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UMFS completes sale of Guardian Place Senior Apartments on Richmond Campus

Proceeds from the sale will help fund future organizational needs and complement UMFS’s ongoing Be a Champion capital campaign, which aims to transform the educational and residential spaces on its Richmond campus, which serves high-risk and vulnerable youth and is home to almost 200 staff.

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UMFS, a statewide nonprofit leader in child and family services, has sold its Guardian Place affordable senior apartment buildings at 1620 N. Hamilton St. to multifamily housing operator Fairfield for $25.6 million.

The organization opened Guardian Place in 1994, which today includes two buildings with 236 apartments across 6.5 acres.

“This sale was the result of a thoughtful and extensive process to find a responsible and values-driven buyer that would work to ensure Guardian Place remains a high-quality and affordable senior housing community,” said UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano, Ph.D., LCSW. “Today’s announcement will help fund critical infrastructure improvements that align with our mission to serve high-risk children and families. I’m thankful for our staff, Board of Directors, and partners for their work to help finalize the sale.”

All Guardian Place staff will continue to be employed through the ownership change.

“Fairfield has a long-standing commitment to the preservation of affordable housing with a history of supporting senior housing communities. We are honored to have been selected by UMFS as the buyer of Guardian Place. The community will be a strong addition to our affordable portfolio of over 16,000 units across 22 markets and allows us to grow our presence in the local Richmond market,” said Josh Kawaii-Bogue, Fairfield Executive Vice President of Investment Management.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund future organizational needs and complement UMFS’s ongoing Be a Champion capital campaign, which aims to transform the educational and residential spaces on its Richmond campus, which serves high-risk and vulnerable youth and is home to almost 200 staff.

UMFS recently opened its newly renovated Child & Family Healing Center in Richmond, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges after an $11 million investment.

The second phase of the campaign is underway and includes an addition to the nonprofit’s Charterhouse School, a specialized educational program for K-12 youth who have special needs. The planned addition will allow UMFS to enhance its student services and expand its programs.

“The recent sale allows UMFS to remain laser-focused on its mission to be an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families working to overcome challenges and succeed,” said Toscano. “Guardian Place is an important part of our organization’s history, and we look forward to watching the community continue to thrive as its neighbor.”

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Arts & Entertainment

VMFA announces upcoming exhibition “Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass”

“We are thrilled to have Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass in VMFA’s collection,” said Cassel Oliver. “Frederick Douglass’ powerful orations and the innovative and captivating cinematography of Issac Julien will help visitors better understand Douglass’ legacy and the relevance to our contemporary experience.”

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) this week announced the multi-screen film installation Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass, on view at the museum in Richmond from December 10, 2022 through July 9, 2023. The installation is organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is delighted to present this compelling work about Frederick Douglass, one of the most significant figures in American history,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO. “Through his advocacy in abolition and women’s suffrage, he called on the nation to make important reforms and embrace human rights, regardless of race or gender.”

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will present the film as an immersive ten-screen experience as envisioned by its creator, internationally renowned London-born artist and filmmaker, Sir Isaac Julien. The work is a poetic meditation on the great abolitionist and features a series of vignettes from Douglass’ life prior to and during his travel to the United Kingdom in 1841. Using arresting visuals and sound, Julien brings the historical figure to life and collapses time and space to bridge history with the persistent concerns of our day.

“We are thrilled to have Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass in VMFA’s collection,” said Cassel Oliver. “Frederick Douglass’ powerful orations and the innovative and captivating cinematography of Issac Julien will help visitors better understand Douglass’ legacy and the relevance to our contemporary experience.”

Douglass is portrayed by Shakespearean actor Ray Fearon in a series of fragmented scenes that are woven with spoken word, photography and contemporary footage to make the historic figure’s modern-day relevance and resonance undeniable. The 25-minute installation, which appears on multiple screens where images converge as a whole and then fragment into a montage, can be watched repeatedly, welcoming visitors to sit in the meditative space for a nonlinear viewing experience that makes each encounter with the work unique.

