Annual Conference


FALL 2021 in RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

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Join us for ICFAD’s 57th Annual Conference Richmond has a strong and vibrant creative culture that brings the arts to life. Makers from every arts discipline collaborate with one another, leading to art around every corner. And each October is Artober - a month-long celebration of arts and culture in Richmond. Join us and see why Gogobot ranked Richmond #1 on its list of the “10 Most Artistic Mid-Sized Cities in America.”

Art walks, historic theaters, galleries, and rooftops feature musical, visual and performing arts. Described as a living canvas with walls painted by local and international artists, the city is home to more than 100 murals, and has become a favorite destination for street art enthusiasts.

In the midst of the Great Depression, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Today VMFA continues to be the state’s flagship art museum and the headquarters for an educational network bringing the best of world art, past and present, to every corner of the Commonwealth.

Richmond’s vibrant art scene shines on many stages. The Coalition Theater hosts live comedy shows, including the city’s own satirical late-night show, RVA Tonight. Richmond’s Triangle Players is focused on changing the community’s conversation about diversity and inclusion through the production of LGBTQ-themed works. The Virginia Repertory Theater produces professional productions of classic comedies, dramas, and musicals; their recent children’s theatre touring unit has garnered considerable national attention. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen features art exhibitions, concerts, plays, musicals, and dance, including the Latin Ballet of Virginia. The Henrico Theater hosts musical and theatrical performances in a landmark Art Deco building. Catch performances of touring Broadway shows, the Virginia Opera, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Ballet and more at Performing Arts Alliance locations including the historic Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts and iconic Altria Theater.

Your ICFAD Board of Directors is planning an extraordinary agenda, with time on the campuses of the historic University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University,
ranked first in the country as a public university art school.

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RICHMOND REGION ACCOLADES

TRAVEL

  • Richmond named one of the “Best Places to Travel in April” - JetSetter (March 2020)
  • Richmond on list of “7 Day Trips That Will Make Your Kids Smarter” - Red Tricycle (February 2020)
  • Richmond named one of the “52 Places to Go in 2020” - The New York Times (January 2020)
  • Richmond named one of the “8 Awesomely Diverse US Cities (and why you should visit) - Matador (November 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “10 Cities to Watch in 2020” - Worth (October 2019)
  • Richmond #2 on list of “24 Best Northern Virginia Day Trips” - Vacation Idea (October 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “25 Best Getaways in the US for Millennials” - MSN (September 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “50 Best American Towns to Visit in Autumn” - The Active Times (September 2019)
  • Boston to Richmond named one of the “Best Road Trips to Take in 2019” - Trip Savvy (July 2019
  • Richmond named one of the “Best Cities for a Short Trip in the US” - USA Today, via Hotwire (July 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “Top Travel Destinations for US History Buffs” - Travel Pulse (May 2019)
  • Richmond named on list of “8 Underrated Destinations to Add to Your Southern Road Trip” - MSN (April 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “Best Places to Travel in April” - Jetsetter (March 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “14 Up-and-Coming US Cities You Should Try to Visit in 2019” - PureWow (February 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “7 Last-Minute Galentine’s Day Getaways for Every Budget” - Essence (January 2019)
  • Richmond named one of “The Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations You Haven’t Heard About (Yet)” - BestProducts (January 2019)
  • Virginia (including Richmond) named one of the “Best Places to Go in 2019” - Frommer’s (December 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the “Cheap Vacation Ideas for Families: The Best Cities in the US and Canada – Frommer's (November 2018)
  • Richmond listed as one of the “7 Rising US Cities That Should be on your 2019 Travel Bucket List” - Trip Advisor (October 2018)
  • Richmond’s fall festivals listed on “The Best Places to Travel in November” - Matador Network (September 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the “4 Under-the-Radar US Hot Spots for Traveling Families” - Travel Age West (August 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the “17 Kid-Friendly Destinations on the Rise” - MSN (August 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "12 US Destinations to Visit in 2018" - ExPatWoman (July 2018)
  • Richmond named on a list of "20 Reasons to Travel This Summer" - Forbes (July 2018)
  • Richmond named on a list of "5 Easy Train Getaways from DC" - Washingtonian (June 2018)
  • Richmond is #5 on list of "7 US Cities to Visit for a Dose of Southern Charm" - Brit + Co (June 2018)
  • Richmond named one of "The World's Hottest LGBT-friendly Destinations" - TTG Media (June 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "30 Best Summer Travel Destinations" - MSN (May 2018)
  • Richmond named one of "The Best Mother-Daughter Vacations to Take This Summer" - Southern Living (May 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "15 Incredible Solo Vacations to Take in the South" - Southern Living (March 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "10 Coolest US Cities to Visit in 2018" - Forbes (February 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "Best Spring Getaways to Start Planning Now" - Thrillist (February 2018)
  • Richmond #7 on "Best in the US 2018" - Lonely Planet (February 2018)
  • Richmond #10 on list of "18 Cities That Must be Seen in 2018" - Expedia (January 2018)

