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Brown Girls Narratives Painting Event


We’re calling all Street Art Lovers!!! Take part in the BROWN GIRLS NARRATIVES mural painting this Sat. October 5th, 8am-12noon, 1125 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224. This event is organized by Kristal Lyn Brown, a Weaver in our Narrative Change Collaborative.

The BROWN GIRLS NARRATIVES highlights the lived experiences of being a Black woman through conversations, discussion, and art. The purpose of the project is to give women a voice to express their experiences as a Black woman and how that experience is impacted by racism. Racism is a stressor that Black women have dealt with for 400 years and it has impacted the lives of Black women both mentally and physically. Although racism is intertwined in all facets of American culture, and the likelihood of that changing is slim to none, our goal is to provide healthy coping strategies for Black women. In addition, our goal is to bring the community together to have those hard conversations through visual art in order to start to heal, cope, and continue to grow. BROWN GIRLS NARRATIVES include painting a mural that reflects Brown Girls and their experiences, a paint and sip, a traveling discussion group, and a coffee table book.

Come be a part of the narrative on October 5, 2019 by helping paint the mural. Here is the signup link:

All are welcome to come paint and no experience is needed. Follow @blackwomencache and stay tuned dates/times for the other projects related to the Brown Girls Narratives.

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3:00 PM15:00

Call & Response


We invite you to join us for our third Call & Response event on Saturday, September 21st from 3-7pm at Sacred Heart Center (SHC) located at 1420 McDonough Street. Call & Response is a conversation series that rotates to different neighborhoods in Richmond, VA and allows different communities to come together, learn and connect by sharing individual and communal pathways towards healing, equity and justice.

We are happy to continue a partnership with Sacred Heart Center that began in earnest with a collaboration during “Something’s in the Water,” our January 2019 creative event for National Day of Racial Healing. SHC is the leading organization in Central Virginia providing multifaceted programs, services and support systems for intergenerational Latinx communities. Alfonso Perez Acosta, Art Program Director at Sacred Heart, will lead this Call & Response that explores how we build and sustain a “third space” between Spanish and English speaking communities using visual art as a form of expressive facilitation and dialogue. Alfonso will be joined by Silly Genius, a Weaver in our Narrative Change Collaborative, who is also founder of All City Art Club, a visual art collective working to create historic murals that narrate the experiences of Richmond’s Southside communities.

This is an inclusive space that is open to the public and particularly to youth and families. Through participatory exercises, we will create drawings, murals, and other kinds of visual art within indoor and outdoor spaces at SHC that interrogate how we identify ourselves, define notions of history and community, and chart pathways towards individual and collective healing. The artwork created will be displayed at Sacred Heart Center and can also be taken home as tangible mementos of how we can develop trust across social divides that threaten to separate us and diminish our common humanity.

We will also have food, music as well as loads of great conversation. Join us and bring your community folk to take part in this exciting event!


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6:30 PM18:30

Food for Thought: Dinner with dr. taj anwar baoll

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Initiatives of Change USA is partnering with Beautiful RVA, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Birth in Color RVA on “Food for Thought: The Intersections of Birth & Food Justice”, a dinner and discussion with dr. taj anwar baoll. This event explores the inter-weavings of different sectors of social justice work and how multidimensional approaches are needed to undo unjust and inequitable systems.

According to Duron Chavis, urban farm activist and organizer of this event, “The work we do to cultivate communities around the right to access healthy, fresh and affordable food intersects with the need for regenerative community greenspace. Achieving racial equity requires us to consider how our work overlaps and how we can achieve multi-layered impacts that can overwhelm the multi-layered oppressions that marginalized communities experience every day.”

dr. taj anwar baoll has contributed over two decades of activism in Atlanta to creating thriving food practices and birth justice work for disenfranchised communities of color. This event intentionally takes place at a historic cultural institution in Richmond - Croaker’s Spot - where we will explore with dr. taj on how the greater Richmond region can expand our perspectives and collaborations to transform social justice practices within and across differing communities.

Please note that this event is sold out.

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6:00 PM18:00

Call & Response: A Conversation Series

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This March, Initiatives of Change USA launches

a new conversation series entitled


This discussion series ripples from “Something’s in the Water”, IofC’s 2-day creative event held in January on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (21st) and National Day of Racial Healing (22nd) at Studio Two Three - a collaboration with more than 30 innovators in the sectors of arts, nonprofit, and business. Through art installations, conversations, live music, workshops and performances, “Something’s in the Water” explored 400 years of Virginia’s racial history beginning in 1619, the earliest recorded arrival of enslaved African persons to Jamestown and what would eventually become the United States. Together, artists, organizers and participants meditated on what work had been accomplished and what remains to be done to dismantle systems of racism and oppression.

Over the last month, Virginia’s leadership took the world stage for all the wrong reasons. This has unearthed entangled legacies of racial and sexual violence that are sparking private and public discussions about honesty, reconciliation, white privilege, marginalized community rights, and people-centered justice. It is clear that more public space is needed for communities - who may not be in regular contact with one another - to come together, unload, listen, learn and build toward sincere connections.

In what ways do we keep breaking down and how can we keep building up?

CALL & RESPONSE is that frequency - a vibration of intimate interaction that grows between people. We are meeting at the intersections of who we are - at the margins of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, language, geography, ability, and more.

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This is an intimate, open and expressive space where members of different communities (in Richmond and beyond) are welcome to come, share, and connect freely with one another to link paths towards greater healing, equity & justice. There will be facilitators in the house - experts in restorative justice, mental wellness, conflict transformation, and trauma healing - to help process this communal journey of histories, emotions, and perspectives. Since art is a critical part of healing, we will feature an Open Mic segment at the end of the session for artists, musicians, spoken word artists and writers to share.

This is a conversation series that will take place once a quarter, rotating to neighborhoods across Richmond. Our first session will take place at Spacebomb Studios (106 S. Robinson Street) on Saturday, March 9th from 6 - 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm and refreshments will be served. Parking is available in front of and behind Spacebomb and there are additional spaces on the street.

CALL & RESPONSE will also be an IofC USA podcast and webinar series connecting communities internationally (stay tuned for more information and email us at if you would like to take part)!

We are grateful to SPACEBOMB for the provision of space for this event to take place.

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6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Dr. Wes Bellamy

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We cordially invite you to "An Evening with Dr. Wes Bellamy" at The Valentine Museum on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 6-8pm. Dr. Bellamy, a civil rights activist, professor, author and the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council, will discuss his memoir, "Monumental: It was Never about a Statue" with Allan-Charles Chipman, Faith Rooted Organizer & Transformation Strategist at IofC USA.

This Q&A will unearth the journey of a city - before Charlottesville became #Charlottesville - in August 2017. What does it take to transform habits of systemic racism into cultures of flourishing equity and justice? How does today's civil rights leadership echo and sustain historic traditions of Black radical activism?

Join us for this powerful discussion and a book signing with Dr. Wes Bellamy.

This event is part of The Valentine’s latest exhibition, entitled Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion. The Storefront for Community Design and the mObstudiO at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts  invited teams of planners, architects, designers, artists and individuals to participate in a national design competition to conceptually reimagine Monument Avenue and contribute to this important dialogue about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art. An exhibition of competition entries opened at the Valentine on February 14, 2019.

Visit for details.

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