The “Big Heads” of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts) will make appearances at two exciting events on May 11 and May 21.
On May 11, 9 AM – Noon, young artists from William Byrd Community House will show off the Big Heads, or capgrossos, that they made during Art After School at VisArts. The Art After School students will wear their creations as they cheer on participants in The Virginia Home’s 4th Annual Walk & Roll 5k.
VisArts welcomed the residents of The Virginia Home earlier this spring when David Ventura and Neus Hosta, artists from Navata, Spain, lead capgrossos workshops at the VisArts as part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The 5K Walk & Roll supports The Virginia Home’s mission of enriching the lives of adults living with irreversible physical disabilities. Participants will make 2.5 passes around Shields Lake and Swan Lake, beginning and ending in front of The Virginia Home.
On May 21, 5 – 6 PM, the Fan district will be a site for celebration as students representing all nine area Boys and Girls Clubs and our Art After School partners will march the sidewalks for a Big Head parade in honor of VisArts’ 50th Anniversary.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is proud of its ongoing partnerships with organizations in our community like Richmond Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, William Byrd Community House and The Virginia Home. A National Endowment for the Arts Fast-Track Challenge America Grant funded the instruction for and creation of the Big Heads.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is a nonprofit community arts center located in the historic Virginia Dairy, Inc. building in the Fan district at 1812 West Main Street. Founded in 1963 as the Hand Workshop in a home in historic Church Hill where craft artists worked, exhibited and taught neighborhood children to create with their hands. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond now is one of the major arts organizations in Virginia.