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Lee Monument Ranked #1 Most Influential Work of Protest Art by NYT Style Magazine

Three artists, a curator and a writer came together to discuss the pieces that have not only best reflected the era, but have made an impact and chose Lee Monument as it’s most influential.

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It’s impossible to walk up to the Lee Monument and not feel emotions. It is a living, constantly changing community art project that is a reflection of the times we are living in.

NYT Style Magazine has this to say in part:

Over the past several months, activists have transformed the base of the sculpture instead, covering the marble and granite with the names of victims of police violence, protest chants, calls for compassion, revolutionary symbols and anti-police slogans in dozens of colors. New phrases continually appear, adding to the kaleidoscopic display of communal, collective action. People who once avoided the statue now make pilgrimages to see what has become an emblem of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as a newly diverse public gathering space. The statue and its surrounding lawn are now the site of barbecues, music and dance performances, family get-togethers, voter registration tents, photo shoots, board games, basketball hoops and religious services, as well as ongoing demonstrations, encampments and candlelight vigils.

See some of our photos of the Lee Monument here, here, and here. Photos of other confederate monuments coming down Jackson here, Soldiers and Sailors here, Jefferson Davis here, and Stuart here (Skater Protest at Stuart).

 

The fate of the monument is still in the air. There is an excellent thread here that summarizes where we’re at when it comes to Lee’s removal.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Spend Lunchtime in Nature with a Nature Walk

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors.

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Register Here for Updates: https://www.mobilize.us/lcvva/event/429604/

Join the Climate Action Team for a lunch hour nature walk in one of Richmond’s parks with some fellow lovers of the outdoors. We will end with a brief discussion about what we can do to protect and expand green spaces in Richmond and beyond, and guided meditation to reflect on and appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings.

We will be meeting in the Forest Hill Park parking lot at 12:00 PM and the walk will start promptly at 12:05 PM

Address for the park: 4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225

Please reach out to Devyn Keller at [email protected] with any questions or concerns!

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Caroling in Monroe Park

Get ready to lift up your voices on high, this Sunday at Monroe Park.

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The Grace and Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble, the RVA Street Singers, the Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir will be leading a community sing in Monroe Park on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The four groups will lead community members in both traditional hymns and songs of the season from 4:00-4:45 pm. The food trucks Monique’s Crepes and Shake Down Eats will provide food and beverage alongside Espresso A-Go-Go from 3:00-6:00 pm.

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It’s Over at The Westover for Now

They stated that they’ll be considering other potential concepts for this space in the new year.

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The coffeeshop/restaurant The Westover (formerly Taza/Zata) is taking some time off to reconsider their options. Located at 5047 Forrest Hill Avenue for the past few years has been run by Tuffy Stone of Q Barbecue fame.

They made the announcement on Instagram today.

Dear patrons, neighbors, and loyal returning customers,

Beginning Wednesday December 8th, The Westover is stopping operations and taking a pause while we consider other potential concepts for this space in the new year. We apologize to all of our customers for any inconvenience that this may cause as well as the short notice.

Stay tuned, and thank you to all of the wonderful customers that have supported us.

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