Annual Conference

 

Join us for ICFAD’s 57th Annual Conference
October 6 - 8, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia

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.”

Here is a fillable registration form you may complete and send in with your payment by check or e-mail to [email protected]

Here is a link to use to make hotel reservations.

The 57th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans
Virginia Commonwealth University/VCUarts and the University of Richmond
Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Virginia
Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday, October 6 – 8, 2021
This ICFAD Conference will focus on how fine arts executives in higher education, artists, and communities can work together to examine the past and reposition history for their communities through the visual and the performing arts, design research, and innovative approaches. Presentations will also highlight opportunities for arts leaders to share strategies and challenges of the COVID-19 year and consider how some of the successes may inform the future.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


1:00 p.m.
Welcome
ICFAD President Jean Miller, Dean, Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University
First-time attendees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Navigating the New Landscape in Higher Education
Mark Heckler, President Emeritus, Valparaiso University and Barbara Korner, Dean Emerita, College of Arts & Architecture, Penn State University and Aaron Flagg, Chair and Associate Director, The Juilliard School
Macro-forces of economics, demographics, technology, and accountability are propelling higher education toward lower cost, greater efficiency, and increasing focus on post-graduation careers and compensation. Concurrently, the USA’s fraught cultural dynamics around diversity, equity and inclusion demand strong and resilient leadership for transformational change. This session will explore ethical leadership and transformational change for these unprecedented times, including DEI initiatives and intra- and inter-institutional strategies on the continuum from collaboration to merger or closure.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Reflection and Discussion Break
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2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Your Approach to Fundraising Will Shape Your Tenure as Dean
Jim Langley, President, Langley Innovations
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Your Approach to Fundraising Will Shape Your Tenure as Dean:  Fundraising is much more than the raising of funds.  It is about the projection of possibility or the extension of the status quo; about ideas around which a more vibrant community can be built or a plea for more to a shrinking constituency; or about the purposes that will attract alumni talent, or the deadening drone of yet another call to “give back.” In determining how to make a case for fundraising, in choosing the tone of the strategies and tactics to be used, and in selected vehicles through which the messages will be delivered, Deans will, in part, define their tenures, if nothing else in the way they are perceived by internal stakeholders and external constituents.  In this session, James M. Langley will show how to define and manage fundraising expectations.

Please walk to VCU Institute for Contemporary Art for our next session.
at the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
at the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
A Conversation with Presidents Emeriti Ronald Crutcher and Mark Heckler: Reflections on Distinguished Careers in Leadership, Education and the Arts
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In this engaged conversation, two distinguished higher education leaders will reflect upon experiences and insights they have had throughout their fascinating careers. Nancy Uscher, Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and former President of Cornish College of the Arts, will share thoughtful questions with the Presidents.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
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with an introduction to VCUarts programs through a short presentation by Carmenita Higginbotham, Dean
Opened on April 21, 2018, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University is a non-collecting museum that showcases an ever-changing slate of exhibitions, performances, films, and special programs that translate our world into every medium.

Please enjoy dinner on your own.

Thursday, October 7, 2021


6:00 a.m.
Meet in the lobby of the Richmond Marriott for morning exercise through one of two walking tours hosted by a colleague from VCUarts. (Join us again tomorrow morning for the second!)
With the Virginia Capital Trail anchoring the eastern end of downtown’s Riverfront and Belle Isle on the west, you have access to several miles of trails and pathways. We’ll enjoy the historic Canal Walk, a 1.25-mile centerpiece. Stroll the Canal Walk that was originally surveyed by George Washington with ICFAD colleagues. Stroll through history, interacting with the exhibits and art, as well as learning from the historic markers.

Understand Richmond’s history of involvement in the slave trade. Reflect on the city’s history and race relations today. This walking tour commemorates the injustices experienced by enslaved Africans coming to and through Richmond.

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Early Bird Session: SNAAP Survey Rollout
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Tables will be reserved for new deans, inaugural and founding deans, mentors and mentees from the Leadership Development Workshops of 2020 and 2021.

SNAAP was created to respond to the need for clear and reliable data, articulated by arts training institutions almost 20 years ago. At this time, SNAAP is again taking action to respond to the forward-looking information needs of the arts in higher education. To best support the use of SNAAP by the higher education field, arts professionals, policymakers and researchers, SNAAP has gathered and critically reflected on input from higher education leaders, arts faculty and research scholars to inform how it can best build on the strengths of its first decade and best serve the arts in higher education field in the new decade.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
VCU President Michael Rao became the fifth president of Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health System in 2009.

