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Do Not Miss Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Do Not Miss Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Sunday, July 27th is the last day you will be able to view Posing Beauty in African American Culture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture examines the contested ways in which African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. The exhibition is organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, traveled by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, and curated by Dr. Deborah Willis. The touring exhibition is made possible in part by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Additional support has been provided by grants from the Tisch School of the Arts Office of the Dean’s Faculty Development Fund, Visual Arts Initiative Award from the NYU Coordinating Council for Visual Arts, and NYU’s Advanced Media Studio. Drawn from public and private collections, Posing Beauty features approximately 85 works by artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eve Arnold, Gary Winogrand, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Renee Cox, Anthony Barboza, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

Young Entrepreneur Program Enters Week Three

Young Entrepreneur Program Enters Week Three

Over 30 students at P. B. Young Sr., Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia are participating in our award-winning Young Entrepreneur Program this summer. The six week program begins with the students learning basic business terminology and concepts and concludes with them operating a small business during an open house event. This year the companies at the open house will include a lemonade stand, a photography booth and a face painting salon.

In the picture above, the students are studying marketing techniques by learning what information should be included (and omitted) from a business card.

5th annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

5th annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

The 5th annual Richmond Jazz Festival, presented by Altria, lets its attendees experience America’s original art form in such a way that transforms the city of Richmond, Virginia into a jazz mecca for nearly a week.

The 5th annual Richmond Jazz Festival extends to four days this year (August 7-10) and features more than 20 top, Grammy Award-winning, international and national jazz talents.

In just five short years, the Richmond Jazz Festival has become one of the largest music festivals in the nation, attracting guests from across the world. Set along the backdrop of the 100-acre American estate at Maymont, guests have the opportunity to watch their favorite artists perform on two stages.

This year’s lineup proves attractive to all true jazz and art enthusiasts alike, connecting musical art and talent of various forms. In addition to live jazz, guests can also look forward to complimentary wine tastings from one of the country’s premium wine producers, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; chef demonstrations hosted by local and national award-winning chefs; artist meet and greets; and over 30 food and merchandise vendors from across the region!


RVA Fireworks on the James

RVA Fireworks on the James

Entertainment begins at approximately 7:30 PM • Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:15 PM

RVA Fireworks on the James is a FREE “Patriotic Family Fun” event that will feature performances by SPARC (School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion,” and the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Food Vendors will be on Brown’s Island and the public is invited to bring a picnic (alcohol and pets not permitted) and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy music simulcast on WRIR-FM, 97.3 during the evening and see the state’s largest fireworks show, a World Class program designed and fired by the Gruccis of New York, the “Top Name in Fireworks Entertainment in the World.” Grucci fireworks is family owned, headquartered on Long Island, New York, with production and distribution facilities in Radford, Virginia.

The Grucci show will be designed for 360-degree views. In addition to Brown’s Island, excellent viewing sites will be available in surrounding areas such as Manchester and Chimborazo Park.

(City of Richmond News Release available here)

In case of rain, the event will take place on Saturday, July 5th. Music will be provided on Brown’s Island; however, entertainment scheduled for July 3rd will not take place.

Celebrate the 4th of July with $4 Pet Adoptions

Celebrate the 4th of July with $4 Pet Adoptions

The Richmond SPCA is celebrating America’s birthday by holding $4 pet adoptions the first week of July!

The adoption fee for all pets ages 6 months and older will be $4. Potential adopters will meet with adoption staff, who will provide thorough counseling to help ensure lasting matches for both pets and people. Pets adopted from the Richmond SPCA go home spayed or neutered, up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipped.

The $4 Richmond SPCA adoption event is sponsored by The HelpDesk Company and will be held June 29 from noon to 5 p.m., June 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and July 1-3 from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Pets available for adoption may be seen online by visiting www.richmondspca.org/cats or www.richmondspca.org/dogs. The Richmond SPCA’s adoption process is detailed at www.richmondspca.org/adopt.

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Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts 2014

Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts 2014

From opera to musicals, concerts to fireworks, check out the new season of Dogwood Dell’s Festival of Arts.

Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts has been hosting free performances for a few weeks now and we’ll be honest – we missed a few!

Here’s the rest of the schedule, so you don’t miss out either.

Opera in the Park returns this year for another free performance (last year was amazing!), as well as free concerts, ballet, Shakespeare and, of course, free fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The Ha’Penny Stage also has a full slate of performances aimed at kids, held at 11 a.m. on different days of the week.

