Ep. 16: Lindsey Leach on trauma informed council for children, systematic racism in Richmond, VA, revisioning history


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Episode 16 of the Ground Shots Podcast.

This episode is a conversation with Lindsey Leach, who lives in Richmond, Virginia. I recorded our conversation this past October, while I was doing a printmaking residency in Petersburg, Virginia at Cornmeal Press, the studios of Aimee Joyaux, our guest from Episode 14. When this interview was recorded, Lindsey was working as the Development Manger at ChildSavers, an organization dedicated to the mental wellbeing of children in the greater RVA area.

In addition to talking about the work of the organization ChildSavers, we chat about:

the importance of trauma informed council for children

the history of the deliberate concentrating of poverty in black communities in Richmond, VA

how a history of systematic racism is reflected in the present day reality of the city

ways that schools are still segregated

how trauma affects the body

the link between trauma and systematic racism

the need to remove the confederate statues on Monument Ave in Richmond, VA

reevaluating southern identities that revolve around a selectively curated storytelling of the past

the importance of representing and telling all stories of the past and present for a more accurate representation of the lived human experience in the RVA area

having civil conversations with people who you don’t agree with

how Richmond is making changes to acknowledge the history of all people who lived and live in the city (links to some of these things are found below)


To go along with this episode, Lindsey, who is an avid reader, put together an epic book list that relates to the topics we touch on in this conversation, found on the Ground Shots Project Patreon membership page.


As of February of this year, Lindsey accepted a position at United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as Senior Development Officer. Now she heads up fundraising for UNOS, the nonprofit that manages the nation's only organ transplant system. She continues to support ChildSavers and is involved in her community through board service for ReEstablish Richmond which is a local nonprofit that helps refugees establish roots, build community, and become self-sufficient. In addition to her nonprofit work, Lindsey is an artist. You can view her portfolio linked below and learn about her psychic landscapes depicting the inner world of emotions.

The additional music for this episode is by Ted Packard. Ted is a nature connection educator, artist and musician who runs a Patreon for his creative projects which also expand beyond music, the link to his page can be found in the show notes below.


Lindsey's artist portfolio: https://everavidart.com/

ChildSavers: https://childsavers.org/

ReEstablish Richmond: https://www.reestablishrichmond.org/

Virginia Museum of History and Culture: https://www.virginiahistory.org/ The American Civil War Museum: https://acwm.org/ Black History Museum: http://www.blackhistorymuseum.org/ The Valentine: https://thevalentine.org/ The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is putting on this upcoming show in Richmond called "Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South." https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/cosmologies/ An article about the Maggie walker statue Lindsey mentions: https://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/maggie-walker-statue-unveiled-saturday-in-richmond/article_042f028e-045c-5777-98bf-31cb8ac56e7b.html A website on the complex history of the 'monuments' on Monument Ave. : https://onmonumentave.com/


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Theme music: 'Sweat and Splinters' by Mother Marrow

Additional music: 'Philosophers of Yeardley Drive: Graduates of the Grapefruit' by Ted Packard

Produced by: Opia Creative

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