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Through the eyes of a teenage volunteer

I had my first experience helping out with Arts in the Alley this April. In a weekend, we painted a large mural in Jackson Ward. Over just 48 hours, a rundown wall in an unkempt spot was turned into a bright and pretty work of art. I showed up late Saturday morning and was immediately […]

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Murals about music!

Our next Arts in the Alley. It’s here. Well, almost. In three days, to be exact! On Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7 we are hosting an Arts in the Alley in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood, together with Venture Richmond, during the annual 2nd Street Festival. We would love for you to join us! […]

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Arts in the Alley from a social work perspective

You may be wondering “What does painting murals have to do with social work?” A lot, actually.  To start broadly, AITA goes into neighborhoods and helps community members and business owners to make improvements to their buildings.  These improvements, whether they be as detailed as a mural or as simple as a fresh coat of […]

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Paint changes things

Paint changes things. It makes dirty buildings prettier. It makes boring walls more interesting. It makes dark places brighter. It makes a group of people who have never met before turn into a well-balanced team. It changes a little girl into a community worker. Little boys, too. It brightens neighborhoods and it brightens hearts. It […]

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A much belated update – and the story of Mia

Time flies… when you’re having fun, or when you’re living life, or both – right?  I just realized I never posted a report on our most recent Arts in the Alley… and we have a brand new project coming up in about three weeks! So, high time for a much-belated report. Starting with a tiny […]

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