I love the holiday season for a number of reasons but one of the main reasons is because I get to witness RVA’s giving spirit. I’ve have been a volunteer at the Giving Heart Thanksgiving dinner from just over half of their 8 years and it’s such a rewarding experience. This year was even more special for me because I was joined by my wonderful wife. Together we took pictures of smiles, laughs, hugs, and pure joy.
The Giving Hearts Thanksgiving dinner is just one of many organizations doing great work during the holiday season. RVA Feed the City fed a record number of people this year in Monroe Park on what had to be one of the coldest days of the year. GiveThanksRVA, led by Prabir Mehta and Travis Tucker, is organizing RVA’s arts and music community to support local non-profits such as HomeAgain. It’s a great time of year to see RVA’s giving spirit and community focus.
This year’s Giving Heart Dinner had some very special guest, Mayor Dwight Jones address the over 800 volunteers in the morning and the VCU Men’s basketball team visited the Convention Center in the afternoon. But I have to say the real stars of the event were the volunteers, the Giving Heart leadership led by the amazing Vicki Neilson and the people that came out to communed together.
Cheats Movement photos of the final Face Melt Friday of the year are now posted on The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Visit the Cheats Movement Facebook page – Like the page and share the photos with your friends! Also, Sunday December 8th at Gallery 5 is RVA HOT SAUCE. It will feature a live hip hop cypher – if you want to get down buy a ticket – show up – and sign up on December 8th. WE SEE IT!
It was such an honor to be a part of TEDXGraceStreet. My TED talk was about Defining RVA’s Community and the Community Week project we did right here on The Cheats Movement Blog in March. Take a look at the talk and please give me your feedback. I think right now is an important time in RVA. I encourage the community to use platforms like TEDX, social media, and of course, good old community involvement to make an impact on the future. THIS IS OUR RICHMOND – WE SEE IT!
CLICK HERE to see all the amazing speeches from TEDXGraceStreet.
I took the Cheats Movement camera to document the early scene at yesterday’s March Against Mass Incarceration in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond. I didn’t know many details about the March besides it was organized by a Richmond activist group called Collective X. I must admit, I was very intrigued by the number of people that said they were planning to attend the rally on Facebook – it was nearly 300 before the event and I wanted to see if that number would hold.
While I certainly have my own opinions about the best way to improve the criminal justice system, most of them focus on funding successful rehabilitation programs, the parts of yesterday’s rally that I photographed were peaceful and educational. The Richmond Police were on scene and very respectful. The images tell the story themselves. The count number I saw was around 100 people – NBC news reported 150 at the max.
My brother Mikemetic put in serious work on this documentary short featuring his son Meechi – and their trip to Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz in NYC. Mike has been putting in work all over RVA social media and is making a splash with his newest social media project NATIVES – make sure to visit the site. WE SEE IT!
“About 6 months ago Meech and I took a trip to NYC to visit the international graffiti museum 5 Pointz. The building has been in a legal struggle the past couple of months as developers and the owner of the property want to demolish it and turn it into high rise condos. I put this short vid together in support of 5 pointz and as a preview to a more expansive street art retrospective coming out December 2013. Check it out and visit 5ptz.com to see how you can help.”
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I’m so excited to announce the return of RVA HOT SAUCE! RVA HOT SAUCE is one of the best live events in Richmond, hosted by The Cheats Movement Blog. Think RVA David Letterman on steroids. HOT SAUCE was first done in 2011 at The Shop. This year we are taking the event to Gallery 5 and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best live events of the year.
(SO FAR) The event will feature live performances by: Photosynthesizers, Anousheh, J.D. Haze, Ohbliv, Radio B, Michael Millions, and Noah O. Along with a performance by the Coalition Theater, a kindness mission from Kindness Girl Patience Salgado, and in HOT SAUCE fashion – an open mic hip hop cypher. And that’s not all, there will be information available and commentary presented by some of the most active community organizations in RVA. RVA HOT SAUCE is a can’t miss event so mark your calendar for Sunday December 8th.
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Doors open at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220
PRICE: $10 at the door – $8 in advance
To view the entire photo album – visit the Cheats Movement Facebook Page - Share & Follow! WE SEE IT!
