RMSI and NIAD partner on ‘Heart & Soul of Richmond Art Project’

RMSI and NIAD partner on ‘Heart & Soul of Richmond Art Project’
Community Green Space in downtown Richmond (Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue).

By Kathy Chouteau

Two Richmond nonprofits—Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) and NIAD art Center—are teaming up for the “Heart & Soul of Richmond Art Project” Sat., April 1 in Richmond.

The two-part art unveiling will kick off at 11 a.m. outdoors at The Community Green Space Garden, where RMSI has recently made some upgrades. The park is located at the corner of Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue in downtown Richmond. 

Part two of Saturday’s art project unveiling will shift over to NIAD Art Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., where its windows will display works from the public art collaboration and other exhibitions will be on view in its galleries—including “a clearing,” by Mel Prest and Danny Thach’s “Best Buddies.” Refreshments will be available for visitors and the art center is located at 551 23rd St. in Richmond.

“We look forward to sharing this special day with our Richmond community,” said RMSI Executive Director Andrea Portillo-Knowles in a correspondence.

The Heart & Soul of Richmond Art Project has been funded by a Love Your Block Mini-Grant from the City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department, according to NIAD.

While RMSI works to revitalize historic downtown Richmond, NIAD helps people with disabilities express themselves, be independent and earn income as artists.