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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The early onset of beautiful, warm weather in Richmond this year has many dusting off their recreation equipment and heading outdoors. This is the perfect time to start making your plans to participate in Dominion Riverrock premier outdoor lifestyle festival May 18-20!
Featuring outdoor sports including running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding and dog jumping; there is something at the festival for every athlete and sports enthusiast! The event was created to promote Richmond’s unique outdoor features including its very own whitewater rapids!
The three-day event will occur on the grounds of Brown’s Island and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The excitement begins on Friday, May 18 with performances by The Root Downs and The Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams, and the 5k Mud Run and Freestyle Bike competitions. The fun continues on Saturday with high-adrenaline activities in and around the river – like the James River Scramble 10k trail run, mountain biking, kayaking and Ultimate Air Dogs, which features canines competing for distance, diving from a dock into a 25 foot pool. GALACTIC and JJ Grey & Mofro take the stage Saturday evening. Sunday events include stand-up paddleboarding, a mountain bike race and the finals of many events. Music sets the events in motion all day long with performances by local groups like Farm Vegas and Beast Wellington. For more information and to register for events, please visit www.dominionriverrock.com.
Make reservations now at one of our premium Historic Richmond Inns so you don’t miss this unrivaled event. Between daring adventures outdoors you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, gourmet breakfasts and southern hospitality in a classic B&B setting. You’ll have everything there is to enjoy about Richmond at your fingertips. Don’t wait as rooms book quickly during these popular events! Reserve your suite today!
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