A lot of things are happening in Richmond in October!

September 18, 2018

A lot of things are happening in Richmond in October!

Every October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities month, CultureWorks presents
artoberVA to engage the community in the breadth and depth of arts and culture experiences
happening in the Richmond & Tri-Cities region. 2018 is the third annual artoberVA
artoberVA increases participation in arts and culture events in our area and expands the exposure of
organizations, venues, and artists that are creating this vibrant and creative scene.

artoberVA supports CultureWorks belief that arts and culture should be approachable and accessible
to everyone.

artoberVA 2017 saw over 1100 arts and culture experiences around the region created by over 150
artists and organizations.

artoberVA 2018 currently (as of Sept 7) has more than 900 experiences happening during October,
and that number continues to grow every day. Explore, engage and be inspired by hundreds of
events and artists.

Four main focus areas for artoberVA:
 Art in new locations
Working with Better Housing Coalition to provide interactive experiences in areas that are often
underserved by arts and culture opportunities. Engaging and connecting with all populations in
the region.
 Pop-ups
Battersea Foundation hosts a Plein Air Painting Event on their grounds October 13 th .
 Collaborations
Virginia Museum of History & Culture with 10 Virginia artists - "Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by
the Story of Virginia," features murals inspired by objects from their collection. Exhibition
opening day October 27
 Family friendly experiences
Family Arts Day presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond on
October 7 th . It’s an art-centered family day featuring activity tables, art projects, food,
performances and more!

What else should we look forward to as part of artoberVA?
Celebrity Picks
The celebrity event picks introduced in 2017 were so popular we are bringing them back. Each week
of artoberVA two celebrities share their suggestion of where to dig in.
For 2018 we are joined by:
October 1 – 7
 Ajay Brewer - Owner, Brewer’s Cafe
 Joseph Papa - Local Author & Publicist
October 8 -14
 Emily Herr - Muralist & Owner, HerrSuite
 Nutasha - Mascot, The Flying Squirrels
October 15 – 21
 Hugh Joyce - President, James River Air Conditioning, Co.
 Kelli Lemon - Podcast Host /Radio Personality, Coffee with Strangers & KissFM
October 22 - 31
 Juan Conde - Anchor/Reporter, 8News & WRIC-TV
 Christina Dick - Marketing Consultant & Founder, TFB Agency

Art Abandonment
Thanks to the generosity of Hugh Joyce, and James River Air Conditioning, and with the talent of
local artist Doug Orleski of RVA Coffee Stain there will be four different art abandonments happening.
How it works: A piece of art is hidden somewhere in the Richmond area, a picture of where it is is
posted on RVA Coffee Stain social media accounts, the first to find it- keeps it!
We can give only one clue for 2018: GRTC Pulse

Community Art Experiences
artoberVA enables access to free opportunities for some communities, through a partnership with
Better Housing Coalition (the region’s largest nonprofit community development corp., creating
homes for residents of modest means and empowering them with programs) we identify local areas
underserved by arts and culture, and create specific arts experiences for relevant BHC communities.
These experiences build on community values and enhance opportunities for the surrounding
neighborhood. Three events in 2018:
 October 7 – Claiborne Square senior apartments in Petersburg, will join in Tabernacle Baptist
Family & Friends Day, and enjoy a performance by Ezibu Muntu African Dance & Cultural
 October 26 - Lincoln Mews apartment community in North Richmond, with the largest
concentration of children for BHC, features family-friendly, comedian and ventriloquist Uncle
 October – Randolph Place senior apartment community in Richmond, will be working several
days with Art on Wheels and local artist Kevin Orlosky on an interactive cyanotype project.

This will incorporate objects special to residents to create a combined community work of art to
be shared in their community space.

Capital One Cafe Events
Through our partnership with Capital One, CultureWorks is coordinating arts and culture experiences
at Captial One Cafes during artoberVA.
 Week of October 8 – West Creek Campus– TBD – this is specifically for their associates and
not open to the public.
 October 20 – Short Pump location - Studio Two Three will be working with customers and
families that visit to create an art piece.
 October 27 – Carytown location - 2- 5pm, Dance group Studio Four will be doing 3
performances and conducting a half-hour dance class, that culminates in a performance of the
Thriller dance. Also that afternoon the Byrd Theatre will show the movie “You Got Served.”

How can I learn more or get involved?
Visit – the interactive calendar lets you plan your own experiences and currently
highlights over 900 events just for the month of October alone, and it continues to grow.
Follow on social media: @artoberVA / #artoberVA
Also it’s not late for organization, artists and businesses to get directly involved. Ways to participate
are outlined on the website.

How is artoberVA made possible?
artoberVA is made possible in part due to the support of local generous partners:
Altria Group, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter
Along with Capital One, James River Air Conditioning