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Pianist Needed

New Beginnings Christian Community1130 E Market St, Charlottesville, is looking for a pianist to play three hymns, a prelude, postlude, offering music and doxology Sundays at 11:00 am.  Pay $75 for the 45 minutes during Sunday worship. Everyone is masked and vaccinated. The pianist doesn’t need to wear a mask while at the piano. Please let Pastor Liz (Lizemrey@yahoo.com) or Pastor Brenda (bbrowngrooms@gmail.com) know if you are available.
HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN

“Music by the Pool” with the Legendary Ingramettes

Saturday, September 3 | 5:00 pm | Fry's Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Ave

Richmond-based The Legendary Ingramettes is one of America’s great Gospel Groups. For 60 years they’ve performed at venues as wide-ranging as The Kennedy Center, folk festivals, prisons, schools, etc., and this Saturday they’ll perform at Fry Springs Beach Club. While general admission is $10/adult and $5/child, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy (CCV) and Fry Springs Beach Club are offering 50 free tickets to folks in under-represented communities. Contact Chris Little at 804.240.8370 if you want to reserve tickets. Serious inquiries only.
 

Exhibition: Finding Virginia's Freetowns

Now - September 8 | Elmaleh Gallery, Campbell Hall, UVA School of Architecture

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, working plantations dotted the landscapes of Virginia. A number of these places still exist today and have been the subject of intense scrutiny by historians and memoirists who have documented the lives of the slaveholders and, to a lesser extent, the Black laborers who called these landscapes home. Largely undocumented, however, are the 50 or more Freetowns that flourished in Central Virginia from the middle of the nineteenth century, when they were occupied by free Blacks; through Reconstruction, when settlements of emancipated Blacks joined them; and into the twentieth century, when they continued to provide a measure of security and self-determination for Blacks circumscribed by the violence of Jim Crow. Many of these communities, centers of Black endurance and achievement, have vanished. But they live in collective memory, and in traces on the landscape.

This research project is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from across the University of Virginia who have been documenting, researching, and meeting with community members to find Freetowns in Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Orange counties.  More information HERE.
 

Redesigning Zoning Roundtable

Monday, September 12, 2022 @ 5pm UVA Campbell Hall, School of Architecture, Rm 153

Zoning reform poses difficult questions for policymakers and designers. Affordable housing and anti-gentrification activists have documented cases in high-cost cities where the relaxation of zoning restrictions has contributed to the displacement of precarious owners and renters, often in historically disinvested BIPOC communities. What roles might design play in the context of these complex issues of urban spatial politics? How can design-research inform policymaking? Panelists will discuss these questions against the backdrop of Charlottesville’s ongoing zoning rewrite, which aims to expand affordable housing and address racial inequities. 

This event serves as a capstone to the Charlottesville Zoning Design Workshop, led by Jonah Coe-Scharff and funded by the Jefferson Trust, a donor-led initiative of the UVA Alumni Association. More info here.
 

“The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience”

August 5 - September 30, 2022. Portraits displayed in the trees on the Downtown Mall. More info here.

Photojournalist Eze Amos will be displaying his photo narrative project giving voice to the experiences of Charlott30esville residents surrounding August 12, 2017. Photographs of our community coming together in resistance – holding space, being brave, being vulnerable, showing love for each other – will be suspended among the trees of the downtown mall. With the aid of a QR code, viewers will be transported to that exact moment as they hear the voice of the person featured in the displayed photo describing the experience in their own words. Click here for more information.
 

“Witnessing Resistance” Photo Exhibition

Now through September 16. Free, all day. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 Fourth Street

Photojournalist Eze Amos took more than 9,000 photographs on August 12, 2017. Now, five years later, he is sharing what he experienced and witnessed during and after the alt-right rally in his exhibition. Featuring 18 images taken between 2016 and 2017, the show is narrated by Amos, and it acts as a requiem that honors those who were not deterred by fear, but moved into the streets and guided by love.
 

“No Unity Without Justice: Student and Community Organizing During the 2017 Summer of Hate”

Exhibition on display now through October 29, 2022. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

The 37-item exhibition provides personal narratives of the curators’ experiences, as well as those of various Charlottesville community activists. It was primarily curated by Kendall King, a 2018 UVA alum, artist, and community organizer; in partnership with Jalane Schmidt, a UVA associate professor of religious studies; with guest alumni curators Natalie Romero, Hannah Russell-Hunter, and Memory Project postdoctoral fellow Gillet Rosenblith. Click here for more information.
 

