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Extreme Heat, Climate Change, and Racial Equity

Friday, May 20 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the ICA and the Richmond Racial Equity Essays project for a special screening of the PBS Independent Lens documentary Cooked: Survival By Zip Code, followed by a panel discussion on the urgency of local climate action and equitable approaches to realizing a sustainable Richmond.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of the tragic 1995 Chicago heat wave, the most traumatic in U.S. history, in which 739 citizens died over the course of just a single week, most of them poor, elderly, and African American. Following the film, a panel discussion moderated by Ebony Walden and Dr. Jeremy Hoffman will explicate the linkages between what happened in Chicago over 25 years ago and what is still happening in Richmond in 2022. Panelists will highlight the efforts to mitigate extreme heat, climate change, and its distributed risks in Richmond’s communities of color from the institutional, community, and policy realms. The evening will conclude with an open forum for audience members to sign up for volunteer efforts aligned with these projects.

Can’t make it in person? Watch the event live on YouTube!


The Richmond Racial Equity Project was conceived in 2019 by urban planner and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant Ebony Walden. Collaborating with activist and urban farmer Chavis and Meghan Gough from VCU’s Wilder School, Walden created Richmond Racial Equity Essays (RREE), a multimedia project focused on racial equity In Richmond. RREEs capture voices from all walks of life and sectors in Richmond to explore what an equitable Richmond looks like, especially as it relates to racial equity, and highlights the strategies that will help us get there.

Gough solicited essays from a cross-section of 27 Richmonders who wrote about their visions of what a racially equitable Richmond would look like and offered their solutions for how we can get there. The essays, videos, and summit will culminate in a draft framework for advancing racial equity in the City of Richmond.

Institute for Contemporary Art
601 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220


RVA Arts District, RVA Downtown




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