All performances at the main stage and Ha’Penny stage are free and open to the public.

Dogwood Dell Main Stage

June 27 – June 29: “The Compleat Works of Shakespeare Abridged,” Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m.
July 1: Glennroy and Company, 8 p.m.
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration with Bak N Da Day, Carillon Bell Concert, Richmond Concert Band and fireworks, bands start at 5:15 p.m., fireworks at dusk.
July 6: Plunky and Oneness, 8 p.m.
July 10: Elegba Folklore Society, 8:30 p.m.
July 11: David Esleck, 8 p.m.
July 12: English Channel, 8 p.m.
July 13: Gospel Festival, 4 p.m.
July 25 & 27: Musical “42nd Street,” 8:30 p.m.
August 1-2: Musical “42nd Street,” 8:30 p.m.
August 3: Silent Movie, “Spite Marriage,” featuring live musical accompaniment by Ben Miller & J.C. Wright, 8:30 p.m.
August 8: Concert Ballet of Virginia, 8:30 p.m.
August 9: City Dance Theatre, 8:30 p.m.
August 16: Latin Jazz Festival, 3 p.m.
August 30: Opera in the Park presented by The Virginia Opera, 7 p.m. (rain date August 31)

Ha’Penny Stage
June 29: Jonathan Austin, 2 p.m.
July 9: Applause Unlimited, 11 a.m.
July 11: Miss Vicki’s Gardens, 11 a.m.
July 12, 19, & 26: Storybook Saturdays, 11 a.m.
July 16: Diggity Dudes, 11 a.m.
July 20: Ty-Rone Travis, 4 p.m.
July 25: SPARC, 11 a.m.
July 27: Deborah Also, The Backpack Storyteller, 4 p.m.
July 31: Clowning Around with Shakespeare, 11 a.m.
August 2: Storybook Saturdays, 11 a.m.
August 7: Life Stage, 11 a.m.

Find out more at: http://www.richmondgov.com/parks.

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Introducing the Richmond Garden Trail

Introducing the Richmond Garden Trail

Richmond planted the seeds a year ago and is now seeing the blooms from a new garden trail for the region as the Richmond Garden Trail was announced during a Beautiful RVA meeting Wednesday.

The Richmond Garden Trail is “designed to capitalize on growing interest in garden tourism” according to a release and is a partnership among Richmond Region Tourism, The Jefferson Hotel and eight inaugural attractions: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Agecroft, Virginia Museum of Architecture and Design, Capitol Square, Valentine Richmond History Center, and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.

“It’s a user-friendly itinerary of garden-related experiences,” according to Beth Monroe, one of the trail’s organizers and public relations director at Lewis Ginter. “We already work together to cross-market each other; this is a way we can use existing resources to do that more effectively.”

Monroe said the idea for the trail began during a Public Square at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in April 2013 and evolved quickly from there.  (more…)

2nd Annual NEF Golf Classic “Golfing for Education”

2nd Annual NEF Golf Classic "Golfing for Education"

We have worked closely with Norfolk Public Schools over the years, so  we were happy to attend the Norfolk Education Foundation‘s charity golf tournament at Cypress Point Country Club for the second year in a row. The event brings together many of the top business executives and community leaders whose generosity supports the students, teachers and enhances the quality of education of Norfolk Public Schools.

Team WEST pictured above included (left to right): Brennan West, Austin Mill, Justin House, Julian House and Joe Armstrong. Marilyn West, CEO and Chair of M. H. West & Co., Inc. also attended the event, but she was wise enough to stay out of the heat and enjoy her time in the air-conditioned clubhouse!

P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School Sports Luncheon

P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School Sports Luncheon

P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School held a luncheon to recognize the students who were on the boys basketball, girls basketball and cheer leading squads this past year. Students most have a good academic and disciplinary record to be eligible for the teams. So it is a noteworthy achievement to participate on the teams.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. sponsored the cheer leading squad and helped them reach their goal of cheering at the Redskins Training Camp this summer. We were thrilled to be recognized at the luncheon for our contribution. M. H. West & Co., Inc. members who attended are pictured above: (left to right) Marilyn West, Edward West, Jillian Winans, Brennan West (works at P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School), Joe Armstrong and Austin Mill.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

- Unknown






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