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Historic resources plan moves forward
A watercolor sketch of Shockoe Slip with several storefronts and cobblestone streets. There are people milling about the street in the abstract.
Cultural resources include tangible resources, like the historic storefronts pictured in this watercolor of Shockoe Slip.|Photo via VCU Library Digital Collection
The city is moving to the next phase in establishing a comprehensive approach to historic and cultural preservation. Leaders of the Cultural Heritage Stewardship Plan — previously known as the Cultural Resources Management Plan — have released the first draft of the plan and opened it for public comment.


The city-wide plan will guide how Richmond addresses historic and cultural preservation with practical strategies and goals, as well as a focus on equity and inclusion.

A primary focus of the CHSP is identifying those cultural and historic assets — literally. The umbrella term can be applied to tangible resources like buildings and archaeological artifacts, but also intangible ones like community identities and oral histories.

After identification, the plan will include ways to recognize, safeguard, and manage change surrounding these resources.

What’s in the draft


Richmond is filled with history — the entrance to the former Dooley Hospital and a bust of Hippocrates can be found on VCU’s MCV campus.


Photo by RICtoday

The first draft of the project gives a full overview of what the plan aims to accomplish and how it will go about it. At this point in the process, the city is specifically seeking feedback on the plan’s content and organization.

The draft also includes an overview of Richmond’s history and information about past and present preservation programs. The second chapter goes into how it will actually used by city leaders, preservation groups, residents, developers, and other stakeholders.

The whole third chapter of the draft focuses on trends and challenges the plan aims to address, including Richmond’s population growth, housing affordability, deterioration and demolition, and natural disasters.

Get involved

Flip through the plan’s first draft and leave your thoughts. Pro tip: You can see what others have commented by clicking on the yellow speech bubbles in the document.

The deadline for public comments is Sunday, June 30.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Movie Matinees: “Wonka” | Wednesday, June 12 | 2-5 p.m. | RPL West End Branch, 5420 Patterson Ave., Richmond | Free | See the fantasy musical film for free at the library.
  • Personal Finance 101 - Adult Learning Series | Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | HCPS Adult Education Center, 1420 N. Parham Rd., Richmond | Free | Join HCPS for a free financial education series for adults of all ages.
Thursday, June 13
  • Candlelight: Mozart’s Requiem and More | Thursday, June 13 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Bolling Haxall House, 211 E. Franklin St., Richmond | $24-$57 | Experience a classical concert from the Listeso String Quartet in an immersive, multi-sensory environment.
Friday, June 14
  • “The Dark Knight” | Friday, June 14 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | See the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy on the big screen.
Saturday, June 15
  • PopUp RVA | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free entry | Pets are welcome at this rain-or-shine market with 50+ vendors, live music, food, and drinks each week.
  • Suggesting Rhythm’s 9 Innings | Saturday, June 15 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Join the Grateful Dead tribute act for the fourth of nine shows they’re playing at the Broadberry this year.
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News Notes
Try This
  • Kokoro Health Club is teaming up with the Henrico Humane Society for two Kitten Yoga classes this Friday, June 14. At either 5:30 or 7 p.m., find your flow and spend some time with local kittens. Spots are limited — register online.
  • Evergreen Enterprises, a local sports gear retailer, plans to turn its Midlothian headquarters into a manufacturing space. 20,000 sqft of office space will become a production center for sports merchandise. (Richmond BizSense)
  • The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board is adopting federal standards pertaining to airborne wildfire particulate matter. But don’t expect too much to change — environmental policy analysts say Virginia localities already meet the new standards. (VPM)
  • Several new housing laws will take effect in Virginia on Monday, July 1. Among them are laws to protect residents of mobile home parks if the park is sold and to allow abuse victims to terminate leases early to move to safety. (Virginia Mercury)
  • The Virginia Special Olympics were held at UR this past weekend. Roughly 1,200 youth and adult athletes competed in the games, having qualified at a local event from around the state. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Richmond Ballet has hired Maya Erhardt as its first Executive Director. The new role was created to work alongside the organization’s Artistic Director, Ma Cong. Check out the recently released lineup for the 24/25 season, which begins in September.
✏️ Take a cruise, make a sketch
A still of the James River
The James River is a picturesque place to take an art-focused cruise.|Photo by Justin Williams
Want to enjoy scenic views of the James with a sketchpad in your hand? The James River Association is joining forces with Artspace for a pontoon boat sketching cruise.

The cruise will launch from Hopewell at 9 a.m. this Saturday, June 15. Participants ages 16 and up can enjoy a ride on the Spirit of the James, JRA’s new educational pontoon boat.

Over two hours, riders will get to explore a section of the river while receiving sketching instructions from Paul “Buddy” Terrell, a local Richmond artist and Artspace Exhibition Committee Chair.

Participants should plan to bring a sketchbook and the drawing tools of their choice. Tickets are $35. Don’t wait to register — only 22 spots are available.
The Buy
Strut your stuff this summer with accessories from Designed For Joy. The Birdie purse comes in various colorways and features a scarf detail on the handle – perfect for a summer date night.
The Wrap
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I’ve never tried kitten yoga, but I can tell you from experience that my own shelter kitten is very confused when I try to do any stretching in my apartment.
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