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VMFA, Chase partner to expand and diversify arts access, feature more local programs

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Chase recently announced their new partnership to expand access to the arts over the next year through innovative and inclusive community programs, digital educational resources, and virtual events.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Chase recently announced their new partnership to expand access to the arts over the next year through innovative and inclusive community programs, digital educational resources, and virtual events.

Chase is underwriting several of VMFA’s education programs and engagement initiatives including annual African American Read-In events; RVA Community Makers local art collaboration; Girls For A Change special youth workshops, internships and Black Girls Showcase at VMFA; and VMFA’s Teens Out Loud initiative featuring performance and visual arts workshops for youth participants of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. Chase’s partnership also provides 3,000 #VMFAatHome art supply kits to help school-age children in Richmond Public Schools, Peter Paul and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond further their creativity and also supports the museum’s Evans Distance Learning program where museum educators engage students in grades 3 through 12 and college online via video conferencing direct from VMFA’s galleries.

“VMFA is committed to providing greater accessibility to the arts, and Chase’s generous support strengthens our efforts,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO. “As a result of the pandemic, VMFA is developing innovative, free, and safe virtual programs and events, reaching more people through these exciting offerings.”

“Chase is opening new branch locations in the Richmond area, and our partnership with VMFA exemplifies our efforts to build strong local community relationships and demonstrates the value Chase places on providing access to educational, artistic and cultural opportunities,” said Danny Lee, Chase’s Market Director for Banking in Richmond.

Despite the pandemic, VMFA continues to offer lively events, albeit virtually, as Chase is also sponsoring several free public programs and special members-only events and is the Title Sponsor for one of VMFA’s newest, most popular event series, Fridays After 5. VMFA’s weekly Fridays After 5 programs including First Friday Performances, Dance After Work, Summer Breeze, and A Taste of Art are hosted on the museum’s social media pages and feature live or pre-recorded performances by musicians and lessons by dance instructors streamed from their studios. Online programs and events for VMFA members including Cocktails with a Curator; Circle Lectures; Curator’s Choice art talks; and Fellows Programs with VMFA curators, thought leaders, and museum-field experts are held via digital platforms like Zoom or pre-recorded video.

“Access to the arts and to educational opportunities is crucial for building and sustaining vibrant, diverse, and inclusive communities,” said Nyerges. “VMFA is charged with enriching the lives of all through art and Chase’s support reflects their commitment to the greater Richmond community.”

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Photos: Folk Fest Saturday

The rain kept crowds down but that didn’t stop the performers from blowing it out of the park, again. You’ve got one more day to enjoy the festival.

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Photos and Tips: Friday Night at Richmond Folk Festival

The weather was perfect last night as Richmond welcomed back the Folk Festival with open arms and dancing feet.

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A few suggestions to making your day at the festival a little bit better

Tips

  1. Go see Plena Es. Most of my pictures came from their set last night because there was so much joy in the air. “Founded by Pierre Ramos in 2004, the band—featuring percussion, trombones, piano, bass, and two dancers—stirs up a high-energy dance music that is a touchstone for Puerto Rican identity.”
  2. Beer lines were long prepare accordingly. Also your selection of beer is much reduced at the craft beer area but still plenty of good ones to choose.
  3. Don’t let rain scare you off. All but one stage have tents. Rain tends to scare off folks which means less lines for you including the beer line.
  4. There are a low percentage of mask wearers so if you’re nervous take that into consideration.
  5. If you see a big guy with a red mohawk taking photos say hello, it’s me.

The Brotherhood Singers


The Western Flyers

Plena Es

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Essential Info for Your Folk Festival Weekend

The 17th Folk Festival kicks off on Friday here is what you need to know to make the most of the weekend.

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The 17th Richmond Folk Festival begins tomorrow, Friday, October 8, and runs for three days full of more music, food and fun than you can imagine. 

With five stages and nearly 70 performances over three days many people plan to spend more than one day at the festival. Add in more than 30 food vendors, a crafts marketplace, a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, and one of the most beautiful festival sites in Richmond, and we think you’ll want to go for multiple days to experience as much as possible

Here are a few essentials to enhance your visit:

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 8, 6:30-10 pm
  • Saturday, October 9, 1-9:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 10, 1-6 pm

Performers
Read up on all of the fantastic artists who will perform. With styles ranging from jazz to gospel, Irish, rockabilly, salsa and more, there’s something for everyone to love or learn about.

Performance Schedule: Take a peek now so you can plan ahead!

Easy ways to get to the festival

  • Use a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber and get dropped off at 690 Byrd Street
  • Ride your bike and park at 2nd and Byrd Streets or 5th and Tredegar Streets
  • Walk across the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (or the T Pot, if you’re a local!)
  • Paid parking is available in nearby surface parking lots and street parking in the area 
  • GRTC offers FREE and easy public bus transportation options for Downtown’s riverfront. Plan your trip here.

Maps and directions
The Richmond Folk Festival takes place on downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront, from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river – including Brown’s Island, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, portions of Federal Reserve parking lots, and Tredegar Street.

Admission
FREE! Enjoy all of the performances on all 5 stages at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

Donations
This is a LARGE festival with a hefty budget that is supported largely by generous sponsors. However, the festival needs your help to remain FREE and sustainable! There is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day that can be made online HERE, or by finding a volunteer in a bright orange shirt carrying a bright orange bucket at the festival and making a “Drop in the Bucket!” Or, you can text FOLK to 44321 to give from your mobile phone. Thanks for your help in keeping the festival FREE!

Purchasing beer and festival merchandise
There are NO CASH SALES on site for beverages or festival merchandise. Debit and Credit cards are accepted.

Beverages are also available for online ordering – either before you leave home or once you’re on the festival grounds. Pre-ordering through the Noble App allows for drinks to be ready when you get there! Please be sure to download the Noble App and create an account/password in preparation for beverage purchasing – and be sure to remember your password! But you can also simply purchase in person with a debit or credit card.

Please do NOT bring 
Dogs (except for service animals), coolers/large backpacks, alcohol, bottles or glass of any kind, drugs, weapons, laser pointers, bikes on site (they may be parked outside the festival grounds), skateboards, inline skates, or flying objects (drones, kites, frisbees, footballs).

CarMax Family Area reminder
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the CarMax Family Area, we will not host a family area this year. Because of the lack of an approved Covid 19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe canceling the Family Area activities is best for the safety of our littlest patrons. The Children’s Museum will be back to host the much-loved CarMax Family Area in 2022!

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