ARTS & CULTURE

  • The ICA named one of the “Best New Museums of 2020” - USA Today 10Best (March 2020)
  • Rumors of War on list of “The Best Public Art of 2019” - Artsy.net (December 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “11 American Cities with Surprising Street Art Scenes” - Matador (September 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “6 Best Southern Destinations for Art Lovers” - This is My South (April 2019)
  • Richmond on list of “10 Surprisingly Great Cities for Art Lovers in America” - ApartmentGuide.com (January 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “30 Best Cities for Stunning Art & Architecture” - Travel Pulse (September 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "12 Best American Music Cities That Aren't Nashville" - Fodors (May 2018)
  • The ICA listed in "The Coolest Things Opening in America in 2018" - Thrillist (January 2018)
  • The ICA listed as one of the "15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year" - Architectural Digest (January 2018)
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Museum named "The Strangest Museum in Every State" for Virginia – The Daily Meal (January 2018)

DINING                                                                              

  • Richmond on list of “The South’s Best Food Cities 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • Alewife named “The South’s Best New Restaurant 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • Alewife on list of “The 101 Best Restaurants in America” - The Daily Meal (February 2020)
  • Broad Appetit on list of “The 28 Best Food and Drink Festivals in the US” - MSN (January 2020)
  • Croaker’s Spot on list of “America’s Best Soul Food Restaurants” - The Daily Meal (January 2020)
  • Sally Bell’s on list of “The Best Classic Restaurants in Every State” - Food + Wine (January 2020)
  • Fire, Flour and Fork on list of “10 of the Best Food and Wine Festivals the Southeast Has to Offer” - USA Today 10Best (January 2020)
  • Longoven on list of “Restaurants of the Year: Editors’ Choice 2020” - Hideaway Report (January 2020)
  • Alewife named one of the “Best Restaurants of 2019” - The Daily Meal (November 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “10 Most Underrated Food Cities we Explored in 2019” - USA Today 10Best (November 2019)
  • Alewife named one of “Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America, 2019” - Esquire (November 2019)
  • ZZQ named the best ribs in Virginia on list of “The Best Ribs in Every State” - Food Network (October 2019)
  • Abulita’s named best Mexican restaurant in Virginia on list of “The Best Mexican Restaurant in Every State” - Yelp (October 2019)
  • Proper Pie named the best pie in Virginia on list of “The Best Pie in Every State” - People (September 2019)
  • Fire, Flour and fork named one of the “10 Best Food Festivals in the United States” - Gear Hungry (September 2019)
  • Longoven named one of “The Hot Ten: America’s Best New Restaurants 2019” - Bon Appetit (September 2019)
  • Longoven named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants for 2019” - Bon Appetit (September 2019)
  • ZZQ named one of the “33 Best BBQ Joints in America” - Thrillist (August 2019)
  • Charm School Social Club named the best in Virginia for “The Best Ice Cream Parlor in Your Sate” - USA Today (August 2019)
  • ZZQ named one of the “Best New Southern Barbeque Joints” - Garden & Gun (July 2019)
  • Fire, Flour and Fork named the “Best Food Festival in Every State” for Virginia – The Daily Meal (July 2019)
  • Richmond named “America’s Next Great Restaurant-Obsessed Town” - Bon Appetit (April 2019)
