Events & Exhibits
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Exhibit: The Hope Tree Project
Daily, April 30 - July 4
Included with Garden admission; the last day of the exhibit July 4 is a free admission day at the Garden
Students from around the Richmond metro area will be expressing their hopes and dreams in a Latin American-inspired art installation in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden April 30 – July 4. Called The Hope Tree Project, the exhibit is being organized by Richmond author Meg Medina.
Medina is working with area high schools to decorate five crape myrtle trees in the Children’s Garden with foil symbols expressing the students’ hopes, dreams or aspirations for themselves or their community. The artwork is fashioned after traditional milagros and is related to Medina’s newest young adult book is The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Candlewick Press. Medina’s books for children have earned numerous awards and recognitions, including the prestigious 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award.
Selections from the installation will also be displayed at Richmond City Hall in September and October for Hispanic Heritage Month. The Hope Tree Project is in conjunction with Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts 2012, a statewide collaboration of artists, arts organizations and other institutions (details at artsva.org).