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VMFA announces “Ascend and Lead” Women’s Empowerment Forum

This thought-provoking and inspiring day-long forum will include topics such as In the Black: The Business of Media; The Struggle Is Real; challenging Stereotypes; and Setting a New Standard.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host Ascend and Lead: A Women’s Empowerment Forum on October 19th from 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM. This thought-provoking and inspiring day-long forum will include topics such as In the Black: The Business of Media; The Struggle Is Real; challenging Stereotypes, Setting a New Standard that highlight each speaker’s respective journey toward leadership. The framework for the forum involves personal reflections, panel discussions, and conversations in brief and rapidly shifting narratives that maximize both time and impact.

Participants include Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency; Karla Redditte, Anchor/Reporter, NBC12; Ting Xu, CEO, Evergreen Industries; Lynette Allston, Chief and Chair of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Tribe of Virginia; Melody Barnes, Co-Director, University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative; and many others who hold leadership positions in the arts, education, policy and business. Notably, Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will be in conversation with Mary Margaret Pettway, Chair of the Board of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation as well as an acclaimed quilter and a third-generation member of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective. They will discuss the intersections of art, traditional culture, and business.

The cost for the event is $20 ($15 for VMFA members) and includes a box lunch. Tickets are available at vmfa.museum.

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43rd Street Festival of the Arts Canceled

Yet, another popular event falls to Covid-19.

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Statement from the organizers.

We are sorry to announce that the 43rd Street Festival for 2020 has been cancelled. There appears to be no way in the near future to comply with RVA size restrictions on gatherings and make the show happen safely for all.
Please support local artisans and galleries who carry their work, including 43rd Street GalleryCrossroads Art Center, and Shockoe Bottom Clay.

This is a major disappointment for the neighborhood. It’s also a major financial hit for CARITAS. Traditionally this festival kicks off their fall fundraising. With the festival canceled they’ll need help. You can donate here and get more information on their work.

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Topgolf in Scott’s Addition reopens doors with new safety restrictions

“We’re very excited about being open again, I mean we waited so long. We wanted to make sure we took all the right steps so when we do reopen, we open safe for all our guests and all our associates.”

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For the first time in months, Richmonders were once again able to tee off at Richmond Scott’s Addition Topgolf location.

With more than 50 reservations made for reopening day, the three-story entertainment venue was proof of how eager people were to get out and have some fun on a hot summer day.

Cliff Twiggs, Topgolf’s Director of Operations, says a “commitment to play safely” is what guests will find at the high-tech driving range moving forward as a result of the pandemic.

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Explore Virginia’s natural beauty with new exhibition at Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Celebrate the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) during its 100-year history with a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, “A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100.”

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Celebrate the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) during its 100-year history with a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, “A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100.”

Featuring photographs and objects from the past century of the organization’s history, this exhibition highlights the work of the GCV and its dedicated members in advancing the appreciation of horticulture and the advocacy for land preservation, particularly regarding the formation of the state parks system.

“As the first conservation organization in Virginia, the achievements of GCV have bettered the lives of all who live in or travel through the Commonwealth,” the VMHC said in a release.

The Garden Club of Virginia is now a partnership of 3,400 community and civic leaders active in 48 garden clubs across the state.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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