We make art and careers in creative industries accessible to all through community engagement, inspiring programming, and experiential education

Check out our upcoming summer programs!
Beyond the Lens: Jackson Ward
Digital Photography at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
July 15–19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades 8–12

Students will explore the rich history of Jackson Ward through digital photography over the course of a week. Under the guidance of program mentors, local photographers, and museum professionals, they'll develop their own projects inspired by BHMVA’s collection while getting to know the work of influential African American photographers, learning the fundamentals of photography, and being introduced to various photo-related careers.

Museum Careers Exploratory Workshop

July 29–Aug 2, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 8–12

During this weeklong program, teens will learn the ins and outs of exhibition planning, design, and curation through field trips to various exhibitions around the city. They'll also have the opportunity to learn about museum careers directly from professionals in the field. In conjunction with the summer photography program at the Black History Museum, participants will use the skills they've learned during the week to assist in curating a student photo show.

Interested students can apply for these FREE weeklong programs here!
Upcoming Community Events
We're excited to be participating in many events around town this month. We'll be setting up our booth this weekend at the Binford Arts + Music Festival, where visitors can join us for a collaborative animation project. This Saturday, June 8, you'll also find us at the Richmond Night Market. Stop by the Creative Kids Corner to design a prototype invention out of recycled materials. Also happening this weekend, we are working with partners VMFA, PPDC & The Market at 25th st. to help coordinate transportation to the  VMFA Family Day, where community members can celebrate the music, artistic traditions, and culture of Mali. Please contact alex@oakwoodarts.org if you are interested in transportation from the east end to this event. 

Coming up on June 14, you can join us at In the Sun Again, the Robinson Theater's community day and block party celebrating Church Hill. We'll be running a photo booth and sharing information about our summer programs and our East End Quilt Collective. Hope to see you there!

East End Quilt Collective

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

50 Evergreen Road, Richmond, VA

Come for the cyanotypes, stay for the cleanup! On two Saturdays this month, our East End Quilt Collective will be volunteering at East End Cemetery and hosting cyanotype (sun print) workshops. We invite visitors and volunteers to participate in a post-cleanup reflection, using plant life, writing, and photographs to create a unique cyanotype for inclusion in our community quilt.

Stay tuned for more details on the East End Quilt Collective Facebook page.


Purchase your SOLSTICE 2019 tickets while they last! Our second-ever benefit auction is bound to beat even our wildly successful and sold-out inaugural event.

Join us at Candela Books + Gallery on June 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., for celestial cocktails, cosmically good food, and astronomical artwork by both established and emerging talents. 

This year will feature work from internationally acclaimed artists Alanna AiritamMaria Elena Gonzalez, Elizabeth King, Brian Palmer — and many more!

Purchase tickets here!
SOLSTICE will also feature curated raffle boxes from renowned artists Rashid Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas.

One hundred percent of raffle proceeds benefit Oakwood Arts. Plus, you can purchase tickets and win even if you can't make it to SOLSTICE. 

Purchase raffle tickets here!
Recent Programs

Intro to Animation

With Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School 
Students in our animation class at AJCES wrapped up their eight-week session last month. Our class got to meet voice actor Mike Henry, who writes, produces, and voices characters for Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. Mike talked about his career path, encouraged students to pursue their passions, and even signed some autographs.

This past month we also had a visit from Jefferson Harris, a local designer, illustrator, and producer. After telling us about his artwork and his time interning with Cartoon Network, he had students try their hand at using digital illustration tools and software.
Take a look at some of the animations from our Intro to Animation class with Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School!
Claymation by Damien, 7th grade
Hand-drawn animation by Danielle, 8th grade
Story Hour 
With Peter Paul Development Center @ Bellevue Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary,
and Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
For this month’s story hour, we read Dream Something Big, a book about artist Simon Rodia, who transformed broken glass, seashells, pottery, and a dream to "do something big" into L.A.'s famous Watts Towers. Students dreamed up their own architectural mosaics inspired by the illustrations in the book. Special thanks to Oakwood Arts board president Aubrey Fountain for reading with us and sharing a bit about his background in architecture.
Oakwood Arts Community Highlights
Karen Wells is one of Oakwood Arts' newest board members, as well as a fifth-generation Church Hill native. She serves as community connector and educator for Community Idea Stations, bringing PBS KIDS resources and experiences to the Market @ 25th, our new neighborhood grocery store. 
We are also thrilled to welcome Sly Tucker to our board this summer. A senior producer at TiltCP, Sly has more than 25 years of experience in the film production industry. He has always enjoyed working with kids, including his time in Alaska at the Covenant House and Cook Inlet Tribal Council as a case manager and evening program coordinator.
Huge congratulations to all of our interns and volunteers who graduated this spring! We are so grateful for all they have contributed to Oakwood Arts, and we can't wait to see the amazing things they'll do in the future.

We'd also like to congratulate a few of our photo interns and volunteers for their accomplishments in their thesis exhibition. Emma Gould was awarded "Best in Show"; Porcelyn Headen was awarded "Most Innovative Installation"; and Adam Dubrueler was awarded a show with Capital One.
2019 VCUarts Photo + Film graduates involved with Oakwood Arts include Marissa Alper, Adam Dubrueler, Erin Edgerton, Raelyn Fines, Emma Gould, Porcelyn Headen, Dominic Hernandez, Maya Jackson, Dorolyne Pressley, and Danielle Witten. Oakwood Arts intern Kelly Fergus also graduated this spring with a master's in art education.  
Hire the best of the best — straight from Oakwood Arts!
Oakwood’s team of interns and volunteers has a whole host of creative skills, ranging from photography to graphic design. Put them to work and take advantage of their technical training while giving back to our community!

Need a headshot? Hire one of our talented photographers. Want to improve your video editing skills? We’ve got experts who can give you one-on-one tutorials.

A portion of the fees directly support Oakwood Arts. Check out our full list of services HERE

For more information, contact our development assistant, Julianne Tripp, at
As the dust settles, we are starting to see the possibilities inside our P Street home. Next up, renovations! We are currently working on plans with architects from Johannas DesignWe can hardly wait to settle back in where we belong. 
Interested in Volunteering with Oakwood Arts?

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

Thank you!
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2216 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23223