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Youth Create Art Objects With Bikes

Kadasjah Whitehurst, 16, paints a bicycle in the Richmond Cycling Corps Youth LAB. Photo by Courtney Cotton.

Kadasjah Whitehurst, 16, paints a bicycle in the Richmond Cycling Corps Youth LAB. Photo by Courtney Cotton

Group Continues to Use Bikes to Change Lives

The Richmond Cycling Corps is using the love of bikes to foster leadership and personal development with kids from underserved Richmond communities.

Through their LAB — Learning Around Bicycles –  program, founder Craig Dodson, teamed with Richmond artist Dan Sheets, has selected 10 team members who will paint bike frames with imagery representing facets of their neighborhood, family, school and the cycling corps.

Indoor programs such as bike painting keep the cyclists engaged during the winter downshift in outdoor activities.

According to their website, Richmond Cycling Corps:

 …use(s) cycling as our platform for CHANGE. We infuse ourselves; our passion, our values, our creativity, our drive, and our dedication into the lives of our youth. We have fun. We laugh. We teach. We learn.

For more information about the program, see the recent article by Richmond Times Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams.

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