The installation also includes three tintype portraits — a collaboration between Julien and photographer Rob Ball — of the film’s subjects, Frederick Douglass, his wife Anna Murray Douglass and prominent African-American photographer J. P. Ball. Douglass was aware that words and images had powerful meaning. He used media, specifically photography, to counter the misperceptions of Black people in 19th-century America. Through a lifelong collaboration with Ball, Douglass had portraits taken of himself, portraying the Black body as noble and beautiful, and became the most photographed individual of the century.

The world premiere of the rare ten-screen film installation of Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass took place in 2019, at the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, which commissioned the film and partnered with VMFA to acquire the work for both museums’ permanent collections.

For more information about Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass and programs related to the exhibition, visit www.VMFA.museum.

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Catch the Holiday Spirit at Maymont with Christmas tours, wreath workshops and a Merry Market

Check out the historic mansion decked out for the holidays, get your shopping done, and enjoy a merry good time at Maymont this holiday season.

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There’s no place like Maymont for the holidays, and something for everyone at the estate this time of year. First, starting November 18 through January 1, 2023, a special Christmas-themed audio tour will be offered at Maymont Mansion, which will be decorated for the season in Victorian style. The self-guided tour provides insights into the high pomp — and hard work — of holiday entertaining during the Gilded Age.

Second, the public is invited to create their own fresh evergreen wreaths in one of seven hands-on Wreath Workshops, Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3, under the expert guidance of Maymont staff. And a new event, Merry Market, Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, celebrates winter with a two-day, pop-up holiday market of 50 local artisans, plus cozy fire pits, a festive holiday bar, live music, crafts for kids and a chance to take a selfie with Saint Nicholas.

The highlight of Merry Market is shopping for locally crafted, and imported handmade gifts in an outdoor marketplace surrounded by historic buildings draped in fresh evergreen garlands and twinkling lights on the Carriage House Lawn. Shoppers can stay fueled up with something tasty from the festive holiday bar and food vendors, and warm up around fire pits and outdoor heaters, while an a cappella vocal group and a jazz combo set the mood. Kids can make their own handmade gifts and decorations and snap a photo with Saint Nicholas.

Artisans will be selling a variety of hand-crafted accessories, décor, and housewares that make thoughtful gifts for the holidays. Among the offerings are stained glass artworks by KiYay Studios, pottery by Tana Makes, art prints by Laura Marr/FlourishRVA, fair-trade décor and accessories selected and imported by one little world, handmade jewelry by Bee is for Bead, gifts for nature lovers by Rabbit & Wren, handmade fabric products from India imported by Asha project, art by Abuelita’s, custom polymer jewelry by SassyHappy, woodworking by Southside Sawdust, plus, hand embroidery, candles, soaps, knitwear, pet treats and accessories, and much more!

“Merry Market is a chance for the community to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors in the unique historic setting at Maymont,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director. “With live music, holiday lights, cozy fire pits, and crafts for kids, everyone will enjoy relaxing on the Carriage House Lawn along with a little holiday shopping with local small businesses and craftspeople.”

Saint Nicholas will be available for photos with the family, and children can also make their own gifts and holiday decorations at the crafts tent. A selection of food, desserts, hot coffee, cocoa, and other beverages will be available for separate purchase from food vendors, including Goatocado, The Cocky Rooster, Monique’s Crepes, Timber Pizza, and Pops Kettle Corn. The festive holiday bar will serve red wine and holiday craft beers to guests ages 21 and over.

Merry Market tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate for $10 per person; $5 for children ages 3 – 12; and free for children ages 2 and under. Maymont members enjoy free admission. Guests who present an EBT card receive discounted tickets for $3 (on-site only) through the Museums for All program. All proceeds benefit Maymont.

