Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia

by  HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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For centuries, murals have been painted on the walls and ceilings of tombs, palaces, churches, and other public buildings. A more recent phenomenon has turned the outside walls of buildings into works of art. These outdoor murals not only inspire awe by their scale and beauty, but serve as expressions of our history, aesthetics, and values. These projects have also done much to bring communities together by articulating their frustrations and dreams.

Fresh Paint features murals inspired by Virginia’s history. Ten of Virginia’s most talented mural artists were provided unrestricted access to the museum’s vast collection of books, letters, maps, artwork, photographs, and objects. Each selected items that interested them and used the stories they told as inspiration for an original painting reflecting the Commonwealth’s diverse history. 

This unprecedented exhibition explores the power of murals to encourage reflection of Virginia's past by inviting artist to produce works inspired by one or more historical items from the museum's collection, and in doing so examine our present and inspire us to think about ways we can shape the future. 

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Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $125.00
By Request: $125.00
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60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

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Program Details


1. This program begins with a short video about the Fresh Paint Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
2. We then discuss the process of finding inspiration for art, drafting mock-ups, and creating the murals.
3. We view up to ten Fresh Paint Murals and the objects that inspired them.
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
-explore the role of history in art
-engage in a discussion about artistic process and influence
-analyze artist statements and artwork
-develop an appreciation for artistic interpretation and historic events