‘Histories and Stories’: Perkinson Center co-hosts African-American art exhibition

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In recognition of Black History Month, the Alliance of Black American Artists of Richmond and the Perkinson Center for Arts and Entertainment will host the exhibition “Stories and Narratives: A Special Province”. The exhibition, now on display at the Baxter and Elaine Perkinson Jr. Art Gallery, features 13 award-winning artists who have come together to create distinguished, culture-based art forms that uniquely link their African heritage to their American experiences. The exhibition includes a variety of media, including paintings, woodcuts, collages, prints, soft sculptures and quilts. This exhibition demonstrates the importance and development of music, literature, theater, dance, and African-American cultural aesthetics through visual art forms designed by local creators. BAAAR defines African American art as art that aesthetically encompasses values, visually articulates circumstances, and culturally celebrates beliefs that have directed the shared cultural development of Black Americans. The exhibition is open to the public during normal gallery hours and by appointment until April 2.

Government

The country’s three main rating agencies recently confirmed Chesterfield County bond AAA rating, cementing Chesterfield’s position among a small group of peers capable of exceptional budget management. Only about 1% of counties in the country currently hold AAA credit ratings from each of three agencies: Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. After first receiving it in 1989 and again in 1992, the county has earned a AAA rating every year since 1997 due to its robust and diverse economy, record of fiscal conservatism, and strong fiscal management. The AAA rating ensures Chesterfield County can borrow funds for community capital and infrastructure needs at the lowest interest rates available. The ratings review process also provides residents and businesses with a thorough and independent assessment of the county’s management and financial practices.

COURTESY OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia, has named Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department Community Partner of the Year. Chesterfield County provides accessible facilities for 11 athletic programs, and department staff have introduced kayaking and archery to people of all ages and abilities. Sportable serves more than 400 athletes each year through competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs. Additionally, the county celebrates Therapeutic Recreation Month throughout February. For more information visit chesterfield.gov/1020/therapeutic-recreation

the Club SPIN 4-H offers a Young Entrepreneur Boot Camp to help students in grades 4-12 learn to become entrepreneurs. Training camp will be held at the Chesterfield County Extension office at 9501 Lori Road on Saturdays March 5, 12 and 19 from 2-4 p.m. Interested young people must have a business idea they would like to start or already in operation. Participants will learn research, marketing, branding, and sales pitch. The boot camp will culminate in a 4-H-style “Shark Tank” where the top three presenters will earn start-up capital to incorporate into their business, as well as preferential consideration as a young vendor with the Chesterfield Farmers Market. . All participants will have the opportunity to apply as a youth vendor at Chesterfield Farmers Market, if interested. Students should be creative and eager to learn. The cost is $20 and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Christine Allen at [email protected]

Community

Andre Farag, a senior at Thomas Dale High School, was named a 2022 Virginia 4-H Youth in Action recipient of the award for outstanding contributions to civic engagement. Each winner receives a $500 mini-grant to develop an important community project, a full scholarship to attend the 2022 State 4-H Convention held on the Virginia Tech campus in June, and an official reference letter from the Virginia State 4-H. Program manager. Andrea will now serve as a Virginia 4-H youth spokesperson in her area of ​​civic engagement, represent Virginia 4-H at the National Summit for Civic Engagement, and receive support to apply for National 4-H Awards from Virginia. young people in action of 2023. . As a spokesperson, Andrea will have the opportunity to share how 4-H has changed her life and how she has used the skills she learned in 4-H to change the lives of others.

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