  • Lehja named one of the “10 Restaurants Bringing Indian Culture to the South” - Food Newsfeed (April 2019)
  • Alewife named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America 2019” - GQ (April 2019)
  • Fire, Flour & Fork #3 on list of “Best General Food Festival” - 10Best (March 2019)
  • Heritage’s Big Hot Mess named the ”Best Breakfast Dish in Virginia”  - The Daily Meal (March 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “Best Places in the US to get 10 Types of European Food” for its German cuisine - Insider (March 2019)
  • Richmond named one of “The South’s Best Food Cities 2019” - Southern Living (March 2019)
  • Smohk RVA BBQ named “Best Brunswick Stew in Virginia” - 10Best (March 2019)
  • Richmond on list of “Top 10 Foodie Cities” - Yelp (March 2019)
  • L’opossum on list of “Editors’ Picks 2018: Richard Bradley” - Worth (February 2019)
  • Richmond named  the “Best Food City in Every State” for Virginia – Thrillist (January 2019)
  • Richmond on list of “The 10 Best Cities for Vegetarians in America” - Apartment Guide (January 2019)
  • Ashland Coffee & Tea on list of “The 60 Coolest Coffee Shops in America” - MSN (January 2019)
  • Richmond on list of “The 50 Best Foodie Towns in America” - The Daily Meal (January 2019)
  • Proper Pie named the best pie shop in Virginia in “The Best Pie Shop in Every State” - USA Today (December 2018)
  • Fire, Flour & Fork named one of the “Top Food Festivals Around the Country” - Best Products (September 2018)
  • The Boathouse named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in the US” - Travel & Leisure (August 2018)
  • ZZQ named one of the “33 Best BBQ Joints in America” - Thrillist (August 2018)
  • Brenner Pass named one of the "Top 50 of America's Best New Restaurants 2018" - Bon Appetit (July 2018)
  • ZZQ named best BBQ in Virginia in "The Best BBQ in Every State" - Food & Wine (July 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "24 Best Cities in the US to Visit for Total Foodies" - The Richest (July 2018)
  • Around the Corner in Henrico named one of the “10 Best Burger Joints in America” - Money (June 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "5 Deliciously Diverse Cities Leading the Way in Group Dining" - Meetings Today (May 2018)
  • Pasture named on list of "Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the US that Elevate What it Means to Eat Local" - (BestProducts.com) May 2018
  • LuLus's named one of the "Top 100 Restaurants for Mother's Day Brunch" - Travel + Leisure (May 2018)
  • Buz & Ned's named one of the "45 Top Barbeque Spots from Coast to Coast" - Food Network (April 2018)
  • Saison's burger named the best in Virginia in "The Best Burgers in America" - Time Out (April 2018)
  • LuLu's named on list of "The Best Waffles in America" - The Food Network (March 2018)
  • Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Company named the best in Virginia in "Best Coffee in Every State" - Food & Wine (March 2018)
  • L'opossum's la petite mort au chocolat en flambe named one of the "South's Best Desserts 2018" - Southern Living (March 2018)
  • L'opossum named "The South's Best Restaurant 2018" - Southern Living (March 2018)
  •  Shyndigz's salted caramel chocolate cake named the "Best Cake in Virginia" - Food Network (February 2018)
  • Richmond listed in "19 US Cities with an Unexpectedly International Food Scene" - Fodors (January 2018)
  • Foo Dog named the best ramen restaurant in Virginia" - USA Today (January 2018)
  • Quirk's coffee bar named on list of "The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Every State in America" - Architectural Digest (January 2018)

