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DesignRVA returns for its second year on June 8

Storefront for Community Design’s family-oriented event lets parents and kids design

a city scape of richmond and a logo reading Design RVA

DesignRVA will return for its second year this June.

Photo by RICtoday

On Saturday, June 8, DesignRVA will bring together families from around the region to ask the question: “How would you design a more equitable and fair Greater Richmond?” The free event aims to get River City kids thinking about creating spaces where they can live, learn, work, and play.

A program of local nonprofit Storefront for Community Design, DesignRVA gives children ages 8-14 the opportunity to talk to community experts on topics like housing, health and wellness, transportation, and land use.

The four focuses align with those outlined in the city’s Richmond 300 master plan. The award-winning “Guide for Growth” features a collection of goals and objectives for the city as it moves towards a greener, more sustainable, and more equitable future. The plan aims to accomplish these by 2037 — Richmond’s 300th birthday.

a table featuring childrens' crafts of trees, apartment buildings, gardens, and other models of urban planning features

This exhibit, built by Richmond kids, was on display at RPL’s Main Branch for several months last year.

Photo by RICtoday

This will be the second year for DesignRVA, which is loosely based on the National Building Museum’s Big Build program in DC.

Last year, participants created a 5-by-12 foot tabletop display depicting a 3D map of the city as the children envisioned it. The miniature cityscape was on display at the Main Library for several months.

Among the children’s paper and pipe cleaner constructions were green spaces, fishing ponds, and lots of parks. There were also movie theaters, community gardens, and tall, compact apartment buildings.

DesignRVA 2024 will be held Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Seven Hills School at 1311 Overbrook Rd. The event is open to all youth and families.