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August 19th is World Photography Day

August 19th is World Photography Day

In 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia launched the World Photo Day Project with the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.

On August 19th 2010, World Photo Day hosted it’s first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, this marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

Since the launch of the project, we’ve heard from people that have been celebrating photography on August 19th in their local communities prior to 2010. There’s also evidence of an attempt to start a June 1st photography celebration in 2005. We acknowledge this history of previous celebrations and believe that it demonstrates that the passion behind photography is the foundation of World Photo Day.     >>>Read More

Young Entrepreneurs Program’s Grand Opening

Young Entrepreneurs Program's Grand Opening

Yesterday was the Grand Opening for the Young Entrepreneurs Program. Friends and family were invited to P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School where they could purchase services provided by the Young Entrepreneurs. This year the businesses were Lemonade, Face Painting and Photography. The students created their own jingles to attract customers and also used candy as an incentive. Each company member had their own job duties to perform whether it was running the cash register, taking pictures or promoting their business to potential clients.

The money earned during the Grand Opening will be donated to a local charity selected by the students. The Young Entrepreneurs will be able to use skills they learned such as decision-making, critical thinking, communication, planning, math, time management and teamwork for the rest of their lives.

Appreciate Your Friends on Friendship Day

Appreciate Your Friends on Friendship Day

Yesterday was Friendship Day, so thought we would share this nice article by Harrison Gregory:

On the first Sunday in August, in countries around the world, people will celebrate their relationships with friends, family members, office mates and fellow human beings as part of Friendship Day.

By most accounts, this special day of recognition, unrelated to Richmond’s more tattooed relative Best Friends Day, was founded by the Hallmark company in 1930, though some research indicates it goes back even further, to 1919. Ostensibly, the day was created so that folks would send greeting cards to one another, but over time it has come to represent a celebration of friendship and fellowship between all people regardless of race, color or religion. In 1998, Winnie the Pooh, gregarious pal of Tigger, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore and children everywhere, was named Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations.

In addition to standard gifts such as flowers and cards, friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America this time of year. But as Richmond happens to be the capital of a state renown for its amorous tendencies, there are plenty of ways to honor and recognize your friends here in town.

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Young Entrepreneurs Program Soft Opening

Young Entrepreneurs Program Soft Opening

It is week five of the Young Entrepreneur Program at P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School. This week features the Soft Opening of the program’s businesses. It is time for the students to put many of the business concepts that they have learned into practice. The three companies this year are Lemonade, Face Painting and Photography. The Soft Opening gives the students a chance to learn which aspects of their respective businesses are working well and which parts need some fine tuning. They do this by having their schoolmates act as customers, using “play” money. It is important that the Young Entrepreneurs have their businesses running smoothly, because next week is the Grand Opening when the customers and money will be real.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. members Justin House, Brennan West, Jillian Winans and Joe Armstrong all attended the Soft Opening. They all came away impressed with the various marketing techniques that the Young Entrepreneurs used to attract customers. Some wrote their own jingles, while others used candy as a bonus to draw in buyers. All are looking forward to the Grand Opening next week.

M2Arm Exhibit at the Gallery at Suntrust

M2Arm Exhibit at the Gallery at Suntrust

M2Arm, Unique Digital Art by Marilyn House West (our CEO), will be on exhibition at the Gallery located in the lobby of the Suntrust Building (919 East Main Street). Marilyn selected pieces to highlight the variety that is available in her collection. You will find vibrant colors, subtle hues, sharp angles and soft curves all on display. The exhibition will last the entire month of August, we hope you will stop by for a visit.

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!

http://jazzatmaymont.com/

RVA Fireworks on the James

RVA Fireworks on the James

JULY 3RD, BROWN’S ISLAND • DOWNTOWN RICHMOND
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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