ViVA operates Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm EST. 

Is ViVA a 501(c)(3) organization? 

Yes, ViVA is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 


What is ViVA's EIN number?

ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists EIN number is: 85-3478687.


What is ViVA's non-discrimination policy?

ViVA's non-discrimination policy will be formally adopted by its board in Fall 2021. 

ViVA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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