Please note: Maymont will close at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, and 1 pm on Saturday, December 3, to prepare for Merry Market. Guests will enter Merry Market through the Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street. Event parking is available at the Historic Estate parking lot and The Robins Nature Center, in addition to street parking. The Maymont Farm entrance is closed for the event. Merry Market takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear suited for an outdoor lawn.

The Wreath Workshops tend to fill up in advance and include wreath supplies and refreshments, but guests are advised to bring their own snippers and gardening gloves. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Wreath Workshop admission ($55 per person, $41 for members) includes admission to Merry Market. Times vary; visit the events calendar for details.

Holiday Audio Tours are $8 per person, $6 for children ages 3 – 12, and free for Maymont Members and Museums for All participants.

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Kickers Announce The Lemus Group and United Real Estate As 2022 Playoffs Presenting Partners

Richmond Kickers are heading for the playoffs and here are some things to know.

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The Richmond Kickers are excited to announce The Lemus Group and United Real Estate as the presenting sponsors for the club’s home semifinal and potential championship final match at City Stadium in the 2022 USL League One Playoffs, presented by Hisense.

The Lemus Group and United Real Estate are sponsoring a Blackout Tee giveaway at City Stadium during the semifinal match. The first 1,000 fans in the stadium will receive the black t-shirt that is emblazoned with the Kickers’ throwback shooting star soccer ball crest. Playoff tickets are available for purchase at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

“We’re incredibly excited to have The Lemus Group and United Real Estate sponsoring our 2022 USL League One Playoff Home Matches,” Kickers’ Director of Corporate Partnerships, Drew Norris said. “With their support, we know that City Stadium will be electric during our playoff run.”

Sponsoring the Kickers’ 2022 playoff run is the beginning of a longer partnership between the club alongside The Lemus Group and United Real Estate that will see the group be the Official Real Estate sponsor of the Kickers in 2023.

“The Lemus Group is extremely proud of the Richmond Kickers and the opportunity to not only sponsor the first home playoff match since 2014 but to continue our partnership into the 2023 season as the Kickers’ real estate partners,” The Lemus Group’s Rudy Argueta said. “Let’s go, Kickers!”

The Lemus Group is a local real estate team that is passionate about educating its communities on creating generational wealth through homeownership. They also share that same passion for soccer and supporting their local pros.

Richmond will enjoy a bye week before hosting a USL League One Semifinal match, presented by Hisense on October 29. Kickoff time for the semifinal match is set for 6 pm. It will be the first time the Kickers have hosted a playoff game at City Stadium since 2014.

The match can also be streamed live on ESPN+ and locally in Richmond on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon Fios 466).

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Download the Richmond Kickers mobile app for news, contests, and more!

About the 2022 USL League One Playoffs Presented by Hisense

The 2022 USL League One Playoffs features a single-elimination format with the No. 3 seed set to play host to the No. 6 seed, and the No. 4 seed to play host to the No.5 seed in the Quarterfinals. The lower remaining seed will then advance to face the No. 1 seed in the Semifinals, with the No. 2 seed to host the higher remaining seed from the opening round.

(All times Eastern; home team listed first)   

QUARTERFINALS
Saturday, Oct. 22

  • No. 3 South Georgia Tormenta FC vs. No. 6 Charlotte Independence, 7 p.m. ET, Optim Sports Medicine Field at Tormenta Stadium; Statesboro, Ga. (ESPN+)
  • No. 4 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC vs. No. 5 Union Omaha, 7:30 p.m. ET, CHI Memorial Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn. (ESPN+)

SEMIFINALS
Saturday, Oct. 29

  • No. 1 Richmond Kickers vs. Lower Remaining Seed, 6 p.m. ET, City Stadium; Richmond Va. (ESPN+)
  • No. 2 Greenville Triumph SC vs. Higher Remaining Seed, 7:30 p.m. ET, Triumph Stadium at Legacy Early College; Greenville, S.C. (ESPN+)

USL LEAGUE ONE FINAL
Sunday, Nov. 6

  • TBD vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SiriusXM FC)

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