HANNAH AYERS & LANCE WARREN, FIELD STUDIO

With “Richmond Health Equity: Video Portraits,” the documentary filmmaking team will create five two-minute video portraits of individuals and families in Richmond. The portraits, touching on themes of elder care, hunger and homelessness, addiction, and incarceration, will put a human face to issues of health equity. 

LAUREN DESIMONE

“Local Natives” will engage Richmond residents in community conversations about food access through photographic projections of community gardens on vacant store fronts in neighborhoods considered to be food deserts. (The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as an urban neighborhood located more than one mile from a grocery store.)  

FREE EGUNFEMI, ASHLEY HAWKINS & KELLEY LIBBY

“HEALTHY + WEALTHY + WISE” will empower young people to collect our community elders' wisdom about positive health choices, displaying this work via a series of interactive street art installations, enhanced with open-access audio interviews, that beautify Richmond’s urban landscape one neighborhood at a time.

BARRY WILDER O'KEEFE

This project expands on an ongoing series of social sculptures entitled “Open Inbox” with the creation of hand-carved wooden sculptures for two Richmond neighborhoods. The sculptures will serve as functional community message boxes. The design and intricate carving of these boxes will draw on the history and culture of each neighborhood.

KEVIN ORLOSKY & ART ON WHEELS

"With these Hands” will create a series of casts depicting hands that provide a visual representation of the community while drawing comparisons and contrasts between socioeconomic statuses. The project will act as a catalyst for discussions about otherness, challenging assumptions often made about people and groups.

EVA ROCHA

"ReCast" will examine the mental health impact of human trafficking, a problem that plagues many communities along the Interstate 95 corridor, through a series of castings of immigrant women who are victims of this serious crime and human rights violation.

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HAMILTON GLASS

“The Unity Street Project” is working to create a mural in Jackson Ward in collaboration with the Girls for a Change Program. The project will give these young girls a platform for public expression and deepen understanding of racial and social inequities in this region.

ALFONSO PEREZ ACOSTA

“SERE” (I Will Be) will be a series of portraits of Latino immigrants in Richmond, showing them in the way they would like to be in the future. All of the drawings will be incorporated into a multi-media web platform with voice recordings and videos.

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2017 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS