Community Conversations: Richmond Values

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Locations do vary. Please check details for each event location. (map)


The Valentine is pleased to announce the seventh iteration of the Community Conversations series. The purpose of the series is to engage audiences in a dialogue about the region’s past and how that past can positively shape our collective future. The more people that join in the conversation, the more productive our efforts become, and the easier it will be for people to see themselves as part of the history of the region.

This year, we are partnering with the Capital Region Collaborative, as well as Richmond magazine and TMI, to present public discussions about values and community indicators in Richmond. Each Community Conversation features a panel of local experts from organizations that can best represent the given topic and the issues surrounding that topic. Each event begins with an opening slideshow by Director Bill Martin showing images from the Valentine’s collection that reflect the topic. TMI’s Matthew Freeman guides participants through an interactive exercise to explore everyone’s knowledge of the topic and the diversity of the audience. The event concludes with presentations from three panelists and some questions from the audience.

All Community Conversations are free and open to the public.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners!


2016-2017 Schedule


April 4, 2017 (6-8 pm)
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219

What does a Richmond family look like in 2017? Is it the traditional Cleaver family of the 1950’s sitcom “Leave it to Beaver” or today’s Kardashians? It is probably neither. Let’s look at what recent census data tells us about our region and the emergence of non-traditional family structures.


  • Michael Cassidy, President of The Commonwealth Institute - All Different Families
  • E. Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, AGHEF, Co-Lead of the Greater Richmond Age Wave - Living with an Aging Family
  • Leigh Busby, Development Director at Fit4Kids - It Takes A Village

Past Events


November 1, 2016 (6-8 pm)
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219 

The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech, he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from fear


  • Fay Chelmow, President of ImPACT - Human Trafficking in Schools
  • Bob Adams, President of HD Advisors - Land Trusts & Cost-Burdened Households
  • Matt Kellam, Military & Recruitment Programs Coordinator at Dominion Resources Services, Inc. - The Value in Employing Veterans


December 6, 2016 (6-8 pm)
Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, Henrico, VA 23230

Philanthropy (from Greek φιλανθρωπία) means etymologically, the love of humanity, in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing what it means to be human.


  • Reggie Gordon, Founding Member of Ujima Legacy Fund - The Impact of Giving Circles on Philanthropy
  • Emily WatkinsDirector of Strategic Engagement at the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg - Generational Giving & Motivation
  • Vanessa Diamond, Director of Hands On Greater Richmond - The Impact of Volunteerism on Philanthropy


January 3, 2017 (6-8 pm)
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Learn to acknowledge the differences in other people as an expression of the beautiful and rich diversity that we have on this planet.


  • Kelly King Horne, Executive Director of Homeward - Tips on Acceptance
  • Matthew Shapiro, 6wheels Consulting - Accepting Disability as Diversity
  • Charles Dyson, Associate Director of Side by Side - Accepting our LGBT Community

Art & Education

February 7, 2017 (6-8 pm)
Robinson Theater, 2903 Q Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Does Richmond Value the Arts?


  • Lucinda McDermott Piro, Director of Education at Richmond CenterStage – Taking the Arts Out of Public Education
  • Scott Garka, President of CultureWorks – Employment in the Arts
  • Gina Lyles, Program Coordinator for Self-Advocacy Program at Art180 – Arts and Juvenile Justice


March 7, 2017 (6-8 pm)
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219

How can we grow the wealth of the Richmond Region?


  • Brian Koziol, Director of Research and Home Consulting Services - Prosperity and Geography
  • Dr. David Loope, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Reynolds Community College - Career Pathways to Prosperity
  • Leah Fremouw, Assistant Vice President of Community Programs, Virginia Community Capital - Building Prosperity