Richmond – A City Deeply Rooted in Arts & Culture

Incorporated in 1905, the Richmond culture changed with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Richmond Shipyards sprang up along the city’s waterfront. Workers poured into Richmond from all over the country quadrupling the city’s population to a peak of nearly 120,000 by the war’s end.

The deluge of new workers raised the city’s artistic metabolism. By 1945, eight movie theaters lined bustling MacDonald Avenue in downtown Richmond and African Americans from Texas and Louisiana brought with them a soul-stirring new music known as the Blues.

Today arts and culture continue to define this community, helping to shape its unique identity. Richmond strives to increase creativity throughout its community by letting it pour out onto the landscape, enriching the lives of everyone who touches its shores and connecting them with its culture.