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture that Brings out the Best in People
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Donna Hicks’ two decades of experience using dignity to resolve conflict -- between people and nations -- in the U.S., Columbia, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cuba, and Northern Ireland, serve as the foundation for her insightful presentations and workshops. She reveals the profound truth about human nature and relationships, enabling you to:

  • create a culture of dignity, social justice, and personal accountability
  • heal workplace conflict in a safe and productive manner
  • facilitate positive relationships at an individual, group, and organizational level
  • transform institutional policies and common practices  
  • develop leadership practices that embody the elements of dignity


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Morning Reflection and Discussion Break
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10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
ICFAD’s Global Connections Committee presents:
Global Consciousness is an important first step in sustainability of international relations. Through the pandemic, we experienced the benefit of peer knowledge and experience as ICFAD members shared ideas and strategies to navigate the changes and opportunities in the arts in higher education. Sustaining engagement with trusted colleagues allowed us to embrace new knowledge and provide innovative solutions addressing challenges we faced. This conference session will allow us to hear from international colleagues about the struggles they continue to face. We will be able to consider how we might all be more helpful to each other and what resources we may all share.

Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, Networking, Award Presentation
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The Award for Arts Achievement and Excellence honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant advancement or support of the arts on an international, national or regional scale. The recipient who has contributed significantly toward the advocacy, support, visibility or creativity within the arts is recommended to the ICFAD Board of Directors by executive arts administrators from the conference host institution.

Remarks by Award Recipient Edwin Slipek
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Edwin Slipek is an architectural historian and architecture critic. For 25 years, he has served as an adjunct instructor at VCU School of the Arts. He is the senior contributing editor at Style Weekly and a co-founder and co-editor of Architecture Richmond, an online encyclopedia of local architecture and landscape design. In 2018, Style Weekly was awarded the American Institute of Architects' Virginia society AIA Virginia Honors award for "heightening the awareness among the general public as to the importance and impact of good design." This award was in large part due to Slipek's contribution as the magazine's long-standing architecture critic.

A Richmond native who studied both at Boston University and VCU, Slipek has nurtured a wider appreciation of his hometown’s architecture through passionate writing and teaching. Slipek’s work unspools the story behind countless structures in Richmond, new and old. His community outreach through lifelong learning programs such as the Commonwealth Society at VCUarts has ensured that anyone, regardless of age or pedigree, can participate in discovering their community's history.

He has taught classes such as HEAVY METAL: AN EXPLORATION OF RICHMOND’S PUBLIC MONUMENTS, which delves into Richmond's fascination with memorializing the past and explores ways forward.

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
De-Commemorating on Campus, a panel presentation
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In reaction to a movement against racial injustice, college leaders are reconsidering the names of campus buildings and monuments that memorialize white supremacists. Re-aligning statements against racial injustice with action by removing reminders of white supremacy on campus involves thoughtful and collaborative dialogue; interaction with historical and community organizations; attention to inclusive processes and practices; expansion of commemorative landscapes; consideration of emerging processes including audits and land acknowledgments, and more. These panelists, in conversation with
Carmenita Higginbotham, Dean, VCUarts, will share their leadership experiences and comment on the role of the arts in the process of healing. 

  • Meg Mulrooney, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Equity, James Madison University
  • Aashir Nasim, VP for Inclusive Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Louis Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia


2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Reflection and Discussion Break
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3:00 - 4:25 p.m.
Roundtable Presentations
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Please plan to converse with colleagues as you attend three sessions at 25 minutes each. A summary of the offerings can be found on its own webpage.

4:55 p.m.
Please meet in the lobby for a 5:00 p.m. bus departure for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Our route will take us along Richmond’s Monument Avenue, America’s most controversial street. Each bus will be hosted for conversation about historical and current perspectives.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Arts Reception
Marble Hall, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Welcoming remarks by Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education will include comments about Rumors of War, conceived by Kehinde Wiley as a direct response to the Confederate statues that lined Monument Avenue. Proudly mounted on its large stone pedestal, the bronze sculpture commemorates African American youth lost to the social and political battles being waged throughout our nation.

