RICHMOND Street Art
with Chelsea Higgs-Wise
Race Capitol on WRIR 97.3fm - Richmond Independent Radio
Tune into WRIR as we chat with three crew members from All City Art Club about history, community, and art here in the former capital of the confederacy. Hear how the Richmond Mural Project bringing in Art Whino to paint our walls has hurt our hometown artists. Is this gentrified art?
A VIBE: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE RICHMOND MURAL DEDICATION CELEBRATION ON HULL STREET
By Cheats Movement
#WESEEIT: A Cheats Movement Blog
RICHMOND – This weekend, I made a pit stop to the Richmond Mural Dedication on Hull Street. Hip Hop Henry and Devin Michael were spinning the sounds. Silly Genius and PT Carroll completed the art. The family was out in full force: Cheats Movement, Booze & Grooves, Nighttime Maneuvers, Wax Build Up, Creative Kickback, Race Capitol, Comics and Brews, Ainigriv Adorn, Music Heals, Style and Spirit, Black Minds Matter. #WESEEIT
Property, poverty, and aerosol: Street art’s impact on Richmond
By Lauren Francis
“It’s a ghost town. It’s broad daylight and it looks like a ghost town,” says Silly over a bucking engine. “You slap up a few murals and it looks alive again.” The Ford’s leather seats stick to us, the overcast offering no mercy in Richmond’s late August. Boarded-up homes punctuate a litter of tire shops and churches down Hull Street announce the coming of Christ—apostles available by email between empty lots. Silly Genius, whose given name is Tyrell Sparks, hovers over the steering wheel with a commanding studiousness of the area, uninterrupted by the potholes; he peeks around corners for walls he’s watched for years. “It looks alive and the people feel alive. It might take a little while before the money comes around, but you'll feel better about being here.”
BLACK ARTISTS CREATE THEIR OWN CREATIVE SPACE IN MANCHESTER
by Chelsea Higgs-Wise
Black artists in Richmond are used to facing extraordinary challenges. When 6th District City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson proposed using city funds for public art to balance the budget, a measure that passed by a majority council despite opposition from Mayor Levar Stoney, it shocked Richmond’s white art community. For black artists, it was just another day of being undervalued and silenced.
One of these artists, who goes by the name Silly Genius, said the “lack of support does not feel new.” He links the sprouting of the RVA brand with new challenges to black artists in Richmond; starting with First Friday, which began in Jackson Ward as a civic boost for black residents and businesses owners.
RVA Street Art Festival puts a new shine on the Diamond
by Bill Lohhman
T. Sparks, known as Silly Genius, spray painted a wall during the RVA Street Festival at The Diamond on Sunday. Artists were invited to brighten up some of the grey walls at the ballpark during the three-day festival.