richmond & ______

a discussion series at Gallery5

Gallery5 is hosting a series of public discussions about issues of importance to the city. Each month through June the Gallery will bring together three people doing good work in Richmond to talk in small groups over drinks with our audience about how to get involved in shaping the city. Each discussion will be paired with a small exhibition of historic photos of Richmond, relevant to each topic, curated from the collections of the Valentine. This free event, funded by a generous grant from Virginia Humanities, is also a happy hour, and wraps up just in time for Gallery5’s weekly, free Community Game Night! Mark your calendars and come get hyped about your civic duty!


January 30: Richmond & the Suburbs

This panel discussion will address the development of the suburbs of Metro Richmond, with an explicit focus on redlining, white flight, and the ways racial and economic inequality have been built into the landscape of the city and its surroundings.


Edwin Slipek - Architecture critic, Style Weekly

Brian Cannon - Executive Director, One Virginia 2021

Burt Pinnock, Principal Architect, Baskervill


February 20: Richmond & Black Freedom

This interactive panel discussion, held during Black History Month, features the narratives of enslaved Black freedom fighters in Richmond. Young Gabriel, Madison Washington, Mary Bowser, Lucy Goode Brooks and Christopher McPherson each committed their lives to ending systemic oppression in the capital city during the years of enslavement. As Richmond continues deliberating about the visible legacy of the Lost Cause on Monument Avenue, this conversation will consider the nature of self determination and how we remember Richmond's ancestral Black (s)heroes.


Free Egunfemi - Curator + Founder, Untold RVA

Alicia Diaz - Assistant Professor of Dance, University of Richmond

Christopher Rashad Green, Researcher, VCU's Richmond Health & Wellness Program


March 13: Richmond & Urban Agriculture

This discussion will focus on the current growth of urban agriculture projects in the city of Richmond. Community Gardens, Urban CSA’s, backyard chickens and new Farmer’s Markets are springing up across the city. What impact is this new movement having on the way we eat in Richmond? What obstacles stand in its way?


Duron Chavis - Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Hunter Hopcroft - Special Projects Director, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market

Sally Schwitters - Executive Director, Tricycle Gardens

Omari Al-Qadaffi - Community Organizer, Richmond Food Justice Alliance


April 17: Richmond & Public Art

The public art landscape has changed significantly in Richmond over the past 10 years. Against the backdrop of continued controversy over Confederate monuments, the Public Arts Commission has erected several new pieces of large scale public sculpture, including a new monument to Maggie Lena Walker. The Richmond Mural Project and Richmond Street art festival have transformed the city with hundreds of new murals. This discussion will look at the role of public art in reimagining the identity of the city.


Hamilton Glass - Muralist, public artist

Ashley Kistler -  Vice Chair, Richmond Public Arts Commission

Mickael Broth - Muralist, public artist


May 15: Richmond & Sustainability

In this discussion series we ask three local experts on environmentalism and sustainability to present their recommendations for how Richmonders can take action in their own lives to make life in Richmond more sustainable and healthy for everyone. This event will focus on positive approach focused on actions that can be taken immediately by our audience members, and ways they can get more deeply involved in the fight to save the planet.


Jeremy Hoffman - Climate Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia

Bruno Welsh - Founder, Compost RVA

Kendra Norell - Program Administrator, PASS program, Former Program Manager, Groundwork RVA


June 19: Richmond & Transportation

Public transportation is taking off in Richmond. The Pulse Bus Rapid Transit system has arrived on Broad street. New bike lanes criss-cross the city, and the GRTC has redesigned routes, and expanded its range into surrounding counties. In this discussion we’ll talk about how new projects are impacting the city, and what still needs to change to make Richmond accessible and connected.


Max Hepp-Buchanan - Director, Bike Walk RVA

Ross Catrow - Advocate and Organizer, RVA Rapid Transit

Carrie Pace Rose - Director of Communications, Greater Richmond Transit Company