A thriving arts and culture scene, like the one here in the Richmond region, is a key to a thriving business community. And many in our business community recognize this and support our arts and culture in a variety of ways.
I see it in the generous financial support of CultureWorks, and any number of arts and culture organizations and events around the region. Be sure to thank those organizations for their support.
I also see it in more visible, tangible ways throughout our community.For example, I recently visited Chesapeake Bank’s branch on Patterson Avenue. They showed me some wonderful murals by Emily Herr (a CultureWorks grant recipient) on their walls. When they were building the relatively new branch, Chesapeake hired Emily to paint these murals for the construction fence to make the construction site more appealing for the community.
After construction these murals became part of the branch. Chesapeake is also hoping to partner with the City and with CultureWorks to use art to help revitalize a local park in their neighborhood.Further west, Capital One recently hired muralist Hamilton Glass to add to the vibe of their new style of banking at their first Richmond-area Capital One Cafe in Short Pump Town Center.
Capital One is aiming to create a space where people want to come together and stay a while, sipping on coffee, playing a game, and taking in some local art.
Downtown, I recently had a meeting at law firm Troutman Sanders, one of our generous CultureWorks supporters. Their halls were lined with wonderful art adding to an already incredible view of the James River.Lastly, I had the pleasure of enjoying a listening session in Shockoe Bottom at In Your Ear Studio this week. The studio owner brings together local businesses to hear local musicians, connecting the business leaders with local artists. This week we heard what was loosely described as Indonesian street music by local group Rumput with food sponsored by Capital Ale House and their downtown music venue.
These are just a few examples I’ve seen in the past week.
What arts and culture have you seen in our local businesses?
Post them to our Facebook page (CultureWorks Richmond) and give a shout out to the businesses supporting arts and culture in our region!
-Scott Garka, President