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Summer 2017

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. Though not the full story of UR Downtown’s contributions to learning and community engagement, here are a few highlights from the 2016-17 academic year.

  • 348 University and community-sponsored events with 10,227 attendees
  • 60 events hosted by UR Downtown with 2,016 attendees
  • 420 returns filed by UR Downtown’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, in partnership with United Way’s metroCASH program, supported by 78 Robins School of Business and 1 Arts & Sciences student volunteers through classes and 2 Bonner Scholars, returning $321K in total refunds and $104K in Earned Income Tax Credits
  • 10 UR Downtown student coordinators served at 7 downtown partner sites
  • 603 individuals rode the UR Downtown Shuttle to experience RVA First Fridays
  • 4 Law Over Lunch programs hosted by the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service for approximately 250 attendees
Highlights from 2016-17
Partners in the Arts’ 2016 Joan Oates Institute welcomed 40 teachers from across the Richmond region.
UR Downtown and RVAGOV hosted four excursions to Richmond City Council and School Board meetings in 2016-17.
Student coordinator Johnnette Johnson, ’20, worked at the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and met Governor McAuliffe during their fall meeting.

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Photos from @urdowntown

Great night to visit a #richmondschoolboard meeting!
We love learning about the history of downtown Richmond and want to share it with you!
#Repost @friendsofeastend with @get_repost
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Every year, UR Downtown partners with United Way and the Metrocash coalition to provide free tax preparation for low and moderate income individuals and families.
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Happy, smiling #URichmond faces at @rvafirstfridays ❤️🕷💙
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#rvafirstfridays #spidersinthecity #downtownrva #wiltoncompaniesgallery
We’re currently hanging @fionadonagheyross’s brilliant ‘Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern’ series in preparation for First Friday’s opening of ‘Interplay,’ featuring the work of Richmond artist and instructor Fiona Ross and recent alum Rosie Compton.
#rvaarts #rva #firstfridays #spidersdowntown #visitrva #fionaross #painting #inkpainting #contemporaryart #rvaartist 
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What an INCREDIBLE Friday afternoon we had exploring historic Jackson Ward with @natgeo writer Don Belt and @sirjamesthornhill reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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#mlk2018 #belovedcommunity #jacksonward #unitystreetproject #slowjournalism #slowjourney #maggiewalker #historicjacksonward #maggielwalker #mural #murals #rvahistory #downtownrva
“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community.

Today we honor Martin Luther King.
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#mlk #mlk2018 #belovedcommunity #jacksonward #slowjournalism
What a fantastic city we live in!
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#visitrva #richmondmatters #richmond #downtownrichmond #grandillumination
Bonner Scholar Free Henderson, ‘19, one of our amazing UR Downtown Student Coordinators, was back at her partner site this morning!
We love our downtown community and were honored to meet Saadia Farajian - owner of @saadiasjuicebox - yesterday.
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#downtownrva #wellness #yoga #visitrichmond #historicjacksonward #jacksonward
#Repost @1708gallery (@get_repost)
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1708 Gallery is seeking spring 2018 interns!