Richmond Has Heart
The #RichmondHasHeart program was initiated in Spring 2020 in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The original objectives of the program included building community spirit and pride and amplifying actions happening organically across the community to show support for front line, essential services and health care workers, and first responders.
In 2021, using this unifying hashtag, City and community partners developed, promoted and showcased virtual and neighbourhood-scale activities that connected and engaged residents in a manner consistent with provincial health directions, while supporting local artists, businesses and community organizations.
Rediscover neighbourhood offerings, local artists and cultural experiences, and engage in uniquely Richmond conversations and activities through a range of programming under the #RichmondHasHeart umbrella.
Neighborhood Rain Murals
#RichmondHasHeart has launched Neighbourhood Rain Murals, an exciting new project that aims to reconnect residents with their communities using public art inspired by the city.
The eight neighbourhoods surrounding Richmond’s community centres (Cambie/East Richmond, City Centre, Hamilton, Sea Island, South Arm, Steveston, Thompson and West Richmond) will have up to 10 original designs stencilled onto sidewalks and public plazas. Using an eco-friendly hydrophobic paint, the designs will only be visible after it rains. The designs will be specific to each community it is located in, and will be created by a mix of professional artists and individuals across the city.
A map showcasing the location of each design will be available for download or pick-up at community centres in each neighbourhood in June. Residents, tourists, and more are encouraged to get outside, play in the rain and explore.
- Post a message or heart in your window as a sign of encouragement for your neighbours, front line workers and community
- Share a message of appreciation for frontline workers on your social media
- If you see something shareable in your neighbourhood, snap a photo and share
- DIY, we'd love to see your creative mind at work and how you show that #RichmondHasHeart
- Use the hashtag #RichmondHasHeart
- Tag @funRichmond on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
For this year’s BC Culture Days, local creative collective Barigord Studios produced a video that explores one Richmond family’s uncertainty after a long time spent avoiding crowds during the pandemic. All dance sequences were recorded with LEGO figures created by visitors to Richmond’s Culture Days launch event on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
Public Art Projects
Richmond’s Public Art Program launched four artist-initiated projects in 2020 as part of the #RichmondHasHeart campaign. The projects by local artists Keely O’Brien, Lou Sheppard, Denise Fong, Christy Fong and Marina Szijarto promoted mental health, well-being and creativity while maintaining physical distancing protocols and fostering community connections during this unprecedented, destabilizing and challenging time.
Eating in the Time of COVID
by Christy Fong and Denise Fong
Eating in the Time of COVID-19 is an online collection of stories, quotes, photos, poems and illustrations that captures culturally diverse and multigenerational experiences with food during the coronavirus pandemic. The project is ongoing until fall 2021 and will engage The Sharing Farm Society, Richmond Food Security Society, local farmers, grocery store owners, restaurateurs, food bloggers and the general public in Richmond, in answer to the question: How has your relationship with food changed since the pandemic? The website will function as the online exhibition and as a legacy piece to document the voices, feelings, and visual representations of the COVID-19 experience. A short video will also be produced and shown as part of the online exhibition. For more information on this project, visit: richmondfoodstories.ca
|Image credit: Keely O’Brien, "Dearest", 2021. Courtesy of the Artist.