Cost: Free

Celebrate African & African American Art: Adornment

Jun 10, 2017 | 11 am–3 pm

Come to VMFA for this year’s Family Day celebration of African and African American arts and culture. Explore the theme of “adornment” through artwork in VMFA’s collection and enjoy artist demonstrations, performances by the Elegba Folklore Society, and music with DJ Mikemetic. Participate in art activities, including Zulu-inspired jewelry making, and so much more!

Event Schedule
Jun 10, 2017 | 11 am3 pm

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Elegba Folklore Society
Adornment Is… Expression by the Elegba Folklore Society
11:15–11:45 am and 12:15–12:45 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater (Level L)

No Photos Permitted | Enjoy captivating dance, music, and oral tradition performances by the Elegba Folklore Society. Elegba, from the Yoruba cosmology of West Africa, is an orisa, or intercessor who opens new roads, bringing clarity out of confusion. The Elegba Folklore Society is a year-round, lively celebration of African and African American culture.

Richmond Boys Choir
1–1:25 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater (Level L)
2:30–2:55 pm | Atrium (Level 1)

Join the Richmond Boys Choir for two dynamic vocal performances highlighting both light classical and popular musical selections. The choir is a nonprofit organization, open to boys and young men who live in the Richmond-metro area, ages 7 to 17.

Virginia Union University NPHC Greek Step Performance
11:50 am–12:00 pm | Atrium (Level 1)
1:35–1:45 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater (Level L)

Enjoy rhythmic step performances by Virginia Union University’s National
Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Greek organizations.

Mikemetic | Sculpture Garden (Rain Location: Atrium)
11 am–3 pm | Sculpture Garden, Rain Location: Atrium

Experience the Afro-futuristic sounds of DJ Mikemetic and the Afro Beta Drummers as they engage audiences through cosmic cadence and spiritual guidance in a creative musical arts event.

Exhibitions & Demonstrations


Keith Ramsey | Marble Hall (Level 2)
Local artist Keith Ramsey designs and creates his FOUNDPUNK Wrist Wear by RAMSEY.

Jay Sharpe | Marble Hall (Level 2)
Richmond-based artist Jay Sharpe demonstrates his unique and beautiful jewelry construction and design.

Hlengiwe Dube | Conference Room 1 (Level L) South
11 am–12 pm & 1–3 pm
African artist Hlengiwe Dube demonstrates the intricate beading of Zulu designs.




Create a Maasai Inspired Belt | Art Education Center Studio 1 (Level 1)
Use beads to create your own colorful Massai-inspired belt!

Zulu-Inspired Wearable Beading | Conference Room 1 (Level L)
Learn about Zulu beading designs and make your own beaded necklace. Include a secret message or “love letter” pendant!

Design your own Hunter’s Shirt | Art Education Center Studio 2 (Level 1)
Create your own miniature paper shirt to show off your bravery and personality. Add special messages on the inside of your design.

Create your own Raffia Textile | Marble Hall, Level 2
Create your own textile by weaving raffia to create a design that represents you.

Dance with the Ancestors!  Make an Egungun Mask | Sculpture Garden Terrace
Make your own mask using strips of fabric, and then join the Yoruba-inspired dance of spirals in the Sculpture Garden.


Community Activities

Runway Selfie Station | Atrium (Level 1)
Stop by the VMFA Runway to show off your style and the wearable works of art you create. Take a picture to remember the day!

Community Runway Gesture Drawing with Artist Sukenya Best | Atrium, (Level 1)
Be a part of a community gesture drawing project led by artist and Virginia Union University visual arts professor, Sukenya Best.

Collaborative Hunter’s Shirt Clothing Design with Teen Stylin’ | Atrium
(Level 1) | Work with VMFA’s 2017 Teen Stylin’ students to adorn a life-size version of the Hunter’s Shirt with fabric, shells, and found materials.

Community Weaving Project | Marble Hall (Level 2)
Add a piece of raffia or fabric to our large-scale weaving project!

Play! | Sculpture Garden, Pauley Center Terrace
Spread out on a picnic blanket, relax on the grounds, or pick up a hula hoop and enjoy the day!

Food Trucks | VMFA Sculpture Garden (Grove Avenue) weather permitting
Make sure to stop by our local food vendors to pick up a tasty treat.



Join us for our upcoming Family Day events listed below!

Sep 16, 2017, 11 am–3 pm for Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Caribbean

Oct 14, 2017, 11am – 3pm for Celebrate Native American Art

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