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“Rumors of War” Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony Detail and Traffic Closures

Tomorrow the VMFA will officially welcome its news sculpture to the grounds, “Rumors of War” by Kehinde Wiley.

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Details on the historic unveiling of “Rumors of War” by Kehinde Wiley.

“And today we say yes to something that looks like us. We say yes to inclusivity. We say yes to broader notions of what it means to be an American.” – Kehinde Wiley

The VMFA will celebrate the permanent installation “Rumors of War” on 12/10/19 at 3:30 p.m. at their entrance on Arthur Ashe Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

The outdoor program will include remarks by Kehinde Wiley and will begin with a performance by Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band. Following the program of speakers, the celebration will conclude with a reception for the public in the atrium with live music and refreshments.

Other speakers include: The Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia; The Honorable Mayor Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond; Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO; Dr. Monroe Harris, VMFA’s President of the Board of Trustees; Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Sean Kelly, founder of Sean Kelly Gallery.

First unveiled in Times Square, New York on Sept. 27, 2019 as a collaborative partnership between Times Square, New York City Sean Kelly Gallery and #VMFA, Rumors of War is Wiley’s first monumental public sculpture and largest work-to-date, continuing the artist’s career-long investigation into the politics of representation, race, gender and power.

For more info, visit: https://www.vmfa.museum/calendar/events/rumors-war-public-unveiling-celebration-reception/

For those that can’t make it to the ceremony. VMFA will livestream the “Rumors of War” unveiling event on our Facebook page starting at 3:30 pm tomorrow, Dec 10. facebook.com/myVMFA/

From RPD:

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley’s “Rumors of War” sculpture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday afternoon.

The southbound side of N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard between Ellwood Avenue and Monument Avenue will be closed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10.

There will also be no parking beginning at 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the following streets:

  • Both sides of N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard between Floyd Avenue and Kensington Avenue
  • The southbound side of the 2700 block of Grove Avenue

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Governor Northam announces $25 million to transform historic sites, advance “historic justice efforts”

“These are not just investments in physical space, but in the telling of our shared history,” said Delegate Lamont Bagby. “These initiatives will help us continue the effort to uncover the truth of the past.  We must finally get this right.”

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Governor Ralph Northam late last week announced that his proposed budget will include nearly $25 million to transform historic sites and advance historic justice efforts.

“These investments will ensure a more diverse and inclusive retelling of our history,” said Governor Northam. “At a time when our Commonwealth and nation are grappling with how to illustrate a more complete picture of the past, we must work to enhance our public spaces and shine light on previously untold stories.”

This investment will include nearly $11 million to support the efforts of transforming Monument Avenue. This funding will enable the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to hire staff and launch a community-driven effort to redesign Monument Avenue.

“For too long, Richmond’s Monument Avenue told an incomplete and inaccurate story of the city and Virginia’s past,” said Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “The funding to transform Monument Avenue will allow us to reenvision an inspirational, forward thinking, inclusive and healing place for everyone who lives in and visits our city and state.”

“On behalf of many neighbors – this news is exciting and hopeful. We welcome a future on Monument Avenue that includes a visual expression and experience that is welcoming and inspirational to all people,” said Monument Avenue resident Alice Massie.

Additionally, this investment includes an additional $9 million for the development of a Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site and improvements to the Slave Trail in Richmond as well as $100,000 to support the Virginia Emancipation and Freedom Monument project on Brown’s Island. This funding will support efforts to preserve the site known as the Devil’s Half-Acre, or Lumpkin’s Jail, in Shockoe Bottom as a historical site.

“Hundreds of thousands of enslaved persons were forced to pass through Lumpkin’s Jail on the Richmond Slave Trail,” said Delegate Delores McQuinn. “It is far past time to develop a new Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site at Lumpkin’s Jail and invest in improvements to the Slave Trail, so that this important history is not forgotten.”

“The Emancipation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island will commemorate the abolition of slavery and recognize numerous African American Virginians who were devoted to advancing freedom and civil rights,” said Senator Jennifer McClellan. “This funding will move this important project another step closer to becoming a reality.”

“This constitutes a massive investment in centering stories of trauma and resilience that have been sidelined by proponents of slavery, the Lost Cause, and segregation,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “The Commonwealth’s support is the tool we need to commemorate and communicate Richmond’s real history and honor unjustly silenced voices.”

This investment will also include $5 million to support Project Harmony, an environmental justice project to address the repatriation of tombstones from the former Columbian Harmony Cemetery and the creation of the Harmony Living Shoreline memorial. These headstones were removed from Columbian Harmony Cemetery––a historic African American cemetery in Washington, D.C.––and relocated in 1960 to make way for commercial development. While some headstones were moved to a new cemetery in Landover, Maryland, others were sold off by the developer, including those that were used to create a riprap along the shore of the Potomac River.

“I was horrified when I discovered the headstones from Columbian Harmony Cemetery scattered along two miles of shoreline on the Potomac. With the help of this funding, we will be able to return many of these to a better and more respectful resting place while creating a memorial to remember those that we are unable to remove,” said Senator Richard Stuart.

“These are not just investments in physical space, but in the telling of our shared history,” said Delegate Lamont Bagby. “These initiatives will help us continue the effort to uncover the truth of the past.  We must finally get this right.”

Governor Northam will address the Joint Money Committees today to share the full details of his budget plan.

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The Carytown Holiday Artisan Market is at City Stadium this Weekend

Over 100 artists and farmers in a safe, outdoor environment at City Stadium… just a few blocks from Carytown. In addition to food trucks, we are pouring craft beer and wine, fresh coffee, and lotsa love!

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The last market of 2020 combines almost 100 artists and farmers for a 2 day holiday market on Dec 12th and 13th from 10-5pm.

This weekend we are excited to welcome Spring like weather and over 100 artists and farmers in a safe, outdoors environment at City Stadium… just a few blocks from Carytown. In addition to food trucks, we are pouring craft beer and wine, fresh coffee, and lotsa love!

The 2021 Season will run Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM starting May 5th through November 3rd.

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New Publix supermarket opens its doors in Carytown

The new grocery store at Carytown Exchange is the fourth within a two-block radius and joins Kroger, The Fresh Market, and Ellwood Thompson’s.

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After years of anticipation, Publix supermarket will open its doors in Carytown Wednesday morning.

The 48,000 square feet grocery store, located at 3535 Ellwood Avenue, will celebrate its grand opening at 7 a.m.

The supermarket will anchor the new Carytown Exchange shopping center which will also feature free parking in a new two-story parking deck.

In December 2018, Publix signed a lease to anchor the Carytown Exchange shopping center, replacing the former Martin’s in the Richmond Shopping Center.

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