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City Studio is next week!

From April 1 to 5, we'll be running our second spring break
City Studio program, a free weeklong camp for middle schoolers
This year City Studio will focus on production design. Participants will meet with a wide range of film, TV, and theater industry professionals to learn all about what they do. We'll explore the prop furniture studio and costume department at VCU, visit the Virginia Opera and the set of Madama Butterfly, and tour the Oval Office set where Homeland was filmed. To make this exciting week a reality, we still need your help to meet our goal!  
City Studio logo designed by former Oakwood Arts intern Amanda O'Connell
Your donations go a long way!
$50 = Supplies for one student for the week 
$65 = All expenses for one student for a day
$100 = Transportation for a field trip
$200 = Stipend for a teen counselor for the week
$325 = Tuition for a teen participant for the week
$1,000 = All City Studio supplies and materials 
$6,500 = The entire City Studio program!
Support City Studio!
While we're asking... We still need lunches, snacks, and a few supplies to help make the week a success. To donate specific items, please visit our SignUpGenius HERE. We're also looking for more digital cameras. If you have one you'd like to donate, you can drop it off this Saturday, March 30, at 313 N. 24th Street. We'll be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Space for City Studio generously sponsored by Sterling Bilder LLC 

Thank you to our community partners and all who have donated so far! 
Current Programs

Intro to Animation

With Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School

Our animation programs at Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club are coming to an end, and we've already begun a new session at Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School. Elementary and middle school participants got a hands-on introduction to tools and techniques including storyboarding, hand-drawn animations, set building, Claymation, and audio recording. Students also met a variety of guest speakers working in a range of creative fields.
Special thanks to the wonderful guest speakers who joined us, including McKinley Dixon, rapper and VCU Kinetic Imaging graduate; Amanda Patterson and Anna Kolantis, animators for the Martin Agency; Jason Quarles, animator for Arts & Letters; and Evie Metz, Claymation animator from the VCU Photo + Film MFA program.
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club students are finalizing their animations this week, and we are excited to share! (Claymation by Faith, fourth grade)

Story Hour

With Peter Paul Development Center @ Bellevue Elementary + Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
For the month of March we read Firebird, a story by ballerina Misty Copeland, who teaches a young girl to dance with confidence. Students learned about gesture drawing through DIY scratch art, plus a bit about tap dance and the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a Richmond native. This month's readers and guests included board member Enjoli Moon (see below for more about Enjoli); Alex Gwynn, our community organizer and programs assistant; and Felecia Manns, former firefighter and owner of Happiness Dance Studios.
Frances, Oakwood Arts volunteer, poses for first grade student's scratch art gesture drawing
Felecia Manns shares the art of tap dance with Story Hour participants

East End Quilt Collective

On March 9 the Oakwood Arts team, along with volunteers from the National Association of Black Social Workers, Wounded Warrior Project, and Hermitage High School, joined the Friends of East End for their weekly cemetery cleanup. After working hard all morning to clear graves of overgrowth, participants paused to reflect on their experience through writing and photography. The photos and quotes shared that day will become part of a quilt that will highlight the rich history of the cemetery and the Church Hill community. Stay connected and updated on upcoming events by following our East End Quilt Collective Facebook page.

“It is the experience of unearthing a treasured headstone, cleaning it and sending the message to all that are buried here, 'you are not forgotten!'" -Ramon Maisonet

“Seeing all the different people in the community coming together and sharing their knowledge with us was an amazing sight to see!" -Lee Ann Monteiro

Volunteer Highlight
Each month we are featuring inspiring members of our community who have worked with Oakwood Arts
One of Oakwood Arts' founding board members, Enjoli Moon is the assistant curator of film and special programs at the Institute for Contemporary Art and the founding creative director of Richmond’s Afrikana Independent Film Festival, an annual multiday festival that presents the cinematic works of people of color and brings filmmakers, artists, activists, and community members together. As part of her role at the ICA, Enjoli curates the cinema series, which takes place the second Wednesday of every month. The screenings are accompanied by conversations and experiences that connect audiences to the films, to key social issues, and to each other. 
We're so grateful to have Enjoli on our board and for her engagement with our community. Most recently, she read Firebird to Bellevue students as part of our Story Hour program. 
It's happening! Our second annual auction is Saturday, June 22. Please visit oakwoodarts.org/solstice-summer-benefit-auction to learn more about purchasing sponsorships and event tickets and to see what we have in store this year.
Solstice save-the-date designed by Oakwood Arts intern Kiersten Marshall
Interested in volunteering with Oakwood Arts?

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers with experience in graphic design, web design, costume design, photography, animation, or film and video editing and production. If you fit that description, please fill out our volunteer form. We would love to have you on our team to help teach classes and guide our students.
Don't have time to volunteer but want to help?
Every bit you give helps us bring inspiring
and experiential learning programs to our community.

Thank you!
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