#RVAPride: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Photograph of David Byrne taken by Annie Leibovotz
#RVA Pride is what keeps us in Richmond. #RVAPride is what we love and do in the city. #RVAPride is businesses, people, place, and things that support the LGBT community here in Richmond. #RVAPride is a campaign to help bring LGBT people to Richmond. Get in on the fun, use #RVAPride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and help grow this city into the space we want it to be.
Nothing wows a visitor to Richmond like the amazing collection of modern and classic art on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the heart of the Fan, the VMFA is the perfect place to bring a friend, a date, or a guest in town for Pride season! With collections that span centuries, in addition to pieces that show Virginia’s own history, the VMFA is both educational and entertaining.
And don’t forget to pick up some of the best coffee in town at the Best Cafe, or enjoy a glass of wine and some classy fine-dinning eats in the 3rd floor Amuse Restaurant. Bob Tarren, Marketing director at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, took some time out of his busy day to speak with us about why he has #RVAPride.
1. Why are you participating in this campaign?
Because I think that audience is relevant to my business.
Greene Street, an oil on canvas by Beauford Delaney
2. What does RVA Pride mean to you?
T-It means recognizing the ability, relevancy and vibrancy of a community that lives here in Richmond. A community that might want to come to Richmond. A community feeling comfortable in Richmond is good for tourism, good for business and good for the social vibe.
3. Why would you bring a LGBT friend/family member to your establishment?
I am participating in an opportunity to talk to an audience that I find important, much like I find the Latino population important or the African-American population important. We are very broad. Meaning the museum is for everybody and anybody. We are working to improve our relationships in certain audience groups.
We’re open for everybody. VMFA is a cool place to hang out and to view world class art. Remember, “It’s Your Art.”
Willem van Heythuysen, oil on canvas and enamel by Kehinde Wiley
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.
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