Friday, June 26, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Salvador Gonzalez Escalona

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Two Seas Merging” featuring the work of world renowned Cuban artist Salvador González Escalona at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 2 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, July 31, 2015. González Escalona is visiting the Central Virginia region at the invitation of Norfolk State University Office of International Studies.

Mural by Salvador González Escalona on
Callejón de Hamel in Havanna, Cuba
A self taught mixed medium master artist, González Escalona, with the help of campers enrolled in the Great Summer Escape camp at Pine Camp, just completed painting a mural titled “Two Seas Merging”, which symbolizes the cultural diversity of the Afro-Cuban connection. González Escalona will also paint another mural “Together We Stand”, which brings together teen and adult men from the Highland Park and Hotchkiss communities at the Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 East Brookland Park Boulevard, beginning at 5 p.m on Monday, June 29. This project strives to cultivate a stronger community connection between the Ann Hardy and Hotchkiss community centers. Once completed, the final project will be hung at the Ann Hardy Community Center.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a tour please call Shaunn Casselle at 646-6722. For more information about these projects, please call 646-3677.

Monday, June 8, 2015

USDA Summer Meals Begins June 15!

The USDA Summer Meals for Kids program hosted by the City Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities will begin serving summer meals on Monday, June 15 at more than 100 sites. The Summer Meals for Kids program provides children and teens (through the age of 18) nutritious breakfasts and lunches at selected sites during the summer months. These free meals are available by visiting any participating site at meal time. No registration is required.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe,
and Councilmember Chris Hilbert of the 3rd Voter District.

The Summer Meals for Kids program was established by the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure that children had access to healthy meals during the summer months. In the Richmond metro area, the program operates Monday through Friday, June 15 through August 28. 
“The goal of the USDA Summer Meals for Kids program is to ensure that no young person will be hungry this summer as many children may only obtain healthy meals during the school year,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.
For more information, please call (804) 646-5698. A complete list of participating sites can be found at .