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RVA Magazine was launched in April 2005 as a full color publication with a focus on street art, trendsetting local music and counter culture ideas coming from the Richmond, Virginia area. It was founded by R. Anthony Harris and Jeremy Parker. The mission of RVA Magazine is to cross-pollinate cultures and encourage the spread of new ideas in Richmond, VA. The magazine was the first to use and has been credited with popularizing the term "RVA", which became the city's official moniker around 2012, and stands for a progressive, diverse and creative city.

Richmond, Virginia Capital of Virginia

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond Region. Richmond was incorporated in 1742 and has been an independent city since 1871.

Virginia State of the United States of America

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2018 is over 8.5 million.

In addition, R. Anthony Harris and RVA Magazine has also been involved in creating and marketing culturally relevant events like the annual week long Halloween idea - Halloweek started in 2006, launched the first citywide New Year's Eve celebration Carytown New Year's Eve in 2006-2007 that drew over 22,000+ attendees and regional recognition, RVA NYE in 2015 on Brown's Island attended by over 14,000 people+, and was instrumental in the launch and support of The Richmond Mural Project by Art Whino in 2012 that brought international attention to the city's growing street art scene. The magazine was the first city publication to support the then fledgling but culturally important First Friday Arts Walk initiative back in 2006.

Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District in Richmond, Virginia. Located near The Fan District, the district has an eclectic flavor and includes over 230 shops, restaurants, and offices. The area is also home to one of the city's institutions, the Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928.

Art Whino is an art gallery at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Its primary objective has been to provide exposure to artists of the Lowbrow art movement since its inception in 2007. The gallery space has exhibitions featuring talent from across the U.S. and abroad, as well as publications and specialty toy merchandise pertinent to Newbrow culture and related underground art movements. Art Whino avidly participates in the Washington, D.C. art scene, and other national art events such as Art Basel in Miami and New York Comic Con.

RVA is distributed free to the public in print form and in digital formats through their webpage RVAmag.com. RVA Magazine's parent company Inkwell Ventures also owns and operates Virginia's only LGBT news source, GayRVA.com.

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