Strong Girls Can Unite!
These superhero posters were completed by students in the Girls CAN program, run by the Chester Family YMCA in Chester, Virginia. Girls CAN is a girl empowerment group for elementary and middle school girls in Greenleigh Mobile Home Park. These group of girls are students in elementary and middle school. They completed this project with much enthusiasm. Demonstrating great effort and dedication, the students worked in their community at the Learning Cottage run by the YMCA.
 
In summer 2017, students in Girls CAN worked with two graphic designers, to create posters of themselves as superheroes. First, they pondered a problem in the world they’d like to fix and the outfits their superheroes would wear. Then they drew portraits of one another, collaged them, and added head gear and costumes. Finally, names were chosen and added using a unifying letter form system.
 
Las Niñas Fuertes Pueden Unirse / Strong Girls Can Unite
Los carteles de los Super Héroes y Heroínas de las estudiantes del programa “Niñas Poderosas” (Girls CAN), han sido completados. Los carteles fuerón patrocinados por el Museo de arquitectura y diseño de Branch (Branch Museum of Architecture and Design) y el YMCA para aquellas familias que viven en el área de Chester, Virginia. Este grupo de niñas (CAN) son estudiantes de escuela secundaria y primaria. Terminarón este proyecto con mucho entusiasmo. Demostrando gran esfuerzo y dedicación, las estudiantes trabajarón en su comunidad en el Centro Educacional YMCA, hubicado en las Casas Móviles en Greenleigh Park.
 
Durante el verano del 2017, las estudiantes de la agrupación Girls CAN trabajarón en conjunto con dos diseñadores gráficos para crear los carteles, que se basarón en ellas mismas, para crear su propio Super Héroe. Tomarón en consideración un problema que a ellas les gustaría resolver a nivel mundial. Desde ahí diseñarón sus propios uniformes y máscaras. Finalmente, usando un sistema unificador de formas de letra, eligierón los nombres que identificarán a sus Super Héroes.

April 30 – June 10 in the Great Hall at The Branch.
Girls CAN Opening Reception
Join us this Mother's Day Weekend for the Girls CAN Opening Reception. Celebrate the super heroes of Girls CAN and the Super Hero moms that raised them! Bring the whole family: we will have refreshments, music curated by Girls CAN and outdoor activities!
Saturday, May 12th
12-3 p.m.
Virginia by Design Awards Exhibit

The inaugural Virginia by Design Awards will be recognized with an exhibit highlighting the 2018 winning projects and designers!

May 1 - June 10 in the Social Gallery
ARC Park , Prize for Public Interest Design Honorable Mention
Design-Build Challenge: Meggie Kelley’s porch
This outdoor installation, on The Branch's front court, is the inaugural commissioned design-build challenge.

The porch functions as a transitional space between the private and public. Open and sociable, it is a shared area connecting the comforts of the home to the community outside. It is a place to rest and hang out on a hot summer day all while greeting the passerby. This pavilion structure attempts to bring attention to the porch as a meaningful connection between buildings and their city with the ever rising use of air-conditioning, televisions, and computers drawing people further inside their homes.

Meggie Kelley is an architect and architectural historian currently living and working in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Before her current position, she has practiced architecture in New York, London, São Paulo, and Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. She received her M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She received her B.Arch from Pratt Institute.
Covering: Layered Light, Texture and Motion
Hawa Stwodah presents Covering: Layered Light, Texture and Motion.
The series is comprised of five components that explore the use of light, texture and movement in surface design. Each of the five subject matters are connected to idea of the covering and seclusion. The space itself, the inner most sanctum of the building, was selected because of its location and sense of privacy.

Non-traditional materials contrast with quintessential motifs used for centuries by handicraft artisans. Spirals, whorls, and concentric circles intermingle with chevrons and diamond patterns, covering the surfaces of acrylic, silk georgette and muslin. Sensors and actuators control light and movement while screens distance the viewer form the object, obscuring vision and clarity.

Hawa Stwodah is an Afghan born designer and instructor based in the United States. She received her BFA and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, her career has spanned many sectors within the fashion industry, including fashion and textile design, product development, technical design and production, as well as retail purchasing and education.

April 16 – May 20
VCU Theater MFA
VCU’s Department of Theater MFA Program will be exhibiting the work of two students as part of their MFA Candidacy presentations. The exhibit includes projects carried out in Graduate Workshops and individual projects related to the students’ emerging thesis topics that will be pursued in their second year of study.
On view in the Long Gallery May 1 - 14.