The ProArt Association, based on the UVa-Wise campus, is one of five nonprofit organizations from Virginia to receive a $10,000 Shining Star ArtStars Award.

Dominion Resources recognized ProArt for its WiseJAMS program. WiseJAMS provides instrumental instruction and promotes the area’s cultural heritage to grade school students.

“ArtStars is about recognizing arts and cultural organizations that are making communities and schools more vibrant through theater, art, music, and other artistic forms,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources. “Dominion is proud to support these five winners as they continue their efforts to enrich students’ education through the arts.”

Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well being of the communities served by Dominion companies. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit