Music & the Arts in Richmond Public Schools, 5th District

Please see www.richmondsymphony.com/give if you wish to donate to this campaign

$5,818

70 supporters

$15,000 goal

Team Member

Frances Sterling

$395

by 6 supporters

$100 goal

I was given an instrument and a music class for free when I was 5 years old. I learned to play music, meet people, in fact my whole life has been influenced and directed by music. I believe every child should have this opportunity. Hopefully you will help me on this local project to do just that.


Official Blurb!

The Richmond Symphony and Maymont are collaborating to present a Big Tent community festival on Saturday, September 12, 3-7:30 pm, on the spacious and picturesque Carriage House Lawn at Maymont. The event, African American Voices, will highlight inspirational music of Black composers and poignant living history portrayals of African American staff at Maymont, 1893-1925. Proceeds from the Big Tent festival support music and art in Richmond Public School’s 5th District. The beauty of the outdoor parkland at Maymont combined with amazing live music and art make this a must-see experience.

LOCATION: Maymont, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220

Please enter Maymont through the Historic Estate Entrance (1700 Hampton Street). Guests can park at the Historic Estate Entrance (1700 Hampton Street), The Robins Nature Center (2201 Shields Lake Drive) or street parking where available.

FESTIVAL DATE & TIME: September 12, 2020 // 3 – 8:00 pm. Gates open at 2pm.

COST: Free, but pre-registration is required with a limited number of walk-up tickets

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE: TBD

FOOD TRUCKS: Boka Tako, Carolina BBQ, Mr. Ray’z Big Dogz // Food truck applications extended to 8/14!

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Live music and art, a sense of community, and enjoyment are valuable commodities in our current situation. We desire to bring this opportunity to the community responsibly and therefore ask everyone to participate in the following precautions

  • Tickets must be reserved for everyone attending, including infants.
    • Patrons are seated with their pod/family unit within painted areas in the grass with 6′ spacing between pods. You may bring chairs and/or a blanket. Respect the space of others.
    • Masks are required at all times outside of your designed area on the grass
    • Food trucks and beer will be available and orders/payments may be made online for contactless purchase or you can pay in cash. Food and beverages may only be consumed at your designated pod.
    • Guests will be allowed to bring 1 unopened bottle of water and 1 clear gallon size Ziploc bag of food. Coolers that must be carried or wheeled will be prohibited.

    Please enter Maymont through the Historic Estate Entrance (1700 Hampton Street). Guests can park at the Historic Estate Entrance (1700 Hampton Street), The Robins Nature Center (2201 Shields Lake Drive) or street parking where available.

    BEFORE YOU VISIT:

    Please review the following checklist with all members of your party on the day of your visit. If you or any member of your group shows any of the following symptoms, please let us know so your tickets can be released.

    • Feeling feverish or having an elevated measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 F
    • Having had any close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • A new or worsening cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity

To limit exposure, non-food vendors and the kids zone will not be included at this festival. However, Maymont has a lovely petting zoo and animals for families to explore.

DONATE While this is a free community event, please consider making a personal or corporate donation. Proceeds from this event will support Richmond Public School music and art programs in the 5th District! Donation links will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact Kristen below.

VOLUNTEERS Event volunteers are needed to assist with gate check and beer pouring (a fundraiser). Volunteers will need to meet strict health and safety protocols. The process for volunteering will be linked here soon.

Contact Kristen Allegood, Community Partnerships Manager for the Richmond Symphony at
[email protected] or 804-788-4717 x141

Rain date is Sunday September 13th

Team Members

Frances

$395

6 supporters

Organizer

Story

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for this great cause. We are still accepting donations via richmondsymphony.com/give 

Each year proceeds from the Big Tent festival go to support music and art in Richmond Public Schools. This year we are fundraising for schools in the 5th District.

The wish list we have received is:

  • G.W. Carver Elementary School for General music instruments: $500
  • Swansboro Elementary School for a classroom set of string instruments: $5,600
  • John B. Cary elementary school for a classroom set of string instruments: $5,600 
  • Binford middle school for choir risers: $3,000
  • Open High School for art supplies and a new kiln, including ventilation and setup: $5,000        
  • George Wythe High School for dance supplies and uniforms: $800  

Total need is $20,500

Through this crowdfund we are hoping to raise $15,000 and an additional $5,500 on the day of the event.

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Big Tent History

The Richmond Symphony collaborates with government and civic organizations to plan community festivals under the Big Tent that will make a significant impact on participating neighborhoods by combining the power of music with community investment.

To date, Big Tent Festivals have raised over $400,000 in donations for Richmond Public Schools, which have been used to provide instructional support and purchase almost 400 instruments for school orchestra classrooms. Our goal is to raise over $500,000 in donations, buying 500+ instruments to outfit all 32 Richmond Public Schools elementary and middle schools with a full string orchestra. This will ensure that every child in RPS who would like to learn instrumental music has access to one on which to play - and now they will have an online school with which to continue their musical education.

We will be at Forest Hill Park in June 2021 to raise funds for schools in the 4th district.

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