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Richmond’s Summer(s) of Graffiti

Jane Downs was about to start the long drive home back to Philadelphia when she decided to take a little detour. Quickly pulling into a convenience store parking lot at the corner of Grace and Harrison streets, Downs hopped out of her car to snap a picture.

Like many Richmond visitors, she was enthralled by the massive graffiti-art murals created by the Richmond Graffiti Project that can be found throughout the city. In order to get the full, Richmond experience, she decided to give herself a quick, self-guided tour of the best murals she could find.

“Oh, it’s beautiful,” Downs said, speaking of the enormous mural called “Moonshine,” which is a depiction of a women bathing in a jar of strawberries.

After taking a few pictures, Downs left in a hurry to go find another mural before leaving Richmond.

“Moonshine” is just one of the many large-scale graffiti murals that have been created throughout the city in the past two years by the annual Richmond Mural Project, which will begin again this June.

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Experimental Short Film Festival at VCU’s Grace Street Theater

The annual Black Maria Film & Video Festival makes a stop at VCU’s Grace Street Theater on Wednesday, April 2, to showcase experimental short films from up-and-coming directors.

Award-winning films have been selected for this nationwide tour, which is in its 33rd year.

The event will have screenings of 12 selected short films, followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and attendees, said Anderson Gallery Director Ashley Kistler. The films will include a variety of genres produced by filmmakers from various nationalities.

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