Runners, walkers and visitors to the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K this weekend will enjoy something unique in addition to the sea of enthusiastic athletes. Art 180 presents “What Do You Stand For” in the median between Mulberry and Allen until Thursday, May 3. The exhibition includes 31 larger than life sculptures, 25 of which 8-foot-tall self-portraits by Richmond middle school children through a summer program held by Art 180 which brings arts education to kids in challenging situations.
The children were asked to paint what they stand for, and the results are both creative and courageous. The exhibition was unveiled in October 2011 and is traveling throughout Richmond promoting the dreams and inspirations of economically and socially disadvantaged students. The portraits tackle issues of identity, self-confidence and even bullying through non-literal images that the children selected themselves.
The giant self-portraits will cheer on the participants of the annual Monument Avenue 10K and will act as ambassadors to the throngs of expected spectators. If you can’t make it to the 10K, plan an April visit and enjoy a walk down Historic Monument Avenue while soaking in the beautiful weather and rich history of one of Richmond’s most culturally significant neighborhoods.
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