History was made last night at the Old Towne Civic Center in Petersburg. The God Emcee Rakim was in the building. Thanks to Soul Logistics Radio – S/O the brothers J.D. Haze – Doug Evans – Rodney “Soul Singer” – and everyone that work so hard to make a historic night happen. In addition to Rakim the night featured performances by Narubi Selah, Rodney “Soul Singer”, J.D. Haze, & Jasmine.
The evening was hosted by Doug Evans. I had a minute to catch up with Doug after the show and asked him why it was so important that this event came to the Burg, “There is a a lot of shooting – a lot of killing – and a lot of wanna be rappers in our community – so I thought if I bring the God Emcee – the best of the best Rakim – he would enlighten the town and give people hope an inspiration.”
J. D. Haze echoed those comments, “Us being emcees and inspiring emcees, Rakim defiantly had an impact on us by having a righteous posture and keeping it funky for the people. With all the negativity that goes on in our community it is important that we can show that we can have fun in hip-hop in the original way it was intended: peace, love, unity, and having fun, and that’s what we did tonight.
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JJ Burton Photo by Cheats – Follow The Cheats Movement of Facebook for the full photo album
I made my first ever trip to The Listening Room last night. I’d heard about the monthly music session – held at the Firehouse Theater – earlier this year, I think from my buddy Shannon Cleary. The group of volunteers that run the monthly event always books some of the best talent in RVA and last night stayed in-line with that tradition. It was exciting to see JJ Burton play live. The trio of Scott Burton, Reggie Pace, and Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison) have been making waves with other projects in RVA (and beyond), last night was the first time they’ve played live as JJ Burton – or whatever name you want to suggest – they are open. The current name is spawned from Burton’s work with NOLA artist Jneiro Jarel of JJ DOOM. Burton and Pace (NO BS! and Bon Iver) also play together in the amazing band Glows in the Dark. Harris has been generating a buzz all this year with a combination of different projects that span several musical genres. I’m looking forwarding to seeing exactly what this trio can pull together in the future.
Following JJ Burton and closing out the evening were Listening Room alums Bonnie Staley and Josh Small (above). I actually use to play hoops with Josh during our VCU days – I’ve been a fan of his music but last night was the first time that I was able to see him play live. He is truly an amazing talent. I love the chemistry between him and Staley, you can tell instantly that they enjoy playing together.
The Listening Room is a wonderful series. I highly recommend it to all music lovers. I will warn you that they take the music seriously – there is not talking during the performance and even if you’re not talking – some people consider photos a distraction – so be warned – I have learned from my rookie mistake. To see all the photos – visit the Cheats Movement Facebook Page and while you’re there click like to follow along. WE SEE IT!
Yesterday I visited with Movement Family at the First Annual Harvest Festival presented by Renew Richmond. The Green Harvest Festival celebrated healthy food, urban agriculture and community health. Despite the unpredictable weather and some outdoor sound issues we gathered at Jerusalem Connection Community Garden on Richmond’s south side to bond and enjoy some good food and music. Any day that I can hear one of my favorite songs “The Call” performed live by my brother JD Haze – it’s a good day. I was able to capture some special family moments on camera. To see all the photos from the event – visit and LIKE the Cheats Movement Facebook page.
There something really special happening in RVA right now surrounding urban gardening and producing healthy food in areas designated as food deserts. One of the people leading these efforts is my brother Duron Chavis (pictured above). Make sure you follow him on Facebook and twitter to learn more about his urban garden efforts in the RVA Community.
JD Haze (above) Any day I can hear The Call performed live it’s a good day
For all the photos visit and Like the Cheats Movement Facebook page. WE SEE IT!
It all started with a completely random tweet:
And it ended with me rappelling 400 feet down the SunTrust Building in the heart of RVA.
“Never again,” I yelled as my feet touched the ground. I could not believe I had just done something that I told myself I would never do. Ya see – I don’t understand those folks that do “extreme” adventures for fun. I don’t really understand those who pay money (a lot of money) to run marathons. I don’t knock them but I just don’t get it. And now – thanks to that random tweet (which I later found out I have Paul Spicer of Richmond Grid to thank for that) I am one of those people, rappelling 400 feet in the middle of the morning. And though I yelled, “Never again,” I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
So why did I do it? Two reasons: 1. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity before and that is important to me to share the experience on behalf of the Cheats Movement fam. I don’t take that for granted. 2. The cause is just too good not to be involved. I went Over the Edge – to highlight Over the Edge. It is an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia. Special Olympics VA started Over the Edge Richmond in 2009 as their inaugural Over the Edge event.
