Myles Brown ‘15 will partner with mural artist Hamilton Glass to highlight Black community stories through video storytelling.
StC alumnus and filmmaker Myles Brown ‘15 is teaming up with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for its annual RVA Community Makers 2023 event in February. As a part of the museum’s celebration of Black History Month, the locally-focused art project highlights Black voices and history in the making around the Richmond area.
Brown, who visited campus last year to screen his short film, “Journey,” will bring his video storytelling skills to highlight the 2023 event honorees, including artist and historian Janine Bell, civil rights leader and radio host Gary Flowers, and the women behind the Jackson Ward Collective, who champion Black entrepreneurship in Richmond.
“I’m hoping to bring an artistic, cinematic style to the production and tell a relatable narrative that inspires people to take action,” said Brown. “My work is grounded in community psychology and based around bringing people together,” said Brown. “I found that a very powerful way to do that is through authentic storytelling.”
For Brown, working on this project is closely linked to his identity as Black man and as a native Richmonder, and he hopes that his work has a positive impact on the community. “These narratives really caught my eye because as a Black resident of Richmond, I started walking the slave trails, asking questions and learning more about my history and heritage,” said Brown. “The people I’m highlighting foster Black community enrichment, so I want to tell their stories the best I can and build a sense of empathy.”
Richmond mural artist Hamilton Glass, who’s worked with StC before, leads the RVA Community Makers project, which is now in its fifth year. Glass has collaborated with Brown before and is looking forward to working with the filmmaker again. “What excites me about working with Myles is his desire to expand stories and his talent for looking at the subjects of his films not just as narratives but as people.”