East End Quilt Collective: Cyanotype Workshop
August 18, 2018

Oakwood Arts hosted a cyanotype workshop at East End Cemetery, involving both the creation of fabric cyanotype quilt squares as well as some clean-up and restoration of the surrounding areas alongside Friends of East End. The quilt squares made at this event and at future workshops will ultimately serve as material for a community-made collaborative quilt. You can learn more about the East End Quilt Collective Project by clicking here.

 
 

East End Quilt Collective: First Informational Meeting
August 14, 2018

This was the first of a series of conversations about East End Cemetery, the community it served, and the years-long effort to restore it. Founded in 1897, East End is the final resting place of thousands of African American Richmonders. The first talk, by restoration volunteer and advocate Erin Hollaway Palmer, highlighted the history of the cemetery, the forces that contributed to its decline, and the people working to reclaim it from nature and neglect. We also introduced our own arts-based approach to the restoration and commemoration of this vital community site. You can learn more about the East End Quilt Collective Project by clicking here.

 
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Exhibition: Artist-in-Residence Massa Lemu's "the sea hums bearing strange gifts"
May 10, 2018

Lemu’s site-specific installation at Oakwood Arts, the sea hums bearing strange gifts, charts his experiences as a Malawi immigrant who has since lived in various places around the world including Georgia, Texas, and Cape Town. Along with salvaged suitcases, original text, video pieces, and photographs, the project also features eighteen cots that were repurposed from the daycare center that now houses Oakwood Arts. 

Thanks to our partnership with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, we present the sea hums bearing strange gifts with the support of volunteers and VisArts instructors, who graciously donated their time and the use of the VisArts fiber studio.

 
 

Community Event: Women on the Move
April 13, 2018

Oakwood Arts took headshots at Henrico County Public schools "Women on the Move" Career fair in at the New Bridge learning center in Eastern Henrico.

 
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Critical Landscapes: Aesthestics, Topography, and Environment
March 5, 2018

Liz Wells, editor of The Photography Reader (2003) and Photography: A Critical Introduction (2015) gave a talk at Oakwood Arts to emerging photographers and others in the community. Her talk covered the history of landscape photography and the ways that it has contributed to awareness of environmental degradation. 

 
 

Art and Activism: Studio Two Three: #March for Our Lives
March 24, 2018

We set up a photo-booth at March For Our Lives RVA protest today, and at Studio23's Art of Activism event hosted at Oakwood Arts the weekend prior. We printed them on postcards for community members to send to legislators and demand tougher gun laws.

 
 

Art and Activism: Studio Two Three: #Enough
March 14, 17 & 22, 2018

Oakwood Arts partnered with students, Studio Two Three, Moms Demand Action, and Richmond Teachers for Social Justice hosted letter writing, open discussions, sign making and t-shirt printing workshops.

 
 

MLK Day: East End Cemetery Clean-Up & Restoration
January 15, 2018

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we invited our friends and family, staff and board, and members of the community to gather together for a lecture from Friends of the East End and a wonderful day of community service and conversation. Oakwood Arts joined the ongoing restoration effort to help clear vines, tend graves, and uncover Richmond's hidden history.

 
 

Oakwood Arts Fundraiser: Holiday Portraits & Print Sale
December 3, 2017

We are so thankful for all of our volunteers, friends, family, and community members who came out to our holiday fundraiser this December! We were able to raise funds to help us jump-start the New Year by hosting a holiday photo booth to create festive family portraits. Our print sale featured artwork by the young artists in our digital collage workshop, as well as prints by local artists, including our volunteers and staff. All of the participating artists received fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of their work and generously donated fifty percent to help fund future programming at Oakwood Arts. Stay tuned for an online version of our print sale, featuring these talented artists who have supported us in so many ways!

 
 

Halloween Photo Booth
October 31, 2017

This year on Halloween we set up a photo booth at Oakwood Arts complete with accessories and props—and, of course, treats! Check out some of the fantastic costumes! 

 
 

Halloween Costume Drive & Green Screen Photo Booth
October 30, 2017

We had a great time today at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center's fall festival. We gave away Halloween costumes that we'd collected during our costume drive, and we had a green screen photo booth. Our mentors got to demonstrate on-site

 
 

Field Day at Peter Paul Development Center
Setember 16, 2017

We had a great afternoon at Peter Paul Development Center making cyanotypes & digital collages. Oakwood Arts has the best volunteers in the whole world! They were all amazing today. We had quite a crowd.

 
 

Oakwood Arts Block Party & Illumination
July 27, 2017

We hosted our first event at Oakwood Arts—a block party complete with art, music, hot dogs, and ice cream. It was wonderful to meet so many of our neighbors and to share the work created by the young artists who participated in our workshops. A big thank-you to all who came out and to those who graciously donated their time and/or money to make the night happen! (Photos by Brian Palmer and Shannon Castleman)