CRAFT BEER, COCKTAILS & WINE

  • The Jasper on list of “The South’s Best Bars 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout named the best beer in Virginia on list of “Top Beers in All 50 States” - Thrillist (January 2020)
  • Richmond on list of “6 East Coast Cities with Dynamic Craft Beer Scenes” - TripAdvisor (January 2020)
  • Richmond named “Best for Booze Hounds” on list of Where to Go in 2020: The Best Places to Travel This Year” - TripSavvy (January 2020)
  • Triple Crossing named one of the “10 Best Breweries in America (2019)” - VinePair (January 2020)
  • Richmond named one of the “10 Beer Scenes You Should Experience in 2020” - USA Today 10Best (December 2019)
  • Triple Crossing Brewing #16 on list of “The 50 Best American Breweries of the 2010s” - Paste (November 2019)
  • Richmond named “The Best Craft Beer City in the Northeast” - Wanderu (September 2019)
  • The Jasper named one of the “10 Best Cocktail Bars” - USA Today 10Best (August 2019)
  • The Answer named one of the “10 Restaurants That Serve the Best Craft Beer in the US” - The Travel (July 2019)
  • Triple Crossing Brewing’s Green Dreams DIPA named one of the “34 Hottest IPAs in America Right Now” - Thrillist (July 2019)
  • Shagbark named one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2019” - Wine Enthusiast (June 2019)
  • Veil Brewing made list of “The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now” - Gear Patrol (May 2019)
  • Hardywood on list of “Sustainable Craft Breweries” - Thrillist (April 2019)
  • The Answer won 1st in the “2019 Ultimate Craft Beer Bracket Championship” - USA Today (April 2019)
  • Richmond #3 on list of “Best Beer Scene” - 10Best (March 2019)
  • Triple Crossing’s Green Dreams DIPA made list of “The 34 Hottest IPAs in America Right Now” - Thrillist (February 2019)
  • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery named the “Most Underrated Brewery in Every State” for Virginia – Thrillist (January 2019)
  • The Jasper named one of “The South’s Best New Bars” - Garden & Gun (January 2019)
  • Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout named one of the “Best Beers to Warm Your Belly This Winter” - Thrillist (January 2019)
  • Safety Team Brewing named one of the “15 Best Breweries to Watch in 2019” - Hop Culture (December 2018)
  • The Answer named one of the “10 Best Breweries in America for 2018” - VinePair (December 2018)
  • Veil Brewing’s Jackson Flavor named one of the “20 Best Beer Label Designs of 2018” - Hop Culture (December 2018)
  • Ardent Craft Ales on list of “Best Beers of 2018” - Fortune (December 2018)
  • Ardent’s Saison named one of the “50 Best Beers of 2018” - VinePair (December 2018)
  • Veil Brewing named the Best Brewery in Virginia on list of “The Best Craft Brewery in Every State” - Thrillist (November 2018)
  • Hardywood, Triple Crossing Brewing, and Final Gravity all listed as "324 of the Best IPAs" - Paste (July 2018)
  • The Answer named one of the "11 Breweries and Brewpubs with Impressive Menus" - CraftBeer.com (May 2018)
  • Kindred Spirit Brewing's Strawberry Milkshake Beer named one of the "100 Ways to Savor Strawberries in May" - USA Today (May 2018)
  • Vasen Brewing Company named one of the "50 Best New Breweries" - Beer Advocate (May 2018)
  • Richmond #2 on list of the "Top 10 Best Craft Beer Vacation Destinations in America" - CheatStreet (April 2018)
  • Brenner Pass named as one of the "11 World-Class Wine Lists in Unexpected Places" - Livability (March 2018)
  • Richmond #3 in the "Best Beer Scenes of 2018" - USA Today (March 2018)
  • The Graduate Richmond listed in "7 Hotels That Will Make you Want to Travel for Beer" - Esquire (January 2018)
  • Richmond #1 in "The World's Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2018" - VinePair (January 2018)
  • Jackson Ward named one of the "Best Drinking Neighborhoods in the Country" - Thrillist (January 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "Top 5 American Beer Cities We're Excited for in 2018" - Hop Culture (January 2018)
  • Veil Brewing's Circle of Wolves named one of the "62 Best Barleywines" - Paste Magazine (January 2018)

HOMES & GARDENS

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden named one of the “8 Most Instagram-Worthy Botanical Gardens in the US” - Better Homes and Gardens (July 2019)
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden #4 on list of “Best Botanical Gardens” - 10Best (May 2019)
  • Maymont named as one of the “Stunning Botanical Gardens You Won’t Believe Are Free” - Fodor’s Travel (October 2018)
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden named one of the “Best Public Gardens in the US” - Birds & Blooms (September 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the “40 Metro Areas Where New Home Construction is Booming” - MSN (July 2018)

BUSINESS

  • Richmond named one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker for 2020” – MovieMaker (February 2020)
  • Richmond on list of “Top 25 Convention Cities” - MeetingSource (January 2020)
  • Hatch Kitchen RVA/Richmond on list of “8 Cities Where Incubator Kitchens are Building Economic Opportunity” - Livability (December 2019)
  • Richmond on list of “The 30 Most Affordable Downtowns to Live in Across America” - MSN (May 2019)
  • Mama J’s named one of “19 Great Restaurants to Work For” - Food and Wine (March 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019” - MovieMaker.com (January 2019)
  • Richmond named “The Supermarket Capital of America” - Food + Wine (January 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business” - inc. (December 2018)
  • Richmond is #6 on list of "Fastest Growing Tech Hubs in the Country" - AmericanInno (July 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "Best 15 Cities for Low Taxes" - Cheat Sheet (April 2018)
  • The Broad named one of the "5 All-Female Coworking Clubs Where Design Counts" - Architectural Digest (March 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2018" - MovieMaker.com (January 2018)

EDUCATION

  • 10 College Grads on why They Made Their College Town Their Home – Livability (April 2018)

