Downtown Arts

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Downtown Richmond is home to a rich heritage and an abundance of public artworks. Richmond Main Street partners with local artists, the City of Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, and others to promote the arts in Downtown through our Art In Windows program and special events.

Art In Windows

Art In Windows brings together artists, merchants, property owners, residents, City departments, and community organizations to transform Downtown storefronts into living, breathing art spaces that celebrate the rich legacy and history of Richmond, and explore the relationship between art and community development. 

Our 2019 Art In Windows program, titled Art Through Transition, explored the intersection of social justice and community development through art. The Summer show featured works by Luis Estrada, whose dynamic paintings and drawings are peppered with meteorological symbols and diagrams representing weather, trains, time, and professional wrestling. The show was included in the East Bay Express Fall Arts Guide 2019-2020. Generous support was provided by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant program, and NIAD Art Center.

Our 2019 Art In Windows program, titled Art Through Transition, explored the intersection of social justice and community development through art. The Spring show featured four artists from The Art of Living Black 2019 exhibition: Elmarise Owens, Stephen Bruce, Malik Seneferu, and Angela Douglas. The opening reception featured an engaging and thoughtful conversation about the role of artists and the arts in neighborhood revitalization efforts. This show reingnited a valuable partnership with The Art of Living Black and successfully connected two artists with a new patron. Generous support was provided by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant program, and Stephen Bruce.

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Self-Guided Art Walks

Downtown Richmond is bursting with great public art displays. We’ve put together a virtual art walk slideshow and a self-guided art walk map so residents and visitors alike can explore Downtown and discover all the great art in the district. New pieces are created frequently and there are many more than we could fit on the map. We welcome you to come Downtown to check discover Downtown Arts.

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