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May 2018 Branch Museum Newsletter
Even though I get to participate in the planning of the exhibits and programs, I’m always amazed when I see the newsletter come together and realize what a varied offering we have at The Branch. In June we are offering a panel discussion that highlights the history and future of Richmond’s own Virginia Union University. This month, My Superhero Self: Girls CAN! highlights a beautiful program that the Chester Family YMCA provides to empower young women. This summer, our Architecture Camp sessions are filling up with excited participants as we celebrate our expanded mission to engage a younger audience! Come visit and see the ways that we continue “Branching Out”!
Penny Fletcher
Executive Director
My Superhero Self: Girls CAN
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. 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.
Intern Spotlight: Caroline Gaenzle
The Branch Museum is thankful for our interns! This month we’re highlighting the work of Caroline, our Spring 2018 Museum Collections Intern. Caroline has spent the past four months organizing, researching, and moving our house objects – the permanent collection of The Branch Museum -- in to clean and secure storage. Caroline will enter the UVA School of Architecture this fall! 

If you are interested in interning with The Branch for Summer 2018, we are currently looking for interns in the following areas: Communications, Development, and Museum Collections.
Girls CAN Opening Reception
Saturday, May 12
Noon - 3 p.m.
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!
Summer Architecture Camp
Remember Spring Break Architecture Camp? It was a wild success!! Visit our album on Facebook to see more of what our campers did over spring break. For summer sessions of camp, our camp curriculum will be even more robust! Campers will learn about The Branch House, different styles of architecture and construction, and visit buildings and bridges in Richmond. Campers will meet with professionals from across the design and construction fields, and get hands-on with different construction materials. Campers will sketch, present their work and ideas, and work collaboratively throughout the week.
BMAD Design Build Challenge: Meggie Kelley's porch
This structure brings attention to the porch as a meaningful connection between buildings and their city with the ever rising of air-conditioning, televisions, and computers drawing people further inside their homes. 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. Join us on the porch this summer!
Virginia Union University and Industrial Hall
Photos courtesy of Virginia Union University
Join us for a panel discussion focusing on Virginia Union University, its history and the 1899 Industrial Hall. Industrial Hall is one of the original nine buildings on VUU’s campus designed by noted architect John H. Coxhead. A two-phase rehabilitation project will restore this building into a center for arts and creativity which will house VUU’s growing art collection. The rehabilitation and conversion of Industrial Hall gives VUU the opportunity to design a campus for the future, while also highlighting its significance as Richmond's only historically black college to have had both an academic and manual/industrial emphasis.
June 7, 2018
Reception 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Program 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person, pre-registration required

Moderator: Cyane Crump, Executive Director, Historic Richmond

Lisa Winn Bryan, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, VUU

Emily Hogan, Associate, BCWH

Charles D. Piper, Principal, BCWH
(photos by Betty Clicker Photography)
Did you miss Brunch at The Branch? The Branch Museum had 150 people and 22 sponsors for their inaugural event where they awarded the first Virginia by Design Awards. Visit our Virginia by Design Event Album on Facebook .

Current Exhibits
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. On view April 16 - May 20.

VCU Theater MFA Candidacy Work
VCU’s Theater MFA Program will be exhibiting the work of their first-year students as part of their MFA Candidacy presentations. On view May 1 - May 13
Upcoming Exhibits
Starting in June, designer and jewelry-maker Cynthia Myron will be The Branch's summer artist-in residence, responding to the orginial John Russell Pope plans of the Branch House, and the carved stone and wood details found around the property, Myron will work at The Branch and have drop in hours!

Coloratura: 35 Year Retrospective
On view June 19th – August 18th in the main galleries
Image: Balancing Act, Catherine Roseberry, Coloratura