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Artsline - Social Distance Edition

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." ~Stella Adler

Missing the RVA arts scene?  There's good news - our local arts and culture community is finding creative solutions for overcoming social distance challenges.  Here are some great options to stay connected this week and get your arts fix safely from home.  

If you are an arts or culture organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here.  If you are an artist, or an arts or culture organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.

  1. 1.  Legends at Home

  2. Music/Theatre
  3. Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays - noon and 7pm

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance brings local performing artists, like Susan Greenbaum above, right to your computer, for free, streaming performances.  While the RPAA provides these concerts free to the public, artists are paid through generous support of sponsors. 

  1. 2.  Anne Frank: A Six-Part Digital Series and Reflection on Isolation

Thursdays through April

The Whistlestop Theatre Company in Ashland launched their first ever digital series. This six part event brings to life selected diary entries by Anne Frank, reflecting on themes of isolation, confusion and hope.

  1. 3.  Oakwood Arts Activity Kits

Visual Arts

In collaboration with the Richmond Public Schools, Oakwood Arts is assembling art activity kitsto give to students at local RPS food distribution sites. Each kit will include two weeks' of art supplies and K-5 and teen activity prompts designed to help students stay engaged with the RPS curriculum. Want to help?  Donate art supplies for the kits - go here to learn more.

  1. 4.  Secret Stage Concerts

Wednesdays - Saturdays, 7pm

The Beacon Theatre presents their Secret Stage live stream concerts to benefit Richmond/Tri-Cities musicians and employees at the Beacon affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. You can also view them on Facebook Live.

  1. 5.  Facebook Live Ranger Chat: “Maggie Walker’s Richmond”

April 22, 1pm

The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and Richmond National Battlefield Park present a “virtual tour” of sites around Richmond that have a significant connection to Maggie Walker’s life. “Stops” include the site of her birth, church, office building, and bank.  Plus, their website offers a 360 degree tourof Maggie Walker’s house in Jackson Ward.

  1. 6.  The Damsel: A Visual Album Collaboration
    Visual Art
    Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning April 22

  2. Thirteen Virginia-based artists have joined together to launch this digital exhibit inspired by the newly released album, The Damsel by Erin Lunsford. Each artist will select a favorite a track and create a piece of art based on their interpretation of the song. Then, starting April 22, new works will be released on Instagram every Wednesday and Friday.

  3. 7.   Richmond Stories from Richmond Kids


In the coming weeks, The Valentine museum is gathering Richmond kids’ stories about how life changed in Spring, 2020. Send your stories, journals, drawings, and pictures so they can share the story of what life was like for students in Richmond during this period.  Writing prompts included.

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