Over 100 people are going Over the Edge during the two-day event and all of them have a great story & connection to the amazing work of Special Olympics VA. Following my trip Over the Edge, I was able to speak with Rick Jeffrey, the President of Special Olympics Virginia, who put the entire event in the right perspective, “These events will challenge (you) but also remind you that our (Special Olympic) athletes face incredible challenges everyday: rejection, discrimination and others and their challenges last a lifetime.”
I met and visited with so many great people this morning – way too many to S/O but a very special S/O to: my dude Grid Guy, Holly Claytor, Columbus (and the entire team that hooked me up on the roof), Checkout Girl, Paige Stevens, Karen Phel and all the amazing cats on the 20th floor. #WESEEIT
I know that it has been a minute but I have so many photos from Fall Line Fest, I can’t drop them all on the blog. I will have them up on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Like the Cheats Movement FB Page and check out all the photos. Fall Line Fest was a huge success for RVA. I can’t wait until next year. Thanks to all that performed and supported. #WE SEE IT. This is exactly what RVA needs. Lovin my city right now!
The entire Cheats Movement X Fall Line Fest photo album will be on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page!
I hope you have heard by now about TEDxGraceStreet happening this Friday, September 20th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Richmond Times-Dispatch building at 300 E. Franklin Street. Tickets are available and only $25.
Earlier this year, I was introduced to TEDx events by TEDXRVA. The event made a huge splash in RVA , taking over the Power Plant Building and producing a TEDx on par with some of the best in the nation. I was there, got to know some of the organizers, and was glad to be a part of the online community at the event. And while I look forward to the next TEDxRVA let me tell you a little bit why I’m excited about TEDxGraceStreet.
1: I’m speaking! I’ll just get that out the way first. I am one of the 12 speakers so far announced for the event. While I’m still working on my talk right now, it will be about the project we did early his year on the Cheats Movement, where nearly 50 Richmonders posted about what community means to them. I’m excited to highlight some of the answers and focus on what we can learn from these answers to move RVA forward. I’ve wonder since March how to keep the project alive and I think TEDxGraceStreet will be an amazing boost for this project.
2: TEDxGraceStreet is “clearly” Richmond Focused: TEDxGraceStreet is described as a special TEDxCity2.o event that will showcase local experts and innovators in arts, education, urban planning, civic engagement, social justice and economic development. The key word here is local. Friday’s event is not a national event featuring a mixture of local speakers, it’s entirely focused on the Greater Richmond area. I think that is very important that we support events that are focused on improving Richmond from within.
3. The speakers are outstanding! I’m a huge fan of the speakers announced so far. If you haven’t heard about Angela Patton and her work with Camp Diva, you should come Friday. If you are not familiar with Ross Catrow and how he is moving the needle at RVANews.com, you should come Friday. if you are not familiar with Damon Jiggetts, Prabir Mehta, and Christy Coleman, you should come this Friday. The speakers are amazing and again based right here in RVA. National speakers will come – make a splash – and then go. You’ll be lucky if some of them follow you back or twitter but these speakers not only will you be able to see after this event, you should be able to actually meet with them and work with them to improve RVA.
4. Ticket price! I was fairly vocal about ticket price before TEDxRVA so I feel it’s necessary to mention it here. The tickets for TEDxGraceStreet are $25. I’m okay with that – I’m actually really good with that. I would love for it to be free but I understand there is a cost and I think $25 is worth it. I’m also very happy to know TEDxGraceStreet is setting aside tickets for non-profits. I won’t revisit the past with regard to ticket price at other TED events but I think $25 is a very reasonable price for attendance.
5. Finally, I’m excited about TEDxGraceStreet because it is yet another opportunity for Richmond to continue this crazy/amazing momentum that we have created and held over the last 2 years or so that RVA is a place we are proud to call home. As we transition from summer and move solidly into fall, think about all that is happening in RVA, the public events, the festivals, the art, the music. The creative culture of Richmond is thriving and TEDxGraceStreet provides another opportunity for us as Richmonders to capture what’s happening and keep it going.
Family, tickets are going fast for Friday. The limit in the room is 100 people so please log-on to the TEDxGraceStreet site and buy your ticket now. See you there #WESEEIT.
Why I Love RVA Today: The Horn RVA’s video on this weekend’s Fall Line Fest. There will be more recap and photos to come this week on The Cheats Movement and The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. WE SEE IT.