Please enjoy dinner on your own.

Friday, October 8, 2021


6:00 a.m.
Meet in the lobby of the Richmond Marriott for morning exercise through one of two walking tours hosted by a colleague from VCUarts.
With the Virginia Capital Trail anchoring the eastern end of downtown’s Riverfront and Belle Isle on the west, you have access to several miles of trails and pathways. We’ll enjoy the historic Canal Walk, a 1.25-mile centerpiece. Stroll the Canal Walk that was originally surveyed by George Washington with ICFAD colleagues. Stroll through history, interacting with the exhibits and art, as well as learning from the historic markers.

Understand Richmond’s history of involvement in the slave trade. Reflect on the city’s history and race relations today. This walking tour commemorates the injustices experienced by enslaved Africans coming to and through Richmond.

8:00 a.m.
Please meet in the lobby for transportation to the historic campus of University of Richmond.

8:30 - 9:10 a.m.
Breakfast at the Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond
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9:10 - 10:10 a.m.
University of Richmond’s Burial Ground Memorialization Committee
Ed Ayers and Lauranett Lee are part of a team committed to engaging a range of stakeholders in discussions about memorializing the enslaved who lived and labored on grounds that are now the University of Richmond campus. The ground where it is believed some of the enslaved laborers are buried is also part of the complex history of this land. Working with a facilitator, the Committee has created opportunities for campus and community members, including descendent communities, to discuss historical research, share additional information, and inform memorial recommendations. An interactive process of sharing, listening and seeking input included being advised by a range of experts, including a design expert to consult on creating an enduring physical monument.

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Arts Immersion / Experiential Learning
You choose:


11:00 a.m.
Please be on the buses to depart University of Richmond.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
As we return to the Richmond Marriott, we will explore some of Richmond's most historically significant neighborhoods and discover beautiful murals, painted by local and visiting artists. 

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Annual Meeting for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans
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1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Arts and Health Intersections
Creative practice related to health resonates strongly as practitioners adopt community-based focus striving to support social justice and affect positive change in communities across North America. The arts are impacting the face of health care in several distinct ways including promoting self-expression and therapeutic processes; supporting social citizenship and attachments to place; enriching understanding of the importance of culture as knowledge production; and working to educate health professionals. This afternoon’s panelists will share. They include:

  • Aaron AndersonAssociate Chair and Head of Undergraduate Studies for the Theatre Department, Founding Director of the Standardized Patient Program in the School of Medicine, and Instructor for the Executive MBA program in the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Anne F. Hogan, Dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Acting Director of the UofM Institute for Art and Health University of Memphis
  • Jill Sonke, Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine


2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Reflection and Discussion Break

2:45 p.m.
VCU Campus and Community Tours
Please choose one. Tours depart from the lobby of the Marriott hotel. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Community Engagement
At VCUarts, creativity is leading design solutions in our community and businesses worldwide. Visit VCUarts’ middle Of broad (mOb) studio, where students from graphic design, fashion design, and interior design engage with community partners to solve issues that impact the citizens of Richmond.

Arts and Health
Faculty members from VCUarts are leveraging their creativity and innovative technology to solve society's most pressing challenges. Many are engaged in collaborative, cross-disciplinary partnerships with VCU’s leading medical center. On this tour of the VCU Center for Simulation & Patient Safety, you will learn how faculty are providing training in communication and clinical empathy to healthcare professionals.

Global Creative Practice
Visit VCUarts' Murry N. DePillars Building and Kinetic Imaging where faculty are driving global creative practice. You will meet faculty working on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice, as well as faculty crossing disciplines in new hybrid models that break down traditional academic silos.

Jackson Ward and the Hippodrome Theatre
Known for its African-American heritage, lively Jackson Ward is home to the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, the Victorian mansion home of the civil rights activist. The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia offers interactive exhibits, and there’s live music at the iconic Hippodrome Theater. Tables fill quickly at famed soul food restaurants, and indie galleries fill the area.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Closing Reception in Richmond's Arts District
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Please walk to 319 West Broad Street. Afterward, please enjoy dinner on your own.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting with Committee Chairpersons

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting

Richmond Arts 


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.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, will take place October 8 - 10, 2021, along Downtown Richmond's riverfront. Read more.

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.

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)