Between 2008 and 2014, the economic impact of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts more than doubled, totalling $145.1 million in 2014. This growth is reflective of the Richmond region’s increasing commitment to arts experiences that celebrate Richmond’s diverse cultural expression.
Many museums, events, and programs around the city demonstrate Richmond’s commitment to–and passion for–arts and culture. As the city begins to establish itself as a creative city home to murals and tattoo parlors, many organizations are considering ways to incorporate the arts into civic engagement and revitalization efforts. Richmond uses the arts to bring together diverse community members, through exhibitions, festivals, performances, and more.
The city recently drafted its first Public Art plan with the vision statement: “Through public art, Richmond will acknowledge a rich and complex past, celebrate a unique culture and natural beauty, enhance neighborhood identity, and engage the creative community.”
- 2017 Public Art Plan Draft
- Performing Statistics
- Richmond’s Recent Recognitions for Art & Culture
- The Richmond Mural Project
- Culture Works
The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom was enacted in 1786, making Virginia the first of the British colonies to legalize the freedom of religion.
Today, Richmond is home to several active interfaith community groups including Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the Virginia Interfaith Center. These groups are working to promote dialogue between religious groups.
To get involved, you can research some of the following links below:
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Question 1 of 4
The Sellman Collection of African American Folk Art is a vibrant and fascinating part of Virginia Union University’s collection. What notable artist is represented in the collection?Correct
Given to the Virginia Union Univeristy Museum by Dr. and Mrs. James Sellman, the collection consists of the works of over ten important vernacular artists, most notably Mose Tolliver and Thornton Dial.
Question 2 of 4
Who is represented in Richmond’s newest monument?Correct
The Maggie Lena Walker monument was unveiled during a ceremony at Adams and Broad Streets on July 15, 2017.
Question 3 of 4
When did the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts open to the public?Correct
In the midst of the Great Depression, on January 16, 1936, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
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Who drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1777?Correct
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is a statement about both freedom of conscience and the principle of separation of church and state. Written by Thomas Jefferson and passed by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, it is the forerunner of the first amendment protections for religious freedom.