Monday, March 31, 2014

City to Celebrate Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

On Tuesday, April 1, the City of Richmond will join in celebrating the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The event to be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Carillon in Byrd Park, 1300 Blanton Avenue, will spotlight the impact of volunteerism and thank those who served within the city of Richmond.

More than 1,700 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico will hold public events and use both traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities. This initiative is being led by the federal agency for service and volunteerism, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), along with Cities of Service, the National League of Cities, and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith – President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Jones also participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service last year.

After the 9:30 a.m. event, Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative, AmeriCorps, VISTAS and Senior Corps will join in performing the following service projects around the city.

Service Projects

Locations                                                     Description of Service Projects

The Healing Place                                         Gardening/mulching, exterior painting and fence repair
700 Dinwiddie Avenue
Great Shiplock Park                                     Debris/Clean-up
Pear Street and Dock Street

The Carillon                                                   Pruning and moving small trees
1300 Blanton Avenue                                    
William Byrd Community House                Debris/Clean-up, grass-cutting, mulching
224 South Cherry Street

Project Homes (TBD)                                   Moving boxes from home to pod for home repairs

Mayor Jones launched N2N to engage residents and City employees in volunteerism and to promote a new era of collaborative service as a strategy for City government. N2N projects have included mentoring children in schools, visiting the elderly, as well as providing home repairs for the elderly population, beautification projects throughout the city, supporting various special events, and youth programs to include back-to-school shopping and several others.

If you are interested in volunteering with N2N or for a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit . Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer reservations, including the volunteer location and contact information.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering with N2N, please call (804) 646-6528.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Public Invited to Maggie L. Walker Public Art Meetings

The City’s Public Art Commission invites residents to attend a public meeting to provide input on commemorative public art in Jackson Ward that will honor the life and accomplishments of Maggie L. Walker. The meeting dates will be held as follows with identical material presented at both meetings:

Tuesday, April 1                                                     Saturday, April 5
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.                                                        10 a.m. to noon
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church                      Third Street Bethel AME Church
14 West Duval Street                                             614 North 3rd Street

The Maggie L. Walker Commemoration art project is administered by the City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission and funded through the city’s Percent-for-Art Program. There will be two rounds of public meetings to formally gain input from the public on the Maggie L. Walker Commemoration. The first round will have two public meetings presenting identical content on different dates and times to ensure interested parties can attend. During the first round of meetings on April 1 and April 5, the public will hear from speakers presenting the project process, a summary of Maggie L. Walker’s life, and an overview of public art; and the public will be asked to provide input on the general themes they wish the Maggie L. Walker Commemoration to evoke. During the second round of meetings that will be held in the summer, the artist selected by the Maggie L. Walker site selection team will be presented to the public.

Click here for a scope of the project. Click here for the public meeting flyer.

For more information, please visit Public Art Commission or contact Matthew Ebinger, Public Art Commission Secretary at, (804) 646-6308. RVA Public Arts Commission facebook page

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

City’s Office of Emergency Management to Hold April CERT Training

On Saturday, April 12, the City’s Office of Emergency Management will begin the next session of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes.

In the aftermath of a disaster when people feel compelled to help their community and neighbors, the skills that the CERT program teaches become invaluable. The City’s Office of Emergency Management maintains a robust CERT program, which has many active members that assist during non-emergency events. The CERT training program is designed to educate people about disaster preparedness and hazards that may impact their area. The program trains participants in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Class Dates: April 12, 19 and 26 (All Saturdays)

Time:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:        Richmond Ambulance Authority
                        2400 Hermitage Road

Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 4, 2014

To register for the upcoming CERT Training class, call (804) 646-2504 or visit You can also download the registration form at

If you are unable to participate in the April training classes but still want to join the Richmond CERT team, there will be another class offering in August.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Than $10,000 Awarded Through the Richmond Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program

The City of Richmond and partner CultureWorks are pleased to announce the second cycle of grant awards, for the January 2014 cycle, made through the Richmond Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program.

For Capital Improvements

ART 180, $2,500
New signage to help increase ART180’s visibility at 114 W. Marshall Street.

RVA First Fridays with Downtown Neighborhood Association, $2,010
 Upgrades to a new office for the organizations at 417 W. Broad Street.

Studio/Gallery 6, $2,500
Upgrades to exhibition and gallery space at 6 E. Broad Street.
For Project Support

CenterStage Foundation, $1,000
Support of the free Genworth Lights Up! Youth Open House on March 22, 2014.

The People’s Library, $1,000
Support of The People’s Library Project located at the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street.

RVA Dance Collective, $1,000
Support of free community workshops in July and August at Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Street.

The Micro Grant Program is one of several recent City initiatives targeted to the Broad Street Arts and Cultural District. The purpose of the program is to increase the activity and vibrancy of the Arts and Cultural District through the combined effect of several, small grant funded projects and improvements. Two categories of grants are available: project support and capital improvements. Project support grants of up to $1,000 are designed to help fund special events, installations or activities presented within the boundaries of the District. Projects can be of any medium or cultural discipline and must have a component that is free and open to the general public. Capital improvements grants of up to $2,500 are available to fund items that can substantially increase an entity’s ability to host arts and cultural related activities for the general public. 

The next application deadline is April 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. Applications for the Micro Grant program are accepted on an ongoing quarterly basis. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-May.

Grants are available to individuals, businesses or organizations in the Arts and Cultural District.  Entities located outside of the district should partner with a lead organization located within the Arts and Cultural District. Applicants are not required to be a nonprofit.

To download the grant criteria and application please visit

To learn more about the programs, incentives, and financing resources available to entities located in the Arts and Cultural District go to

Monday, March 10, 2014

City of Richmond and Sports Backers Announce 2nd Annual RVA Streets Alive!

The City of Richmond and Sports Backers invite residents and media to attend a press conference to announce new details for the second annual RVA Streets Alive! scheduled for Saturday, June 21. RVA Streets Alive! is an open streets festival, which closes roads to automobile traffic to allow residents and visitors to use these streets to be active through running, walking, biking and many other physical activities. The Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign, the Richmond City Health District, and the Sports Backers are partnering to host this event.

WHO:                   Dwight C. Jones, Mayor

                                Charles Samuels, Richmond City Council President, 2nd District

                                Jon Lugbill, Sports Backers, Executive Director

                                Dr. Donald Stern, Richmond City Health District, Director

 WHAT:                 Announcement about the 2nd annual RVA Streets Alive! festival in the city of Richmond

 WHEN:                 Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:               Abner Clay Park (Gazebo area in park)

                                Intersection of Brook Road and Leigh Street