RVA Community Makers installation honors Black leaders

The art project, led by Hamilton Glass and presented by the VMFA, is in its fifth year.

The VMFA from the sidewalk. A "Storied Strings" banner hangs from the side of the museum building.

The public art project will be on view at the VMFA from Feb. 16-March 17.

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RVA Community Makers — an annual art project honoring Black leaders from a range of fields — returns next month. The project is led by Hamilton Glass and presented by the VMFA. This year, it will have a focus on video storytelling.

The theme is in line with the ongoing exhibitionIssac Julien: Lessons of the Hour — Frederick Douglass,” an immersive video installation. This year’s project will feature work by Richmond videographer and artist Myles Brown.

The honorees are Janine Bell, founder and president of Elegba Folklore Society; Gary Flowers, host of “The Gary Flowers Show;" and the Jackson Ward Collective — a group championing Black business owners led by Rasheeda Creighton, Kelli Lemon, and Melody Joy Short.

The public unveiling of the project will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the atrium. It will remain on view until Friday, March 17.

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