Virginia Tapestry: Celebrating Diversity

Sharing stories about people, places, and communities

that celebrate and reflect the rich, diverse tapestry of Virginia and that encourage inclusion.


JULY 2018

Virginia Tapestry: Farm grown

Nothing says summer like fresh vegetables from your garden or from a nearby farmers market.

This year, Henrico County opened the Dorey Park Farmers Market in eastern Henrico. We’ve been there almost every week to support the efforts of all the vendors.

We discovered one of the stands was operated by the Community Food Collaborative, which has a farm at the county’s Fairfield Middle School.

MAY 2018

Virginia Tapestry: Time to Get Off the Couch and Get Moving

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Warm weather in Virginia means it time to head outside. It’s also a great time to get in shape after a long winter.

In Henrico County, there are plenty of places to go when you’re ready to get off the couch.

One of our favorites in Eastern Henrico is the recreation center that opened in 2017.

We did a tour of the center when it opened. Here’s a flashback to the story and video as it appeared in Urban Views Weekly.


MARCH 2018

Celebrating Our First Anniversary (March 4, 2017-March 4, 2018)

Here is a highlight video of some of our first year stories.




Virginia Tapestry: Tackling Tough Issues on Stage


There’s no argument. Chicago in the 1950s is a world away from what life is like there in 2018 or even what life is like here in Richmond.

However, there are enough of the same struggles, same questions and continuing conversations about poor, African American families. Enough similarities to make the Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of the classic play “A Raisin in the Sun” resonate with audiences in central Virginia.

This month, Virginia Tapestry partners with Urban Views Weekly on this article, which features two central Virginia artists, the play’s director, Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates (Dr. T) and and the male lead actor in the production, Jerold E. Solomon.


January 2018

Virginia Tapestry: A Bridge to New Things


Happy New Year!

Friends as we start a new year, In Your Shoes Media/Virginia Tapestry is exploring a new approach. We ask for your patience as we finalize the changes that we hope will be a bridge to many new things. Details to come


December, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Happy Holidays!

May I share this Christmas story video with you from the Virginia Tapestry archive? It was originally produced for the Henrico Citizen.


November 4, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Faces of Native Americans

Here’s a quick quiz. How many Native American nations or tribes are there in Virginia? What about in the U.S.?

The answer depends on who is doing the counting.  The federal government recognizes 567 tribes.  Most states including Virginia, recognize many more.

The diversity of those tribes was reflected on a small scale at a recent gathering in Henrico, Virginia.


October 19, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Unity

Politics can be divisive. Politics can be polarizing.

Some say that Americans are more divided now than we have been at almost any other time in our history.

Former President Obama spoke at a recent political rally held in Richmond. He had plenty to say about the candidates he was there to support.

He also wove in some themes of unity and the need for us to work together.

September  16, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Unity

When an out-of-state pro-confederacy group announced it was coming to Richmond, Virginia, several groups came together to plan counter events.

The organizing groups  included ones that have been involved in diversity, inclusion and justice issues in the region for years.

The coalitions for change worked to make a difference on this one day, but they say they’ll continue to work together on these issues.


August 2017

(Working on a special long-term project)

July 4, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Family & Business

Small business. Start-up. Entrepreneurial. Side hustle.

For many people, part of the American Dream means owning a business.

Georgie Lewis has lived that part of the American Dream. She’s owned a small business for more than two decades.

She knows that dreams don’t come without hard work.

May 6, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Que Pasa Festival of Virginia 2017

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Dancers of all kinds filled the streets along the canal in Richmond for the 2017 Que Pasa Festival of Virginia, which is presented annually by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

See more dancing during three live reports from the Festival.

April 30, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Dance

DeShon Rollins, a young African-American dancer from rural Southampton, Virginia, moves  to the stage as part of the Latin Ballet of Virginia with stops along the way at Virginia State University and New York City.

April 1, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Education

The cost of  college textbooks has increased by 73 percent since 2006, according to a survey by the Student PIRGs.

KLM Scholarship Foundation is doing something to help Virginia college students with the soaring cost of books.

The foundation held its 9th annual Black & White Affair at the Virginia Science Museum on April 1.

March 25, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: History

Virginia residents are surrounded by daily reminders of the Civil War. The battlefields, the monuments and street names reflect the state’s Confederate history.

It is our history.

So how much do you know about the state’s role in the Civil War and how much more are you willing to learn?

Would you go on a Civil War history tour? Why or why not? Would you attend if you were the only person of color on the tour?

March  7, 2017

Virginia Tapestry: Faces

As Virginia Tapestry travels around the state we meet and photograph hundreds of people in our diverse communities.  Here are just a few. How many of them do you know?

March  4, 2017


This is the first edition of Virginia Tapestry: Celebrating Diversity & Encouraging Inclusion. 

Some of you may be familiar with our name. In 2014, we produced a six-month long series with a similar name in collaboration with the Henrico Citizen and Urban Views Weekly.

This new video series is being produced solely by In Your Shoes Media. We eventually hope to add individual and group sponsors. When we do, we will expand our efforts. Until then,  we’ll bring you diverse and inclusive stories as we develop them.

In this segment of our first/relaunched edition we’re sharing our feature video story about an event in Chesterfield County where hundreds from central Virginia gathered to Stand Together.

If you like our stories, we hope you’ll tell us and tell others. Then subscribe to Virginia Tapestry and come back for more.


Standing Together RVA: Voices


Children played on the hill that sloped down from the Islamic Center of Virginia as their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and grandparents gathered in a wide crescent around a white canopy.

Some of the kids offered bottles of water and sweet dried dates to those along the edge of the crowd on this first Sunday in February.

From the front of the crowd, from under the canopy sheltering them from the afternoon sun, came the voices of religious leaders, elected officials and others who came together.

“Celebrating our nation’s diversity as a source of strength…”

See more of our video stories about Standing Together RVA.

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Watch more stories from our archive

Two Women Building for the Future

On the Air

Community Volunteers

Saying Hello in Many Languages

Doing Business in Tough Times

Tapestry of Culture

China via Virginia State University