Woodville Elementary School Field Day
June 12, 2019

It was such a perfect afternoon to be at the Woodville Elementary School Field Day! Our program mentors spent the day capturing the fun and teaching digital photo skills to our group of 5th grade event photographers!


Richmond Night Market
June 8, 2019

What an amazing night at the Richmond Night Market! Jumping off of our Story Hour book for the month, Izzy Gizmo, about a young girl who makes inventions that help out — we ran a booth to make inventions in the creative kids hangout. So many wonderful inventions were thought up in the company of many great vendors including DaVinciSnowCone machine which served as great inspiration!


Binford Arts and Music Festival
June 8, 2019

Some more dancing characters were brought to life today at Binford Arts and Music Festival to contribute to a community collaborative dance animation.

Human Expression — at the Market @ 25th
June 2, 2019

It was a lovely afternoon to join the Market@25th for their event centered around human expression! We ran a table for people of all ages to bring to life a character + contribute to a community collaborative dance animation.

Peter Paul Development Center’s Red Carpet Event — Miss Sweet Lady Play
May 17, 2019

We were thrilled to have been a part of Peter Paul Development Center’s Red Carpet Event. Oakwood Arts Staff and volunteers built the set and made the props for their one act play Ms. Sweet Lady. We are so proud of everyone involved! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, especially Pat Storey for lending his professional skills!


Winter Dance Photo-booth — at Bellevue Elementary
March 15, 2019

We were happy to be a part of the “Lucky You! Dance” snapping some photos while Bellevue dragons closed out the school week by getting down to music by @ant_boogie_

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Living History Museum — at Woodville Elementary
March 5, 2019

Thanks to Turnaround Arts Richmond for inviting us to participate in their living history museum at Woodville Elementary school to celebrate Black History Month. Oakwood Arts program mentor Maya Jackson shared about her craft as a photographer and had a chance to meet musicians Claudia Eliaza and Dan Zanes who are working with Woodville students this year!


Winter Dance Photo-booth — at Chimborazo Elementary
Feb 8, 2019

We had a great time snapping pics and shaking kicks in our neighborhood at the Winter Dance Photo-booth with the Chimborazo Elementary School Jaguars. Thank you to our volunteers Marissa, Julie, and Raelyn for sharing their photography skills!


Winter Solstice — at Candela Gallery
Dec 21, 2018

Huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Winter Solstice party at Candela Gallery last night. We are so grateful for all the love and support. Here is a sample of lovely photos from our photo-booth. You can the rest of them here!

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TEDxYOUTH Interactive Session
November 17, 2018

Oakwood Arts was invited to set up an interactive booth at the TEDxYouth event. We highlighted the work of our East End Quilt Collective partners—Unicia Buster ran a quilt-making and embroidery activity and we also exhibited the work of Erin Hollaway Palmer and Brian Palmer, who are creating a digital story mapping archive of the East End Cemetery. It was great getting to interact with many of our students as well as meet some new people and tell them about our Quilt Collective project.


Halloween Photo Booth @ the Oakwood Arts Office
October 31, 2018

We set up our annual Halloween photo booth at our offices in Church Hill. We had an amazing turnout and got to meet so many of our neighbors.


Halloween Costume Drive & the Annual Fall Fest at the Robinson Theater
October 28, 2018

Oakwood Arts spent the weeks leading up to Halloween collecting costumes and accessories from our community. We got to distribute them at the Robinson Theater’s annual Fall Festival and had a great time creating images with our spooky lightbox!


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

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 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 demonstrated on-site Photoshop skills and techniques to mentees and community members!


Field Day at Peter Paul Development Center
Setember 16, 2017

We had a great day at Peter Paul Development Center making cyanotypes & digital collages. Oakwood Arts has the best volunteers in the whole world! 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)