Friday, May 8, 2009
This video is from VMFA's social capital luncheon in the Arts Café in April.
Social capital takes on greater meaning as we prepare for VMFA's grand re-opening next May. What is social capital, anyway? The central premise is that social networks have value. To learn more, click here.
Thus, hosting a luncheon at VMFA is more than sharing a salad or sandwich in the Café. It's harnessing the power of social networks to benefit the museum, particularly vibrant networks that exist in important constituencies that VMFA is eager to embrace. The ingredients are food, fun, fantastic art, fabulous people and a welcoming environment that transforms guests into members who claim the museum as myVMFA.
In February, VMFA's community affairs office hosted 30 professional women, mostly African American, to a dutch-treat networking luncheon in the Arts Café and enjoy the popular Labor and Leisure exhibit. The response was sensational! Those unable to come begged for an encore, and we eagerly responded again in April.
VMFA is the perfect place for professional women, particularly those involved in nonprofit and community-based circles, to enlarge their base of networks and contacts to move their organizations forward and to spread the word about VMFA. Newcomers to the Richmond area find these lunchtime connections helpful in building an information base to ease their transition in a welcoming way.
Join us for the next dutch-treat networking luncheon on June 11 from 12 to 2 p.m., just before the museum's galleries go off view to prepare for the grand re-opening in May 2010. The gathering is inclusive, so bring a friend or two. VMFA is increasing its social capital in the community, and we're promoting civic engagement through these networks to help talented professionals increase their social capital as well.
Carmen Foster, VMFA Director of Community Affairs
For more information on the June 11 luncheon, telephone (804) 340-1430 or click here to send an e-mail to Carmen Foster.