The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, a leading partner and advocate for philanthropy and service, and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture revealed a five-year strategic partnership focused on new and expanded community programming.
“The Community Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, which has delivered on its promise to be a vibrant and inclusive museum of the future. With our deep experience and understanding of community issues, we share the museum’s ongoing commitment to sharing compelling stories and engaging new audiences in conversation,” said Scott Blackwell, Community Impact Manager for the Community Foundation.
As active contributors to the health and prosperity of the region, the Community Foundation and VMHC are both committed to redefining what it means to be a history museum or philanthropic institution by using this partnership as an opportunity to leverage on their respective strengths and to create a public forum in which diverse members of the community can come together and examine issues in the context of culture and history.
To launch this exciting and innovative partnership, the Community Foundation will act as the presenting sponsor of VMHC’s Created Equal film series, a series of documentary films exploring diversity and equity-based themes including race, housing , the environment, immigration, etc.
The Created Equal film series was originally created by VMHC in 2013 to honor museum trustee and Virginia civil rights activist Reverend Grady Powell.
“We not only want to tell Virginia’s story, we want to tell the story of Virginians,” said Jamie Bosket, VMHC President and CEO. “Our vision is to spark conversation, promote awareness, and be an institution that reflects all Virginians. By partnering with organizations like the Community Foundation, we will continue to share Virginia’s ever-changing story by shedding light on important issues affecting Virginians across the Commonwealth.
The series of free film screenings allows family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to watch and discuss inspiring stories of individuals who have boldly and creatively confronted social issues – providing a roadmap for more compassionate conversations and insight into how we can work together to address the challenges we face today.
“Together, we hope to draw attention to issues of equity through the inspiring stories of creative, committed, and pioneering Virginians whose experiences can help connect the lessons of our past to the opportunity we have to open up the way to a more equitable future, Blackwell said.”
Guests can expect to leave with greater context for key community issues, inspiration from the people who paved the way for progress, and a connection to each other through a shared commitment to build momentum. Guests will also receive resources that explain how to get locally involved in the issues discussed.
The film series will include:
- August 24 – “Heard”
- October 12 – “These Things Can Be Done: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia”
- December 13 – “Fixing the Walls”
- February 16 – “High/Shaved”
For more information and details on the Created Equal film series, please visit www.virginiahistory.org/calendar.