September | 2020
What's the 2501?
Dear MAPS Member,
Often, times of challenge help us refocus. That is the case for The Branch. We have enjoyed 3 beautiful exhibitions this summer, but we’ve also realized that the traditional museum indoor experience is not what people are looking for right now. Given that fact, some careful consideration has ensued for our Board and staff. We have decided to close our museum galleries until at least the end of the year. This decision gives us the ability to refocus our efforts on projects and ideas that we have long considered but not had the bandwidth to pursue.
I am excited by the prospects of what we are undertaking, and I hope you will be as well. You are going to see a robust array of webinars on a wide variety of topics. We will seek to give you insight into challenging topics, and take you deeper into projects like our renovation than we could ever do in person. Announcements on those programs will start next week and continue into the fall.
In addition, we are refining our special event and meeting rentals to accommodate smaller, socially distanced meetings, events and weddings. Our beautiful and spacious building is a perfect venue for those who are going forward within the requirements of the “new normal.”
We all look forward to the time when we will feel comfortable to return to our galleries with new and exciting exhibitions and in-person activities indoors. However, I hope you will join us as we look at new ways to explore challenging topics in architecture and design, and participate with us in an expanded and stimulating dialogue.
Penelope C. Fletcher
Executive Director
Upcoming Webinars
Keep an eye on our website and social media for our exciting schedule of fall webinars. Two series will run from Fall 2020 through Spring 2021 — Architecture in Dialogue and The Branch House: Renovating for Our Second Century. Other topics will fill out the most comprehensive lecture series in our history. 

Dialogue with Artists – A Webinar Series

Kicking off our 2020-2021 lectures next week is a webinar with Frank Harmon, FAIA, on September 10 at 6:00 PM. Harmon will share excerpts from his book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, and examples of his own architectural work to illustrate how sketching “as a way to see” enhances the grace with which we observe and appreciate all sorts of “native places”.
Next week we will be announcing the second in our Dialogue with Artists Series. Ed Pokoj, creator of Ody the Outsider, the Trojan horse that livens up our front courtyard will be talking about Ody and his other work as an illustrator. Watch for details next week!
House Tours
Don't forget, our House Tours are back! Come and see parts of the house not usually seen by the public, learn about the architecture, and hear about the family that once lived here.
How Can You Support The Branch?
Your support helps make The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design’s educational and exhibition programs possible. It is also vital to the care and preservation of our historic home. One of the ways you can support us is through Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5% of your eligible Amazon Smile Purchases to charitable organizations, including The Branch Museum!
Last Chance to See the Current Exhibitions
Closing September 13th!
Listening Theaters: The Sounds of Iconic Landscapes and Architectural Spaces

This exhibition explores how listening to these created spaces can inspire creativity, imagination and discovery of the surrounding world through animated soundscapes.
VA Made: Meditation Across Media

VA Made is organized around various and diverse things; it features art forms in media that are generally not exhibited together, including pictures, sculptures, jewelry, furniture, and other “functional” objects. 
Cub Creek: Twenty Years Together

Cub Creek: Twenty Years Together highlights the diverse work of residents and founding members and heighten awareness of the only residency program exclusively for the ceramic arts in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The Branch Museum
of Architecture and Design
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 655-6055