Join the Valentine and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) for a walking tour of Jackson Ward and visit to the VMFA special exhibition, Whitfield Lovell: Passages. During this program, teachers will gain an understanding of Richmond’s historic Black neighborhood and how it inspired one of Lovell’s most major installations to date, Visitation: The Richmond Project.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. (325 N. 2nd Street), teachers will explore the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood’s murals and history of the community once referred to as the “Harlem of the South” and the “Black Wall Street.” Following the tour, participants are invited to enjoy complimentary lunch in VMFA’s Best Café. At 1pm the group will be able to view Whitfield Lovell: Passages, which features a profound homage to Jackson Ward and explores the concepts of community, identity and history and how they can be intrinsically linked.
Following their experience, teachers can also visit the exhibition, Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village, which examines the artist’s early years in Richmond and Hampton, Virginia through the founding of his community arts practice in New York.
Vouchers for lunch at VMFA will be provided, however teachers are asked to use their own transportation to Jackson Ward and the VMFA. This program is free and participants will receive a Valentine Membership and Certificate of Professional Development Hours upon completion.
Advanced registration is required, and space is limited.