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July NIAD Gallery Reception // “Richmond Artists Activate!” Celebration

July 8, 2023, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

July NIAD Gallery Reception // Richmond Artists Activate!


Join us in NIAD’s Galleries to celebrate the spirit of community activism and creative energy of Richmond High School and NIAD Art Center artists! Richmond Artists Activate! centers artists as agents for lasting social change and leaders in the Richmond community.

The centerpiece of this project is the 10 remarkable banners lining 23rd Street – each emblazoned with a detail from the twenty artworks on display in the Richmond Artists Activate! exhibition in NIAD’s gallery – showcasing visual art that’s rooted in the neighborhood.

RAA! truly has activated so many alliances across the cultural landscape of Richmond, with collaboration from Philip Mehas and Winifred Day at the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, Carlos Castro and Isaac Martinez from Richmond Public Works, Diego Garcia of Richmond High School and Leftside Printing, the youth artists, and all the various facilitators and mentors who supported this initiative.

And it wouldn’t be a NIAD celebration without performances! Come for inspiring words from local Richmond leaders, NIAD and youth artists talks, and music and sound from NIAD artists featured in the exhibition Exploring Arts Through Sound in the Annex Gallery.

Also on view, Championship Belt in the Main Gallery, our legendary courtyard fountain, and 23% off all art in the studio!

1pm // Galleries + Studio Sale Open, refreshments served

2pm // Speakers from Richmond Mayor Eduardo’s Office, RAA! youth artists, NIAD artists

2:30pm // Music, Readings, and Performances by NIAD artists

4pm // Gallery closes

ongoing // 23rd Street Banners on view between Barrett and Roosevelt Streets


Richmond High School Artists 
Samantha Flores
Deisy A. Villatoro
Escarleth D. Quevedo
Sally Salvador
Zahira Paz

NIAD Artists
Deatra Colbert
Raven Harper
Carlota Rodriguez
Guadalupe Soto
Jean McElvane
Julio Del Rio
Luis Estrada
Michelle Nonnarath
Jonathan Velazquez
Esmeralda Silva
Evelyn Davis
Mireya Betances
Peter Harris
Alice Sampson
Shawn Sanders

Richmond Artists Activate! was made possible by the RACC 2022-2023 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant Project.



There are no stairs to enter the NIAD Art Center building. The building is one level. The sidewalk has multiple curb cut-outs and is wide enough for a wheelchair. The building does not have automatic doors. Our restrooms are accessible to people using mobility devices. We have gender neutral restrooms.

Please send accessibility requests to gallery@niadart.org