Meet Our Speakers

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. When her third graders sketch horses, she invites mounted policemen to ride their “models” to school. Her collaboration with the Richmond Ballet enables students to draw dancers dressed in full costume with pastels.

Julie’s Forever Fox program provides free after-school art activities including the organization’s popular Belle Isle Gnome Home Build, Grandmother Goose Gingerbread House Build held at Retreat Hospital, and the Grandparents as Superheroes Art Show at United Way.  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.

See Julie’s TEDxRVA 2013 talk here