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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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