Julie Crowder holds master’s degree in art education and teaches art at Fox Elementary School. She believes art can’t be contained in the classroom so she reaches into the community to create interactive experiences for her students. In February, Julie inspired an city-wide outpouring of hometown love with her project, RVA Valentines: Love Letter to Our City, which she launched on Facebook. She shares her art adventures with students on her daily blog, fromtheartroom.wordpress.com... Read More t

Bill Martin believes there’s more to Richmond history than Gillette gardens and equestrian statues. As director of the Valentine Richmond History Center, he brings cultural diversity and present day relevance to the museum-visitor experience. The center’s current exhibit, History Ink: The Tattoo Archive Project injects the city’s past into the ongoing urban conversation. With a degree in urban studies and twenty-five years in tourism and museum management, Bill brings the city to life for locals and visitors alike... Read More t

When Joey Cheek first put on skates, it was one of those rare moments where it feels like you’ve found the thing you were made to do. In 2002, he won his first Olympic medal, a Bronze, at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Four years later, he achieved the pinnacle of sport, winning the World Championships and Olympic Gold and Silver Medals at the 2006 Olympics Games in Torino, Italy. After winning the Gold in 2006, he announced he would be donating all of his Olympic bonus money to refugees fleeing the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Cheek co-founded Team Darfur, a coalition of Olympic and professional athletes focused on ending the genocide in Sudan... Read More t