#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.
InLight is a public exhibition project that works with light-based are and performance. Organized by the 1708 Gallery, the series has been around since 2008, to celebrate 1708′s 30th anniversary, and to give back to the Richmond community in an artistic way. The event continues to draw crowds, as the one-night-only event has become a seasonal staple for Richmonders. InLight will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 8th this year. Emily Smith, Executive Director for 1708 Gallery, spoke with GayRVA about why this exhibit, and the work her gallery does, helps celebrate #RVAPride.
1. Why are you participating in this campaign?
1708 has a wide audience and many of our audience members and often artists are part of the lgbt community. We appreciate the effort to recognize the Richmond community and to engage with the community as much as possible.
2. Why would you bring a lgbtq friend of family member to the gallery? Where else in Richmond would you bring them?
I would bring them to 1708 because I think for anybody, contemporary art offers opportunities to widen ones perspective. If nothing else, the moral of any art exhibition is to understand that artists have the unique ability to be observant, to ask questions, to be critical and to problem solve. That process of being more engaged and more aware is really rewarding and inspiring. As far as other places…I think any of the river parks are gems of the city. Hollywood cemetery is a great place to walk around. Any of the restaurants in the downtown, Churchill area are fantastic and demonstrate the vibrant, diverse, and creative social scene of Richmond that is really representative of Richmond’s future.
3. Why are you proud to support the lgbt community?
As a gallery, we are open to audiences and want to welcome anyone regardless of gender, race, orientation. That’s always been a marker of any contemporary art space, there’s an openness and acceptance of everyone’s lifestyle. It’s a natural relationship.