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Eva DeVirgilis | Virginia Women’s Monument | Capoeira | Valentine Museum

Virginia Women’s Monument

Find out how actor, writer & makeup artist, Eva DeVirgilis, made it her mission to connect and empower women and stop them from apologizing for misconceived appearance flaws with a one-woman show that she took around the world. She came up with this idea when she realized nearly every woman who sat in her make-up chair apologized about an aspect of their appearance no matter how traditionally beautiful they were. And the apology goes beyond that - many women feel defeated for not meeting appearance expectations set up often by men. Her message is delivered in an understanding and comical way - yet is very serious and important.

The Virginia Women’s Monument is the nation’s first monument created to showcase the remarkable women who made significant, but often unrecognized,contributions in a variety of fields and endeavors over the 400-year history of Virginia. When completed, the monument’s 12 bronze statues, along with a Wall of Honor inscribed with the names of 230 women, will help tell the whole story about the diversity of achievement, ethnicity and thought that has shaped the Commonwealth. Amy will talk with the Women’s Monument Commission about the importance of this monument & profile a few of the 7 statues being revealed for the first time the day prior.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art. A tight-knit community practices it in Richmond. They bring combat, music, and dancing to life. The group holds events at the 17th Street Farmers Market to make Capoeira accessible to anyone who wants to try it. They play Brazilian instruments that many people have not seen before and include acrobatics in their practice. Amy learns a few moves too.

Virginia Currents takes a look inside the Valentine Museum to experience their unique approach to sharing Richmond’s diverse and broad history. Find out how they use different exhibitions and galleries not only as a conduit to tell Richmond’s history but also as a tool to spark conversations within the local community that could lead to positive local impact and generate global change.