Right in time for Fall Line Fest – Brand New Ms. Proper – Harder to Stand (Produced by Ohbliv). Ms. Proper will be performing on Saturday September 7 at 6 PM at the legendary Hippodrome. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the track.
Ms. Proper – Harder to Stand
On Sept 6 & Sept 7, the first ever Fall Line Fest invades in downtown Richmond. The festival features 5 venues: The Hippodrome Theater, The Camel, Strange Matter, Love RVA (Friday only), Gallery 5 (Saturday only) and over 40 bands. The Cheats Movement Blog is excited to play a small part of this inaugural festival. In the spirit of SXSW – one wrist band gets you into every venue – that’s right – one wrist band and you can get a band for $20 right now: http://falllinefest.com/2013/#tickets.
I’m excited that several members of the family – extended family – and bands that I’m just a fan of are playing. Here the first in a series of FLF previews that I’m hype about:
Ms. Proper – Saturday September 7th – Hippodrome Theater – 6 PM
Ms. Proper (shown above): has been one of the my favorite MCs since I started the Cheats Movement Blog in 2011. Always laying down for RVA (though she has recently relocated to the ATL), Ms. Proper has consistently carried the torch for female MCs and RVA as a whole. Her show always brings a level of energy and excitement that is worth the price of admission. GET THERE EARLY on Saturday September 7th. I guarantee if you miss Proper’s set you will regret it.
Ohbliv – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 7:30 PM
I don’t know what I can say about Ohbliv that really hasn’t been said. He is getting to legend status in the game right now. The most truthful thing I can say is that Obliv is RVA’s most popular best kept secret. Hard to explain, I know, but this brother has been on Hot 97.com, he’s doing shows all over the country, released a record in Iceland and yet RVA – I’m not sure you realize what you have right here. If you’ve seen an Ohbliv set – I don’t have to tell you but if you’ve never seen this brother live – be there at 7:30 PM at the historic Hippodrome. Ohbliv will make you move.
DOE the Paperboy – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 6:45 PM
I’ve been so impressed with DOE the Paperboy over the last two years. He reps Petersburg to the fullest. DOE is constantly pushing the boundary of what Central VA hip hop can do. He is a artist and mogul – representing the DOE brand everywhere he goes. His rhyme style puts him in the upper levels of the game and his visuals and production have been off the chain. DOE has really extended his live shows, recently headlining The National with his friends Against Grace. Most Def a great addition to FLF.
Photosynthesizers – Saturday September 7 – Hippodrome Theater – 8:15 PM
One of my favorite bands (period). Photosynthesizers has it all: great music – a great live set – personality – talent – they are just a complete band. One of my favorite bands to be around and I’m excited that they are working on new material to get out to the world. Versitilty is the word that comes to mind when I think of Photos. You can’t put them in a box – you want to go lyrics? Bar Codez got you. You want to go Soul or even Rock? Sam Reed can handle that – DJ’s? New addition Billy Nguyen is on it. And that’s not even mention J. Bryant, Data and Chelsea. Photos is ready to break out.
Finishing the night at the Hippodrome are the amazing NO BS! Brass Band and New Orleans’ Big Freedia. September 7th will be an amazing night at the Hippodrome – don’t wait – buy your ticket to the entire Fall Line Fest right now!
NO BS! Brass Band Plays the Hippodrome at 9:30 PM (Photo taken from NO BS! Brass FB page)
No BS! Brass and Big Freedia photos taken from their Facebook fan pages. All other photos shot by Cheats
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington and MLK’s “I have a dream” speech. I’ve been following the coverage leading up to this landmark anniversary. There seems to be a consensus that when it comes to the “promise land” black Americans have made tremendous progress since 1963 and yet there is still a ways to go. How far we have to go depends on who you ask. Newsweek columnist Joshua DuBois wrote this week that “we” (black America) don’t have very far to go to be equal with non-Hispanic whites in categories like: high school drop out percentage (around 14% for blacks, around 12% for whites), life expectancy (72 for blacks, 77 for whites), he points out that while the incarceration rate of blacks today is worse than that of black Americans 50 years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder has targeted this issue and is working to lay out real solutions. DuBois writes achieving civil rights equality is more achievable today than ever before and all we have to do is take a few steps forward to realize it.
