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Product Launch // Faison Center X VisArts

  • Quirk Gallery 207 W Broad Street Richmond, Va, 23220 (map)

Join students and members of the Faison Center and friends of VisArts at Quirk Gallery as we celebrate the artistic creations of Nicky and Genna, participants of a special partnership between the Employment Academy at the Faison Center and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In a course led by local artist and educator, Blythe King, each student learned basic sewing and screen-printing skills through the production of a set of handmade tote bags which each artist created from start to finish.

This event will kick off the sale of these bags and celebrate their hard work. It also coincides with "Two Sides Of The Same Coin," an exhibition of new work by Blythe King in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel. There will be plenty of merriment and refreshments. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these bags will go to Faison Employment Academy.

About this partnership:

The goal of the Employment Academy at the Faison Center is to teach students career readiness skills through internships with community partners. Their partnership with VisArts allows students to gain practical job skills by cleaning and maintaining studio facilities as well as a skill-building experience in our studios designed and led by a VisArts instructor, like the sewing and screen printing class that produced these bags. These art-making skills translate into future job skills as well, and can help students pursue other creative ventures. Each participant also becomes a part of the social community at VisArts, interacting with students, teachers and visitors on a daily basis.