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July & August Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events + Programs 
Give Back Night at Union Market
Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 4pm–11pm

Supporting Oakwood Arts has never been easier (or tastier)! Ten percent of all sales of prepared food, draft beer, and wine by the glass will go toward our programs, helping make art and careers in creative industries accessible to all. 
Stay tuned for more information about fall classes and programming!
Recent Programs + Events

Beyond the Lens: Jackson Ward

In partnership with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Session 1: July 15–19, 2019
Session 2: July 22–26, 2019

Oakwood Arts lead mentors Maya Jackson and Alex Gwynn headed up two sessions of our weeklong digital photography program. Teens explored the rich history of Jackson Ward while learning to use DSLR cameras and photo editing software.

Drawing on the Black History Museum’s collection for inspiration, students developed their own projects under the guidance of program mentors, local photographers, and museum professionals.
Guest speakers included Adele Johnson, director of the Black History Museum; Mary Lauderdale, the museum's visitor services manager; Elvatrice Belsches, historian; Brian Palmer, independent journalist and documentarian; Torrance Hall, photography student; and Regina Boone, photographer for the Richmond Free Press. 
Check out some of our students' work!
To see more, follow us on Instagram: @oakwoodarts
Diptych from the "Untitled" series by Cecilia, 8th grade. 
From the "Street Art" series by Justin, 8th grade.

Museum Careers Exploratory Workshop

In collaboration with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
July 29–August 2, 2019
During this weeklong program led by mentors Kathryn Carney and Maya Jackson, students learned the ins and outs of exhibition planning, design, and curation through field trips to museums around the city. 
Participants also got to hear about museum careers directly from industry professionals at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Valentine, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site, and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center.
Guest speakers included Valerie Cassel-Oliver, Paula Saylor-Robinson, Kimberly Wilson, and Lulan Yu (VMFA); Kristen Stewart (the Valentine); Michael Lease, Dan Nemer, and Egbert Vongmalaithong (ICA); Ajena Rogers, Ethan Bullard, and Ben Anderson (Maggie Walker); and Adele Johnson and Mary Lauderdale (Black History Museum).
Thank you to our summer program donors and sponsors!

"3511 P St" Capital One Group Show 

Our Intro to Animation students from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School showcased their projects alongside work by our program mentors in a group exhibition at Capital One.

National Night Out
At the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

This was our first National Night Out with Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and we had so much fun! Kids and their families dropped by to design characters for our collaborative community animation.
East End Community Field Day
With Peter Paul Development Center

Old friends and new stopped by our cyanotype booth during Peter Paul's Field Day festivities. Using digital negatives and plant life from East End Cemetery, families created sun-printed quilt squares and helped design patterns for our community quilt celebrating the history of Richmond’s East End. Sound like something you'd like to try? Find out more here: East End Quilt Collective.
Sponsored by the Martin Agency
This year’s SOLSTICE summer benefit auction at Candela Gallery was a huge success! We are so grateful to everyone who came out and helped make the night a memorable one. Brian Palmer and Oakwood Arts intern Erin Edgerton captured the event in photos — take a look here.
Oakwood Arts Community 
Sam Page, a recent graduate of the Theatre for Social Change program at Emory & Henry College, has been serving as our Instructor in Residence this summer. Sam quickly put his theater background to use at Oakwood, assisting with stage direction and props for Peter Paul's "Ms. Sweet Lady" play. He has also assisted with our community workshops, worked with students at our events around the city, and has been facilitating community participation in our East End Quilt Collective Project.
Dorolyne Pressley earned her BFA in photography from VCUarts this spring. A longtime volunteer, she drives all the way from NoVA to join us! At Oakwood, she commits most of her time to administrative work in our office. She has also served as an assistant mentor, photographed our costume design program, and assisted with City Studio. Dory will be coming on as an intern this fall. 
Fall is fast approaching, which means . . .

Time for fall programs! And guess what? We need your help funding technology-based art classes for K–12 students. As always, the focus will be on commercially applicable skills for creative industries. We are excited to continue working with our wonderful community partners here in the East End and look forward to our upcoming partnership with the Martin Agency. Stay tuned for more details about this and more, including our new photo club!
Every bit you give helps us bring inspiring
and experiential learning programs to our community.

Thank you!

Got skills? Help teach classes and guide our students! We are always looking for dedicated volunteers with experience in graphic design, web design, costume design, photography, animation, film and video editing/production, and more.
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