While DuBois’s picture in Newsweek is optimistic, there is another article that caught my attention and it paints a more sobering viewpoint of progress. A strong article in this week’s The Economist “Waking Life” really put in perspective the goals of King’s speech and, in Economist fashion, does the research to put statistical data behind their views. In short, the Economist points out the King’s speech laid out four major grievances: discrimination by private businesses and local government; barriers that kept black Americans from voting; unfair treatment by police; and what might broadly be called social mobility and economic opportunity. The Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 both went a long way to eliminate significant hurdles in the first two grievances laid out by King. While there are still issues with voting participation and discrimination by government bodies based on race, compared to 50 years ago I think it is safe to say the goals of Dr. King are being fulfilled.
Black Americans have made great strides in 50 years in reducing poverty and increasing college graduation rates. But the real problem is that we are not comparing ourselves to blacks 50 years ago, we are comparing ourselves to whites and other ethnic groups and there’s the rub. Like it or not black Americans lag behind whites in life expectancy and median income; we exceed whites in dropout rate and poverty rates. The Economist points out that the gap in median individual income between blacks and non-Hispanic whites rose a third, to almost $9,000 a year between 2000 and 2011. Black Americas were hit harder by the foreclosure crises, are more likely to attend a substandard school, and less likely to graduate from college, than white Americans. Black Americans are more likely to hold jobs with no benefits or retirement plan and have less money to save.
All of this without mentioning the criminal justice system; a place where, believe or not, black Americans – specifically young black males – are much more likely to be incarcerated today than 50 years ago. In 2011, 478 of every 100,000 white men and 51 of every 100,00 white women were imprisoned. For black men the rate was 3,023 per 100,000 and for black women 129 for every 100,000. Black Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested for the same crime. It’s truly a sobering look.
While it’s really easy to take a look at these facts and feel a bit discourage – or take it a step further and blame other people or entities; “The Man” or “The System.” We, as black Americans, also have to look within ourselves and our own communities – though there are less of them with growing gentrification (which may or may not be bad thing depending on who you ask). I have no doubt that the roots of many of these problems lie in the legacy of slavery and segregation. But we live in 2013 and we have to move now to fight our new battles in black America.
Marriage is declining and out-of-wedlock births are increasing throughout the country and black Americas are leading the way in both categories. In 2011, 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers, and just 29% of black adults were married, compared with 60% in 1960. That is a problem in our community. Black on black crime is a real problem that needs to be addressed stronger; and I’m not talking about just in Chicago; it’s a problem throughout the country.
Dr. King is a true hero of mine for so many reasons: his faith, his courage, his logic, his fear, his leadership, so many reasons. I think it’s fair to say if he were alive today, he would be proud that a black man was elected President of the United States — twice. But I think he would also be concerned about the future of America. There is a sense that black America is losing sight of the dream and may even be losing the resolve to fight for it. I hope that is not true. I can’t speak – even better – I will not speak for others. I will only speak for myself when I say one of the good things about living in Richmond is that Richmond makes it very hard to forget the past, Monument Avenue makes it very hard for me to forget the past. Even today, the Virginia Flaggers make it very hard for me to forget the past. And while I struggle with some of the logic, I am thankful for the reminder that some people want to take me back. I don’t want to forget the struggles of the past. I don’t want to be tricked into the matrix of thinking there is nothing more to fight for. There is still discrimination, division, insensitivity and intolerance. I don’t want to forget the struggles that my grandmother went through. I don’t want to forget the fight that Dr. King waged. I don’t want to go backwards. So I do agree, 50 years later, we have come a long way yet there is still a ways to go and great work to be done.
LIGHT OF HUMAN KINDNESS UPDATE: Hamilton Glass is on the scene and started painting today. I took a few photos of his progress. HAM? is really going freestyle with the mural. I asked him earlier today did he have a sketch and he does but he’s really trying to feel out the project; it seems that the end result will be much more organic. Follow the Light of Human Kindness both HERE and on Facebook.
I also have to give a huge S/O and happy birthday to Ed Trask. Ed is the architect of the RVA Street Art Festival and has really moved through a lot of challenges this year to pull the festival off. Happy Birthday Ed!
Those in the know are in the know…..I don’t know any details. I just know how Joe Threat treated me… he was always unbelievably kind to me personally and a huge fan of The Cheats Movement Blog. I’ve definitely got a heavy heart…this one is for Joe Threat, his RVA hip hop family, and the culture. Gone too soon.
