Celebrate Our Diverse Community This Spring

April 18, 2017 | Culture & Community, Diversity & Inclusion

Spring is a wonderful time to get outside – both outside of your house and outside of your cultural confines.

In the Richmond region, we’re fortunate that the warming weather brings with it a calendar of local opportunities to explore diverse traditions, to contribute to worthy causes, and to get involved in your community.

Here’s a small sample of educational events and resources to welcome the season:

If you feel like traveling up the road to the nation’s capital, you can catch some of the Passport DC events that take place throughout May, which is Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, DC. A presentation of Cultural Tourism DC, the series celebrates the breadth of cultures represented within the city by organizing open houses at over 70 embassies, street festivals, performances, and art exhibits. Check out the calendar of events to find out what parts of the world will be showcased on different dates throughout the month.

April 22 – Richmond is home each year to two observations of Earth Day. Enrichmond invites us to a Day of Service for the maintenance and improvement of our green public spaces at its Richmond Earth Day Celebration. Meanwhile, in Manchester, Style Magazine will once again host its RVA Earth Day street festival featuring music, food, and booths that honor our Mother Earth.

April 23 – Renowned Classical artists will grace the Jackson Ward neighborhood with works by Mozart at the Mozart Festival 2017 in Jackson Ward, presented by Classical RVA as part of its ongoing effort to make Classical music accessible to all in Richmond.

April 28-29The RVA French Food Festival will offer a gastronomical tour of
France, and in the process will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor.

May 5-6 – A dynamic lineup of musicians will join artists, food trucks, and a host of vendors in Chimborazo Park for the RVA East End Festival 2017: The Gift of Arts of Music. Funds raised will help support music education in the Richmond Public Schools of the East End.

May 6 – The Canal Walk will explode with flavors, performances, arts, and crafts that celebrate our region’s varied Latino community at the ¿Que Pasa Festival?, presented by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

May 19The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia will host a Children’s Book Festival, presented by Dominion, at Abner Clay Park.

May 19-21 – Saint Anthony Maronite Church will host its 33rd Annual Lebanese Food Festival, featuring Lebanese fare, dancing, and groceries.

May 20 – The range of tastes, smells, sights, and sounds that hail from Asia will be on display at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the 20th Annual Asian American Celebration, Amazing Asia, offered by the Asian American Society of Central Virginia.

Ongoing Exhibits

When the weather is driving you inside, museums can offer both cultural enrichment and shelter from the elements. Here are some local exhibitions that might grab your interest in the coming weeks:

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is featuring an exhibit, Murray DePillars: Double Vision, through June 3.

The Valentine Museum offers a tour of Richmond’s diverse families with It’s All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016), which runs through June 18, and One Love: LGBT Families, which runs through September 4.

Happy Spring from TMI!