Community organizing can take many forms, from civic engagement to the democratization of art. We all have a role to play in creating healthy, inclusive communities. This panel explores how local organizers shape their communities through youth civic engagement, exhibition of art, and cultural resource management. Attendees will come away with a better sense of how we can build into our communities through our own unique skills and passions. 


  • Justin Reid – Director, Community Initiatives, Virginia Humanities
  • Dani Rivera – Founder, Just Orange
  • Anna Pillow – Director, Arts Center in Orange
  • Mary Furlong Minkoff, Montpelier (Moderator)

This virtual event is free and open to the public. It is part of Montpelier’s month-long celebration of Constitution Day.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.