Come out right now (& this weekend) to help with the Light of Human Kindness Mural Project…The Light of Human Kindness is an interactive mural in RVA that explores what happens when art, technology and kindness come together to illuminate the power of human connection. At the kindness wall at the old GRTC Depot on Cary Street across from Selba.
Big Shout to the homie Jonathan Martin (Love RVA Gallery) for this great video of the Richmond Mural Project. WE SEE IT!
No doubt about it – this year’s 2013 Richmond Mural Project brought a new level of attention to RVA’s art scene. The media coverage was elevated and the murals seemed to take on a more inviting style to the general public. Popular artist like Angry Woebots, Stormie Mills, Etam Cru, Greg Mike, & Gaia brought art enthusiast from afar and gave instant credibility to the vision. I was able to catch up with the man behind the Richmond Mural Project Shane Pomajambo of Art Whino to chat with him about this year’s success, lessons learned, and his plan of the future. WE SEE IT!
This year’s Richmond Mural Project seemed to explode in regards to media coverage and overall reception. What is your take on RVA’s interest in enthusiasm regarding public art and the mural project?
The coverage has been overwhelming. Everyone around the world is buzzing about the Richmond Mural Project mostly because of the star line-up of artists painting in the city and their big following both in fans and press. As we go into the second year more and more people are aware of what we are doing and the mission of the Richmond Mural project. I am looking forward to those same people telling their friends and quadrupling the support next year.
Compare this year’s Richmond Mural Project to last year’s G40 and tell me what lessons did you learn from last year and how they were able to assist you this year.
A lot of lessons were definitely learned last year - from organizing and getting muralist up in the morning up at the same time in the morning to organization of the smaller items which have to fall into place. This year was a slam dunk in all aspects and we have definitely had smooth sailings.
What was the final total on artist and murals?
This year we had 13 muralist in town with a total of 22 Mural implemented for a grand total of 45 so far.
What has been the major challenge in ensuring live art projects –like the Richmond Mural Project – succeed in places like Richmond?
If I understand your question correctly you are asking what is the major challenge in producing the Richmond Mural project? Funny enough there really has been a major challenge which is why the project is so successful. From day one the Mayors office has been quick to adopt the project as a official Arts District project. The business owners have been overwhelming supportive such as Alan and Todd from Selba and Meeshell, Ernst and Johnny from business such as Sidewalk Cafe and Kitchen 64. Of course the people have been super supportive as well. People such as you Marc who help spread the word!
What is your long-term vision for the Richmond Mural Project?
My long term vision for the Richmond Mural project is to have the largest collection of murals from the greatest Muralists in the world right here in good ole Richmond. This will attract visitors from all over the world for years on end to come to Richmond and enjoy its amazing multidimensional offerings it has.
Do you have a favorite mural in Richmond?
I don’t because for me my favorite thing about the murals is the process. When you place the perfect muralist in the perfect spot and they create a piece that is his or her reaction to their experience in Richmond for me is my favorite part. So with that said they are all my favorite!
Huge S/O to my family Patience Salgado and Hamilton Glass for bringing the Light of Human Kindness to RVA. This is a bold “BOLD” concept to bring to RVA and I’ve personally seen the toll it has brought on my sister P thus far.
The Light of Human Kindness is an interactive mural in RVA that will explore the relationship of light and darkness and what can happen when art, technology and kindness come together to illuminate the power of human connection.
The project begins with our simple human stories. Once the stories are collected and written on the wall at a community event, Richmond artist Hamilton Glass will paint the mural over the very stories that hold our shared humanity and goodness.
The 1,000 (LED light bulbs) installed directly on an 80 foot wall in Cary Street will then light up one-by-one in real time as people from Richmond and around the world complete acts of kindness inspired by the mural art or their own experience of needing light during a dark time.
The mural will also invite folks to experience the power of human connection by interacting with the wall itself using conductive properties and other cutting edge technology. The collective energy of one hand touching the wall while linked with a physical human connection to others will also power the lights. and I know with her dedication this will be and amazing instillation. — reposted from The Light of Human Kindness and from KindnessGirl.com — please check out what is down with the Light of Human Kindness project – you won’t be sorry.
I have about 57,000 stories to tell you about this project, but for now I’ll just say this…it’s here, *big sigh of relief*, and I can’t wait to do this together because…
everyone has a dark story
everyone holds a light
everyone needs kindness
the light is coming…