Next week, people around Virginia will celebrate Earth Day with service projects and educational events. Year round, environmental solutions have sparked creative businesses around Richmond. Three of them are run by women who have merged sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Hundreds of years before the invention of photography, artists made etchings to create multiple images with great accuracy. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is showcasing one of these artists whose skillful use of the medium allowed him to vividly convey life four centuries ago.
Two local theater companies have opened Richmond’s first Women’s Theatre festival celebrating stories of empowered female protagonists. TheatreLAB and 5th Wall Theatre present four rotating productions that celebrate the diversity and power of stories told by female voices.
Nearly 80 percent of children in families who make less than $50,000 a year have little or no swimming skills. In Central Virginia, groups are working to change those statistics and address the lasting disparities caused by segregation.
As the City of Richmond continues to confront social and economic disparities, an increasing number of people are talking about equity, especially in the East End where poverty rates in some census tracts range from 30-70%. But what does equity mean and how does it translate into action or policies?