An innovative resource for engaging and educating, UR Downtown enables all academic departments, offices, and programs of the University of Richmond to connect with the Greater Richmond community. From January through May 2016, 150 University and community-sponsored events were held at UR Downtown. This e-newsletter features UR Downtown program and event highlights from the spring semester, as well as upcoming summer events. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of UR Downtown.
UR Downtown E-NewsletterSummer 2016
Spring 2016 in Review
Tax in Action
Accounting students build connections at UR Downtown’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site (VITA) site.
Greetings from Richmond
Greetings from Richmond, Virginia tells the story of Richmond through the eyes of visitors like Sidney Poitier, Gertrude Stein, and Bruce Springsteen. The exhibition, curated by Nicole Sackley's American Studies Capstone Seminar, runs through the end of the summer at UR Downtown.
Head Downtown Ambassadors
Colleen Egan, '17,and Miriam McBride, '17, lead efforts to connect University students to experiences downtown.
Regina Cavada, '16
San Diego native Regina Cavada, ’16, came to UR to explore the world, and ended up discovering the city of Richmond.
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- From last week's RVAGOV recap: "Monday night’s City Council meeting demonstrated the surge in active citizenship and civic activism taking place in our city and our nation. The scene outside of City Hall was just as vibrant and vocal as the scene within the Council chamber. Citizens rallied in front of the Broad Street entrance of City Hall to protest President Trump’s immigration ban and other immigration policies." Tomorrow night, the RVAGOV team heads to City Hall again for the Richmond School Board meeting.
- Race & Racism at the University of Richmond is an interdisciplinary, community-based project providing online access to archival resources about our history. The project is also starting important conversations in our community, and we're grateful to Victoria Charles, '16, for such an inspiring TAKE 30 discussion today! Check out the project online at memory.richmond.edu.
- University of Richmond alum Victoria Charles, '16, will be leading a TAKE 30 talk in our gallery this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Grab your lunch at Richmond on Broad Café and join us! For more on Victoria's research, check out this wonderful feature from University of Richmond Magazine.
- Packed crowd for today's Lunchtime Theatre! Thanks for the powerful performance, Firehouse Theatre!
- We're grateful to Michael Paul Williams for visiting our gallery and shining a light on the Richmond Justice exhibition - the stories, the portraits, and the great work of Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren!
- Thanks to Joel Bassin at Firehouse Theatre for reminding us that we all need art in our days and to Richmond magazine for the story. Join us for Lunchtime Theatre tomorrow at noon!
- We're also grateful to Richmond Justice and all of the interviewees and guests who made last week's RVA First Fridays opening such a wonderful event. Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren will speak more about the project during a special TAKE 30 talk at UR Downtown on Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. Mark your calendars!
- RVA Trolley will be running tonight during RVA First Fridays! You can stay warm and enjoy the art! And for those of you traveling from campus, the UR Downtown Shuttle departs on the hour from the Tyler Haynes Commons.
- Happy Friday! We hope you'll all join us for the opening of our Richmond Justice exhibition tonight!
- #tbt to last Saturday’s event at The Peter Paul Development Center to celebrate their building expansion! Kim Dean-Anderson, Richmond Families Initiative (RFI) and UR Downtown program director, and Aidan Sullivan, ’15, attended. Aidan first connected with RFI partner The Peter Paul Development Center as a first year.
- Check out this preview of the Richmond Justice Exhibition Opening at University of Richmond Downtown from WCVE! #rvafirstfridays
- This Friday, February 3 from 5–7 p.m come to University of Richmond Downtown for RVA First Fridays opening celebration of "Richmond Justice" in the Wilton Companies Gallery.
- Installation in progress! Hope to see you at the opening of "Richmond Justice: Stories & Portraits" this Friday night, 5-7 p.m., during RVA First Fridays. Thanks to Richmond Digital Color, Inc. for printing the banners and panels.
- The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site will be premiering their new film on the trials and triumphs of Richmond's pioneering banker and civil rights activist on Monday night at The Grace Street Theater. Free admission and conversation to follow! Students, if you haven't been to the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, it's within walking distance of our location, and the UR Downtown Shuttle departs from campus on the hour!
- Check out RVAGOV for a recap of last night's Richmond City Council meeting. RVAGOV is a student-led and student-organized team focused on educating and empowering full participants in Richmond City Government. http://www.rvagov.com/single-post/2017/01/23/City-Council-Recap-January-23-2017
- Thanks to the Modlin Center for the Arts for bringing Balé Folclórico da Bahia to Richmond! What an amazing night at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center!
- Our first Downtown Arts excursion of the semester is this Thursday! We'll be enjoying dinner from Richmond on Broad Café, then walking across the street to Dominion Arts Center for a performance by Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil. This performance is being presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts and features a pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion with co-founder Walson Botelho and University of Richmond professor Dixon Abreu. Don't forget to register! http://downtown.richmond.edu/events/downtownarts.html
- On this Martin Luther King Day, we enjoyed walking tours of historic Jackson Ward with Gary Flowers and were honored to meet Barky Haggins who opened Barky's Record Shop in 1956. Then, white record distributors wouldn't sell him records. Today, it's one of the last remaining record stores in the region.
- There's a free screening of "Race" tomorrow afternoon at the The Byrd Theatre & Foundation, sponsored by HandsOn Greater Richmond, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and the University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. Hope to see you all then!
Upcoming Summer Events
- Richmond School Board ExcursionFeb215:00 PM - 8:00 PMRichmond is a vibrant center for city and state government and public policy. UR Downtown is located just a few blocks... Continue reading
- TAKE 30: Richmond JusticeMar1612:30 PM - 1:00 PMTAKE 30 is a 30-minute lunchtime discussion series at UR Downtown, led by University of Richmond professors and... Continue reading
- Downtown Arts: The End of WarMar165:00 PM - 10:00 PMUR Downtown hosts Downtown Arts gatherings in advance of selected downtown performances for University of Richmond... Continue reading
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