Now is a really good time to go out and see Richmond’s open air murals. You can do it on your own or check out some of the documented guides that give background about the artists, places and histories. The Valentine Museum offers FREE self-guided city tours. the museum’s Jackson Ward – Self-Guided Murals Walking Tour homes in on one walkable neighborhood’s history and the art on public walls that tell its history.
Springtime temperatures make now a good time to view Richmond’s many FREE, outdoor murals, including this boisterous image of Vermont U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at 3300 W. Broad Street by Mickael Broth. (The image of Bernie from the Biden inauguration is doctored in by the FREE Put Bernie Anywhere app.) Pay homage to the man who advocates for policies that address systematic racism and exploitation.
It seems like these lively and often colorful images are constantly going up adding an exciting hue and message to the landscape, like the city’s latest mural “Brown Ballerinas For Change” 23′ x 14′ on historic brick in the FAN District of Richmond, Virginia located on the corner of Granby and Main, across from Goatocado restaurant and just down the street from the Visual Arts Center.
The bright pop of colors on Richmond’s brick, wood and cement walls are a collection of eye catching images that entertain and inform. It is possible to take in these images by foot, bike or car. There are numerous murals on Cary and Main Streets as a result of past Richmond Mural Projects. But the images project beyond the west side of the city.
If you love murals, keep your eye on and even volunteer with the Mending Walls RVA project, a public art project that brings together public artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are now in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration.
Before you go on an excursion to see murals around Richmond, read up on these sources of documentation to get an understanding of the locations, artists and messages.
Before you go to view Richmond’s FREE, outdoor murals
- Check out The Richmond Mural Project webpage, a yearly event that occurred from 2012-2016 with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world renown talent. Art from these efforts adorned walls in Church Hill, Shockoe, Downtown, Monroe Ward, Oregon Hill, The Fan, Jackson Ward, Museum District, Carytown, Northside and Southside.
- Visit the locations of the new Mending Walls murals
- Scroll through, George Hastings’ Wall Murals of Richmond Facebook album with updated images and location information available.
- To view murals strategically, view a map a Richmonder created a number of years ago.
- Another great way to keep an eye on upcoming public artwork and opportunities to help with the creation is to follow local muralists who participated in the Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, like Hamilton Glass, Ed Trask, Wing Chow, Noah Scalin, Toobz Muir, Amelia Blair Langford, Chris Milk Hulburt, Nico Cathcart, and Austin Miles.
- If you are interested in learning even more Muralist Mickael Broth is the author of the coffee table book Murals of Richmond.
If you are feeling inspired to create mural art, consider taking a class at the Visual Arts Center.
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