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Virginia Repertory Theatre Receives $1 million Naming Gift

Virginia Repertory Theatre has received a $1 million naming gift from Susan Stevens Bogese and her two children, Allyson Bogese Ashcraft (Jay) and Michael Bogese III, to name the main theatre at our new Virginia Rep Center in memory of their daughter/sibling Jessica (Jessie) Michael Bogese, who passed away unexpectedly in March, 2021.

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Virginia Repertory Theatre has received a $1 million naming gift from Susan Stevens Bogese and her two children, Allyson Bogese Ashcraft (Jay) and Michael Bogese III, to name the main theatre at our new Virginia Rep Center in memory of their daughter/sibling Jessica (Jessie) Michael Bogese, who passed away unexpectedly in March, 2021.

Jessica would have turned 43 on Saturday, December 10 th , and that is the day that Virginia Repertory Theatre welcomed the family to the new facility with a private ceremony and champagne toast to name the theatre at Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education in Jessie’s memory.

In the early 1990s, Jessie Bogese had a birthday party at Virginia Rep’s predecessor, Theatre IV. Throughout her life, Jessie reminisced with her mom about how that particular party stood out in her memory, because she was treated like royalty in front of her friends. Jessica had cerebral palsy and despite her disability was very active in theatre, dance, and art.

When Susan Bogese saw the Richmond Times-Dispatch news coverage regarding Virginia Rep’s purchase of The Scottish Rite Temple, she was moved to call. Susan let the theatre’s Director of Development, Emily Cole-Jones, know that she had been searching for something positive to do with the funds in Jessie’s estate to honor her memory. The recent announcement that Virginia Rep Center has brought Disney Musicals in Schools to Chesterfield County reinforced her decision about being involved with Virginia Rep.

After several conversations with Susan, Cole-Jones said, “She shared with us how Jessie was quiet and shy, but that she loved theatre and dance, and once she was on stage, she was transformed. Her disability took a back seat to her talent.”

“Even though Jessie didn’t like a lot of attention,” Bogese said, “We felt that Jessie would be happy that her story might be able to inspire hundreds of kids to take risks,
overcome challenges, and pursue their talents.”

The first show to be presented in the Virginia Rep Center’s Jessica M. Bogese Theatre is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, opening Sat, Dec 17 and running through Jan 1 for the holidays. The theatre can welcome up to 650 children and their families to see this Christmas classic. Snow Bear will be on hand to meet the children.

The new Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education is located at 4204 Hermitage Road in Richmond’s Hermitage Road Historic District, adjacent to the Bellevue neighborhood, with close proximity to Bryan Park that allows for outdoor programming and new community partnerships. This landmark building, the former home of the Richmond Children’s Theatre, has a long history as a performing arts venue. Virginia Rep is preserving this legacy and will be making it available to other local theatres, dance companies, schools, community nonprofits, and area arts and education organizations.

Virginia Repertory Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre that is one of Central Virginia’s largest professional performing arts organizations. This year, the theatre celebrates its 70 th Anniversary with a variety of events.

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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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Part of Bliley to be Closed for Stormwater Repair

Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Now through Wednesday, February 15

WHERE: Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; Whitlone Road will also be closed between Bliley and Debora Street at those times. There will be no vehicular access during those times on Bliley from Netherwood to Cedarhurst and from Bliley to Debora. The rest of the area will have resident access only.

PROJECT SCOPE:  Emergency stormwater repair project

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Storm the Gates with Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA

Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

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Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA is bringing you their first exhibition of 2023, Storm the Gates, a gallery takeover celebrating graffiti artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and people painting in the corner of their bedrooms and garages. Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

Join them this Friday during February @rvafirstfridays where they’ll unveil a mural collaboratively painted by All City Art Club and ART 180’s program alumni and current participants.

Friday, February 3
5-9 p.m.
ART 180’s Atlas Gallery
114 W Marshall St.

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Greater Richmond Convention Center marks 20 years serving region

Since 2003, the complex has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments, and other events, bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

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Virginia’s largest meeting and exhibition venue celebrates two decades of welcoming events and visitors to the Richmond Region this year. The Greater Richmond Convention Center officially opened on February 28, 2003, as cheerleaders from across the country flipped in the American National Cheer and Dance Championships in the building’s exhibit hall.

Since then, the GRCC has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments and other events bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

The GRCC replaced the 62,000-square-foot Richmond Center, which opened in 1986. Stretching across a six-block area, the 700,000 square-foot GRCC incorporates some of the steel and pillars from the original facility.

Construction for the project began in 1999 and was supported by a $10 million investment from former Governor George Allen and the regionwide transient lodging tax.

“It is the best example of regional cooperation in the history of this whole area,” said late Lt. Gov. John H. Hager during a 2002 press conference.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority – a political subdivision of Virginia with representation from the city of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties – oversaw the financing, development and construction of the GRCC. The Authority’s 25th anniversary is this year.

We’re immensely proud of the legacy and the positive impact the Greater Richmond Convention Center has had on tourism,” said Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer and Chair of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority. “Millions of people are introduced to the Richmond Region through events and competitions that are hosted at the facility every year. These visitors support our economy by shopping at our small businesses, eating at restaurants and visiting attractions.”

To examine the viability of the GRCC, regional leaders commissioned a feasibility study by C.H. Johnson Consulting in 1999. The researchers projected hotel tax collections to reach $30 million by fiscal year 2020. Hotel tax collection revenues reached $30 million by fiscal year 2019.

Throughout the GRCC expansion phases, groups were welcomed to the region to use completed portions of the building. About 1,200 women from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were the first to use the facility’s new ballroom during a three-day conference in May 2001.

When the GRCC was officially completed in 2003, Richmond Region Tourism had booked 18 conventions through 2008.

Interest and bookings have experienced a dramatic uptick over the years. During its last fiscal year, the GRCC hosted over 180 events.

From USA Fencing tournaments and ice dancing competitions to offshore wind conferences and comic conventions, the GRCC has hosted various large-scale events since it opened.

“The convention center is a shining example of regional collaboration,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The success of the convention center demonstrates how investing in tourism results in positive economic development for our entire region. Richmond Region Tourism and its partners are committed to working alongside our community to continue tourism’s positive momentum.”

The GRCC went through extensive upgrades to modernize the facility in 2020.

GRCC’s technological and cosmetic improvements include new LED lighting and RGB color lighting, monitors, digital signage, and a new digital sound system.  Its interior spaces were updated with new tile, accents, paint scheme, and pub-style tables and seating. The facility also features a new executive lounge and a renovated food court and service desk.

Today the GRCC features 178,159 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 30,550 square foot grand ballroom, and 50,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting room space.

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