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323 E. Freemason St.
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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Wednesday-Friday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
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About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

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One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

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Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

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Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
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Studio Team

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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Wednesday-Friday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Wedding & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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February 22, 2022

Chrysler Museum of Art Presents Exhibition that Uncovers the Untold History of YWCA South Hampton Roads

Laura Titus, image courtesy of YWCA South Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 21, 2022) – For more than 100 years, YWCA South Hampton Roads has strengthened social movements that eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.   However, the organization’s history that starts with the work of Laura E. Titus, a Black female philanthropist, has remained largely unknown. The Chrysler Museum of Art will showcase this story in Reckoning our History: The Untold Story of YWCA South Hampton Roads. The exhibition, on view Feb. 22–March 13 in the Museum’s Margaret Shepherd Ray Family & Student Gallery, will chronicle YWCA’s history with original paintings by artists from Teens With a Purpose, a Norfolk-based nonprofit organization that empowers youth to find self-assuredness through arts, education, community engagement and more.

With support from local artist Chris Green, the young artists convey their perspectives on YWCA South Hampton Roads’ previously untold history, depict the impact that YWCA South Hampton Roads and Teens With a Purpose are making in our community and present their vision for the future.

“The partnership with YWCA South Hampton Roads and Teens With a Purpose meets an essential part of the Chrysler’s mission to enrich and transform lives,” said Museum Director Erik Neil. “As the Museum endeavors to serve as a space for social engagement for the community, we are delighted to present the work by Teens With a Purpose to share a story that was not previously known to a wide audience. We hope this exhibition will inspire creativity, provoke thought about local history and foster enlightening discussions about diversity and the future of the community.”

For nearly 40 years, YWCA South Hampton Roads has provided emergency shelter for women and families facing crisis. The organization is now expanding its efforts as a direct-service provider — primarily focused on providing refuge to women and families escaping domestic and sexual violence — to an organization working at the intersection of racial-social justice and gender equity based on the mission established by its founder, Laura E. Titus. Previous accounts of YWCA’s history date the organization to 1911 and attribute its beginnings to a white philanthropist. However, Titus sought a charter in 1906 to begin what is now YWCA South Hampton Roads. The charter was approved in 1908 though Titus is not given credit in the historic record.

“YWCA South Hampton Roads is committed to uncovering our history to advance the full mission of our organization as we work to build an anti-racist community. We owe it to the legacy of Laura E. Titus, who blazed the trail to ensure all women had a place of rest in the Hampton Roads community. This is our opportunity to rectify our founding and demonstrate racial reckoning and the power of young people to heal our future,” said Michelle Ellis Young, YWCA South Hampton Roads’ CEO.

Chris Green has worked with Teens With a Purpose on numerous occasions over the years and especially enjoyed this opportunity to teach them about painting. “Art has enriched my life. Working with these young artists and seeing their passion for creating reminded me of why I originally fell in love with art,” Green said. “By working with Teens With a Purpose, I hope to have influenced a younger generation of artists to find their art voice.”

Working with Green has been truly impactful for the artists. His talent, passion and professionalism are important examples for the teens and show them what they can become.

“Ensuring marginalized young people have the opportunity to engage with highly skilled accomplished artists with similar life experiences and with whom there is shared culture and identity means they encounter their ‘possible selves’ each time they walk into the studio,” Love said. “He is the counter narrative. Our youth receive the message that they are likely to go to jail, drop out of school or underachieve. Chris Green is the example of what is possible in life and through art.”

Using their work to share YWCA South Hampton Roads’ story aligns with Teens With a Purpose’s mission to “create a platform that empowers young people to use their voice, creativity, reflection and action to affect personal growth, transform lives and impact communities.” The exhibition gives the youth an opportunity to tell their stories, recount histories that have been previously omitted, consider how stories are told and present information in new ways. “This partnership is a proud and humbling moment for us. This experience allows us to live our wildest dreams through this critical endeavor,” Love said.

 

Programming

ImmortALL: Hampton Roads Black History Lives Forever
Feb. 26
11 a.m.–2 p.m.│ Free

Artists from Teens with a Purpose will interpret the original works of art on view in Reckoning our History: The Untold Story of YWCA South Hampton Roads and other elements of Hampton Roads Black History through music, dance, and spoken word. The program will begin in Huber Court and culminate with a 1 p.m. performance in Kaufman Theater.
For the safety of everyone in our community, all visitors age 3 and up are required to wear a face mask in the Museum and Glass Studio, regardless of vaccination status. Prior to theater entry, please present proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Digital copies are acceptable.

ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.

ABOUT YWCA HAMPTON ROADS

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Since 1908, YWCA South Hampton Roads (YWCA SHR) is dedicated to the fullness of its mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA SHR is a source of strength, courage and empowerment for women and families facing crisis. We are a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through quality services responding to the critical needs of survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence. YWCA SHR works across racial, gender, religious and social lines with organizations, partners in all sectors to educate about disparities, advocate for change and provide resources and tools to dismantle oppressive systems.

ABOUT TEENS WITH A PURPOSE

Teens With a Purpose is a Norfolk-based creative youth development non-profit organization that was founded by Deirdre Love in 1996 and incorporated in 2007. Participants experience arts; education; youth development; and civic, social and cultural engagement through a peer-to-peer approach that empowers young people to find self-assuredness and support one another. As they learn to support each other, they are challenged to find, develop and publicly present their voices as creators of positive social change. Especially during this global pandemic, these programs offer catharsis. Teens With a Purpose strives to bring youth from different backgrounds together to explore the world and go beneath surface meanings and dominant myths to understand and bond in deep and meaningful ways.

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