1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites along the Virginia Capital Trail and Low Line in Richmond. This outdoor, two-night exhibition features artwork that embraces light and sound through sculpture, installation, and performance. Great Shiplock Park is located at a former shiplock constructed as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal system. Projects will engage with and expand upon the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these sites such as: trade and labor of then-enslaved peoples of African and Indigenous descent during and following the industrial revolution; the environmental impact—especially concerning water resources—of commerce and infrastructure; and the cultivation of spaces for alternative forms of historical preservation.
This year’s participating artists are:
Adama Delphine Fawundu, Antoine Williams, Ash Arder, Benjamin Kidder Hodges, Eric Millikin, Free Bangura, Isabella Whitfield, Mary Stuart Hall, Rachele Riley + Matt Hedt, Rashaun Rucker, and Senghor Reid x Hope Ginsberg.
InLight 2021 is co-curated by Tiffany E. Barber, Wesley Taylor, and Park C. Myers.
Richmond Reframed Opens Tomorrow
As a member of this group, I can say with full confidence that this is an incredibly talented group of artists.
ART WORKS Gallery (320 Hull St.) will feature RVA Photographers Collective’s new exhibit “Richmond Reframed” starting Fri., Jan. 28. The pictures were taken by over a dozen local photographers offering different perspectives of the city. The free exhibit will run in the Centre Gallery through Sat., Feb. 19.
The RVA Photographers Collective is a Facebook group of local photographers. Every month a subject or area is selected and the photographers share their respective work. It’s a supportive environment and is designed to get folks to perhaps try new things. You can also follow them on Instagram to see their latest assignment. Check out #rva_photographers_collective for examples of their works.
Senate Unanimously Passes Adam’s Law to Fight Hazing
Beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year, the bill requires each institution to maintain and publicly report actual findings of violations of the institution’s code of conduct or of federal or state laws pertaining to hazing that are reported to campus authorities or local law enforcement.
Adam Oakes was a 19-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University freshman last year that was killed as the result of hazing. Eleven members of Delta Chi were issued misdemeanor charges of hazing and giving alcohol to a minor. One has pleaded guilty. The fraternity has been banned from VCU.
On Wednesday the Senate approved a bill known as Adam’s Law with a 38-0 vote. The law establishes rules for hazing prevention training at Virginia schools.
The bill requires the governing board of each institution to include as part of its policy, code, rules, or set of standards governing sexual violence a provision for immunity from disciplinary action based on hazing or personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosure is made in conjunction with a good faith report of an act of hazing in advance of or during an incident of hazing that causes injury to a person. Beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year, the bill requires each institution to maintain and publicly report actual findings of violations of the institution’s code of conduct or of federal or state laws pertaining to hazing that are reported to campus authorities or local law enforcement. This bill shall be known as Adam’s Law.
RPD officer hospitalized after being struck head-on by motorcyclist on West Broad Street
“What happened this evening was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith.
On Tuesday evening just after 5:00 PM, Richmond Police officers responded to the report of aggressive driving by a group of motorcycles near the intersection of West Broad Street and Terminal Place. Once on scene, the officer began directing traffic in the 1300 block of West Broad Street, the officer was struck head-on by a motorcycle within the pack.
The driver left the scene and the officer was transported to a local hospital by an RPD officer where he is now being evaluated and treated for a head injury.
The driver of one of the motorcycles traveling within the group, an adult male, was later stopped in Henrico then transported back to Richmond where he is currently being detained and questioned with traffic-related charges pending.
“This brave officer put himself in harm’s way to protect the residents of our city,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement. “This incident is a reminder of the challenges our first responders face every day and the sacrifices they are willing to make to serve and protect us. I am grateful that the officer survived this potentially deadly encounter and ask you to join me in wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries.”
“What happened this evening was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith. “Our RPD family stands with this officer and his family. We are grateful for the way our men and women work every day to protect this community, despite the risks they face.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Detective V. Griffith at (804) 646-1718 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.