Universities Studying Slavery Fall 2022 Conference
Wednesday, September 28 - Saturday, October 1 | Various Locations

Hosted by the University of Virginia and its President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS), the conference seeks to highlight slavery's many enduring legacies after emancipation and also confront the American academy's history of both benefitting from and perpetuating those legacies. Topics include Reconstruction, disfranchisement, redlining, racially restrictive zoning, racial terrorism, policing and incarceration, racist science's impacts on public policy, and resulting inequalities in health, industry, housing, and education from 1865 to the present. Although the central theme focuses on the post-emancipation world, the conference will address a wide array of topics related to slavery, slavery's afterlives, and universities. Register HERE.
 

UVA Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Workshops and Learning Opportunities:

  • UVA Division for D.E.I. Workshop: That's the Way of the World, Intro to D.E.I.  Tuesday, September 13 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are words that affect many of our lives, but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you. Register HEREAdditional Dates for Fall 2022: 10/11; 11/15, 12/6
     

  • UVA Division for D.E.I.  Workshop: I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact
    Thursday, September 22 | 12:30 - 1:45 pm | Online
    This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions, examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and their impact on individuals, and a method for confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations.  Email Sly Mata with questions about registration here. Additional workshop dates for Fall 2022:  Nov. 17, Dec. 15.
     
  • Learning Series Event: Dr. Shakti Butler - Planting Seeds for the Future
    Thursday, September 15 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | Online

    Join UVA's Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a presentation and conversation with Shakti Butler focused on "Planting Seeds for the Future." This presentation will focus on how we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not othering, is the norm through bridging and other collective relationships. Shakti Butler, Ph.D., visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many - is President and Founder of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, Shakti produced films, curricula, workshops, and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural, and cultural change. Register HERE.

  • Additional learning programs and opportunities offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion may be found here.
     

 “One Stop Shop”

Every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, parking lot of 750 Harris Street 
“One Stop Shop” is a weekly event organized by more than 20 nonprofits and other organizations to provide re-entry support for people returning home from Virginia prisons. The entire community is invited to attend One Stop Shop, particularly anyone who’s interested in volunteering with or otherwise assisting returning citizens who are adjusting to their new lives. Read July 13 C-ville Weekly article for more information.
 
REQUESTS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT / SUPPORT

Unsettling Grounds: OPEN CALL for a new public art project

Applications due September 23.  Link to application.

'Unsettling Grounds' is a history visualization project. that will pilot an interdisciplinary, project-based artist residency program designed to enable local BIPOC & low-income artists to create high-quality media and performance artworks. Given the recent controversies around the removal of Confederate monuments, this timely project offers a blueprint for how communities can use technology and public space for reflection and engagement with histories of social conflict, potentially as a counter-narrative to the Lost Cause mythology. The project is seeking creative practitioners, storytellers, visual, sound, movement, and performance artists who are curious about local history and interested in collaborating on this new public art project. Applicants should have a strong connection to Albemarle County. More information HERE. For questions, contact marisa@marisawilliamson.com.


SURVEY ON-GOING: Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

Take the survey here.
 
In December 2021, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the City’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read news release] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument in order to transform its bronze material into a work of public art.

The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process for Charlottesville residents to deliberate how the social value of inclusion can be represented through art and public space. People living in the Charlottesville area are  invited to take this survey about what makes a welcoming space and how inclusion and other community aspirations can be represented through art and public spaces. The survey is anonymous. Feel free to skip questions that you do not wish to answer.

If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to swordsintoplowsharescville@gmail.com with your group’s name and contact information.
RECENTLY PUBLISHED

Local / Regional


New booster for the BA.4 and BA.5 variants: Dr. Petri answers your questions on FDA authorization - The Daily Progress

Richmond’s Confederate monuments headed to Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles next year - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Descendants of the enslaved find connections at Charlottesville grave site - ABC13 News

National

COVID-19 and BLUE RIDGE AREA HEALTH DISTRICT (BRHD) RESOURCES

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More detailed health and BRHD information available here.

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES

Foodfinder Tools

Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together to create a map of available food resources in the area. Go online Foodfinder Map.

City and Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network launches 24/7 Food Security Text Line  Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to (844) 947-6518 to receive information about food resources available near their current zip code. Information is available in English and Spanish. Here’s more information.


Google's Food Locator Tool - Google created a Find Food Support locator tool to locate your nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar. Information for the sites closest to you will be displayed. If possible, call a location before you visit to verify days/hours they are open and any requirements.

 

Food Distribution

  • New Beginnings Christian Community – every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 1 to 4 pm. Every Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm at New Beginnings Christian Community, 1130 E Market St. Recipients can choose the food they want. Mask and social distancing required. No paperwork needed. Contact Rev. Liz Emrey at <lizemrey@yahoo.com> or call 434-872-0800 if you have questions or if you can help.

  • See the Foodfinder Map for more food distribution sites in the area.

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ONLINE and IN-PERSON WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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