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Unity Days 2019 Program and Public Safety Information
Director of Communications
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville invites the public to participate in upcoming Unity Days 2019 events happening during the July and August. Unity Days is a city-sponsored and community-driven series of more than 80 events designed to educate, inspire, and honor people in our community to move towards economic and racial justice.
Major Unity Days activities during August 10-12 include:
• Interactive art projects at Central Place on the Downtown Mall, Saturday August 10 from Noon to 6 p.m.
• C’ville Sing Out at the Sprint Pavilion, Saturday, August 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Call to Action Resource Fair in Market Street Park, Sunday, August 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Interfaith service at First Baptist Church on West Main Street, Monday, August 12 at 7 p.m.
Complimentary parking passes at the Market Street and Water Street garages will be available for guests attending Unity Days events on Saturday and Sunday.
During August 9-12, other community events will include Friday’s After Five at the Sprint Pavilion and the Saturday morning City Market.
Additional Unity Days events scheduled for the weekend of August 17-18 include:
• Family friendly block party at Washington Park, Saturday, August 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Made in Charlottesville – Reclaim Concert at Tonsler Park, Sunday, August 18 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Throughout the months of August and September there will be a photo exhibit on the exterior of the Violet Crown Cinema along Second Street, SW. INSIDE OUT: The People’s Art Project, features 120 faces of those working for racial and economic justice in our community. The complete calendar of activities and additional event details are available online at www.charlottesville.org/unitydays.
Public Safety Preparations
The City of Charlottesville is working closely with state and regional partners to ensure the public’s safety during this time of healing and reflection. We have a single unified and flexible plan to support the planned Unity Days activities and any other public safety needs in the region during August 9-12, 2019.
The Charlottesville Police Department has worked closely with the 19 citizens leading the Unity Days Action Committee during the past several months of planning for the community events.
Citizens of Charlottesville and visitors can anticipate seeing a softer police presence throughout the City, as compared to 2017-2018, with an emphasis on motorcycle, bicycle and foot patrols. Additional resources from the Charlottesville Fire Department and other agencies will be available to assist at local events to ensure the overall safety and security of our community.
The only anticipated street closures during August 9-12, 2019 will be the side streets around Market Street Park and the Fourth & Second Street crossings of the Downtown Mall. Market Street will remain open.
There are no anticipated schedule changes for any City Parks and Recreation programs during the weekend and Charlottesville City Hall will be open for business on Friday, August 9 and Monday, August 12.
Question & Answer Sessions
The community and media are invited to attend one of the following briefing opportunities to learn more about the public safety preparations:
• Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6 p.m. in City Space, 100 Fifth St. NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
• Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. in City Space, 100 Fifth St. NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Background on Unity Days:
In February, Charlottesville City Council approved Unity Days as a new recurring community event. City staff have supported a 19-person citizen planning committee which has identified programs intended to educate, inspire, and honor people in our community to create movement towards healing and unity on a path for economic and racial justice. In the first year of Unity Days, the community-driven planning effort has scheduled more than 80 events during May to August 2019. In future years, Unity Days will be every second weekend of August as a time to mark the anniversary of the events of August 11-12, 2017. When August 12 does not fall on the second weekend, such as in 2019 when it falls on a Monday, the City of Charlottesville shall also observe the anniversary of the that day during the week. Activities shall be scheduled by the City of Charlottesville in locations to include the Downtown Mall, McGuffey Park, Market Street Park, Court Square Park, and Fourth Street. For more information, visit www.charlottesville.org/unitydays .