HOLIDAY

  • Richmond on list of “7 Romantic Getaways Under $200 to Gift for Valentine’s Day” - HGTV (February 2020)
  • Richmond on list of “12 of the Most Bonkers Holiday Light Displays in the United States” - Fodors (December 2019)
  • The Jefferson Hotel on list of “The Most Extravagant Gingerbread Houses You Can Visit This Holiday Season” - People (December 2019)
  • Tacky Lights Tour named one of the “Most Amazing Christmas Lights Displays in America” - The Daily Meal (December 2019)
  • The Jefferson Hotel named one of the “Four US Hotels Known for Their Amazing Holiday Displays” - Martha Stewart Living (November 2019)
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights named one of the “Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights” - 10 Best/USA Today (December 2018)
  • Richmond named as one of the “Most Amazing Christmas Light Displays in America” - Daily Meal (December 2018)
  • Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion #2 on list of “Best Theme Park Halloween Event” - USA Today (October 2018)

MISC

  • Quirk named one of “The South’s Best New Hotels 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • The  Fan named one of “The South’s Best Neighborhoods 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • The Jefferson named one of “The South’s Best Historic Hotels 2020” - Southern Living (March 2020)
  • Richmond on list of places to “Celebrate Black History All Year Long at These Destinations” - Essence (February 2020)
  • Richmond #2 of list of “The Country’s Best Cities for Dating” - Yahoo (February 2020)
  • Chop Suey Books #1 on list of “10 Best Bookstores in the Southern United States” - The Travel (November 2019)
  •  South of the James Farmers Market named one of the “10 Best Farmers Markets in the US” - 10Best/USA Today (September 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the “12 Smart Places to Retire” - Kiplinger (July 2019)
  • Main Street Station named one of the “15 of the Most Unique Wedding Venues Out There” - Brides (May 2019)
  • The Jefferson Hotel named one of “The South’s Best Hotels 2019” - Southern Living (March 2019)
  • The Jefferson Hotel on list of “17 Romantic Hotels Around the World Every Couple Should Add to Their Dream Bucket List” - Insider (February 2019)
  • Main Street Station named one of the “12 Most Beautiful Train Stations in the US” - Conde Nast Traveler (January 2019)
  • The Linden Row Inn named one of the “Most Charming Inns in the United States Under $200 a Night” - Reader’s Digest (January 2019)
  • Quirk Hotel named one of the “12 New Boutique Hotels to Visit this Year” - Southern Living (January 2019)
  • The Commonwealth Hotel named one of the “10 A+ Lodgings on your East Coast US College Tour” - Getaway Mavens (January 2019)
  • Richmond named one of the destinations on “12 Underrated Urban Escapes That Make Great Honeymoon Destinations” - The Cut (November 2018)
  • The Jefferson named “Best City Center Historic Hotel” - Forbes (November 2018)
  • Richmond #1 on list of “Five Top Cities to Enjoy Fall Foliage” - PR Newswire (October 2018)
  • Blackwell Botanicals runner-up in Garden & Gun’s “Made in the South’ awards craft category – Garden & Gun (October 2018)
  • Main Street Station is #5 on list of “The 25 Most Beautiful Old Train Stations in America” - MSN (October 2018)
  • The Jefferson Hotel & Quirk Hotel both featured on list of “Top Hotels in the South” - Conde Nast Traveler (October 2018)
  • 5 Richmond Region businesses on list of “Made in the South Awards” - Garden & Gun (August 2018)
  • Richmond is #6 on list of "20 Booming Cities in the US that Could Become the Next New York – The Richest (July 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "20 Most Hipster Cities in the US" - PJMedia (July 2018)
  • Richmond and Virginia Pride named one of the "3 Prides on the Rise" - EDGE Meda (May 2018)
  • The 17th Street Farmers Market named in list of "50 Farmers Markets Across America" - USA Today (May 2018)
  • Richmond #5 on list of "The 20 Most Hipster Cities in the US" - Insider (April 2018)
  • Quirk Hotel named one of "The South's Best Hotels 2018" - Southern Living (March 2018)
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site named one of the "16 Must-See US Landmarks That Celebrate Women's History" - Travel + Leisure (March 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "Places Where Americans Live the Most Balanced Lifestyles" - MagnifyMoney.com (February 2018)
  • Richmond named one of the "5 Rising US Cities Where Homeownership is Affordable" - Curbed (February 2018)
  • Richmond one of the "50 Best Smaller College Towns with the Best Music Scenes" - Good Deed Seats (January 2018)
  • Chop Suey named one of the "17 Bookstore Cats Worth Road Tripping For" - Fodors (January 2018)
  • Ellwood Thompson's named the "Best Grocery Store in Every State" for Virginia – The Daily Meal (January 2018)