The full lineup for the RVA East End Festival’s 2019 edition has been announced. The event will celebrate music, arts, food, and fun on Saturday, June 8th starting at noon and closing with the Richmond Symphony performance at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, the event runs from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
This year, the Festival is returning to Chimborazo Park, 3215 E. Broad Street, and will be part of the Big Tent Community Festival program of the Richmond Symphony.
Now in its fourth year, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $200,000 for music and arts programs in Richmond Public Schools since 2016. This free family event features two packed days of arts and musical performances by local professionals as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
The festival will kick off at Noon on June 8th with student performances by the Franklin Military Academy Color Guard, choir and orchestra, the Armstrong High School dance troupe, the Chimborazo/George Mason band and orchestra, the Martin Luther King Tritan Elite Dance, the Franklin Military Academy Jazz Band and the Fairfield/Woodville/Bellevue combined band.
Saturday evening will feature a performance by the Legacy Band at around 5:30 pm and the full Richmond Symphony at 7 pm. The lineup on Sunday will feature faith-based programming with music by Hill City Church, Cora Harvey Armstrong, and others. A schedule of performances and artists will be posted soon on the Festival’s Facebook page, RVA East End Festival.
“Our theme this year is The Gift of Arts and Music,” said the Reverend Marilyn Heckstall, pastor of Asbury Church Hill United Methodist Church and 2019 festival chair. “These gifted musicians and visual artists are sharing their virtuosity and skilled craftsmanship with the entire community. In return, the festival provides a path for them to pursue their dreams to excel in the creative field.”
She noted that the festival’s financial goal for 2019 is to exceed $100,000 in proceeds that will be used to support cultural arts initiatives in Richmond Public Schools located in the East End. In the past, funding has been used to acquire or repair music instruments and to purchase choral risers, concert attire, pottery kilns and resources for the Turnaround Arts program. “A priority for 2019 is to buy and install a new dance floor at Armstrong High School to support the popular and growing dance program there,” said Rev. Heckstall.
Festival attendees also can browse among many food and beverage vendors, along with exhibits of sponsors, boutique businesses and other community organizations. Special attractions for kids include Paw Patrol and Marvel characters, Paint Crazy face painting, RVA Hoops, Jenn B-The Balloon Lady, juggler Jonathan Austin, Mr. Public Works, and a National Park Service junior ranger activity, to name a few.
Proceeds from the festival support the music and visual arts programs at the following Richmond Public Schools located in RVA’s East End community: Bellevue Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Armstrong High School, and Franklin Military Academy.
Volunteers are needed to help on the weekend of the event and can sign up here. For more information about the RVA East End Festival 2019, contact [email protected] or visit the Festival’s Facebook page.
Plow Through Your Holiday Shopping at Holiday Villages a Virtual Market
Let’s spread some holiday cheer and support Richmond’s small business and artist community at a new VIRTUAL Holiday Villages!
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New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge
The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.
“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”
“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.
Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.
More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.
Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter
November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.