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capABLE photo exhibit

In partnership with The Next Move Program, a nonprofit organization that provides job training and related education to young adults with disabilities, the VMHC is displaying 13 portraits featuring remarkable and varied stories of individuals from the Richmond area as part of our Story of Virginia exhibition.



Representing 19% of the total population, the disability community is one of the largest minority groups in the United States. In Virginia, about 11% of the population has a disability. Many barriers exist for this community as they seek opportunities for employment, post-secondary education, financial independence, transportation, and housing.

Nearly two-thirds of Virginians with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 65 are unemployed. With limited opportunities for employment and accessible public transportation, poverty rates are higher for this population than most. When individuals with disabilities have access to proper supports and inclusive programming, they will thrive and have opportunities to fully participate in the community.


This exhibit features thirteen inspiring portraits of individuals with disabilities captured by six professional photographers. The exhibit represents the physical component of an educational social media campaign that demonstrates we are all capABLE. The story of each individual can be found online at http://www.thenextmoveprogram.com/capable/.

“As part of our commitment to presenting a historical narrative that includes all Virginians, we are excited to partner with the Next Move Program and to have the opportunity to feature these inspiring individuals as part of the Story of Virginia,” said Andrew H. Talkov, VMHC Vice President for Exhibition and Publications.

Individuals and photographers featured are as follows: 

  • Adeline Raquet by Luke Witt
  • Ajay Reddy by James Loving
  • Edward Bova by Luke Witt
  • Efren Calata by Luke Witt
  • Emily LeSueur by Jim Hale
  • Haley Judah by George Baskerville
  • James Farmer by George Baskerville
  • Madison Beale by Scott Elmquist
  • Mandy Marchiano by Scott Elmquist
  • Martiko Pierce by James Loving
  • Paul Marretti by Kourtney Smithson
  • Sarah Chenault by Luke Witt
  • Shaina Cilimberg by Jim Hale

Enjoy this interview with Nikki-Dee Ray on WTVR CBS6 about the exhibition:



  • Celebration and preview of the exhibit, hosted by CBS 6's Nikki-Dee Ray: June 14, 2018 (5:30-7:30 pm). 

Questions? Please contact:

Elizabeth R. Howley, M.A. Ed
Executive Director & Co-Founder
(804) 239-5792

Exhibition Information

Sat Jun 16 2018, 10:00amSun Mar 31 2019, 5:00pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
In Garland Gray Gallery (Story of Virginia)