"I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of movements – moments in time when small groups of people came together to pursue common goals. Most of us know about the Bauhaus, Cubism, the civil rights movement, the green movement and other movements that shaped our arts, our culture and our perspectives. I believe these movements happen and macro and micro scales all over the world. One such movement that has received deserved attention recently is the Richmond Creativity Movement. In a few short years, Richmond’s reputation has been transformed from a conservative town with deep divisions dating back to the dawn of America, to a forward-thinking urban melting pot, alive with arts, culture and innovation. There’s no record book that chronicles the small group of people who led the charge for Richmond’s transformation, but if a history of this movement were ever written, it would not be complete without a reference to Tony Harris. Though his work at RVA Magazine to his leadership with the Richmond Mural Project and so many other initiatives, Tony has been a tireless champion of creativity and innovation in Richmond. In a city where our leaders are trading in ties for tattoos, Tony Harris is a person you can count on to make things happen. And ‘making things happen’ is what movements are all about."
- Kelly O' Keefe, VCU Brandcenter
"Who would start a publication today? Honestly. That sounds like madness. But what Tony has created with RVA is not merely a publication. It is a movement built on the idea that the thriving creative community of Richmond needs a voice.
Successful people often have a myriad of skills, and Tony may be the only person I know fluent in both spreadsheets and full page spreads. He's a designer and creative leader capable of coaxing his staff to create publications that would make TASCHEN jealous. At the same time he can work with local businesses and business leaders to create cultural events celebrated city wide (and profits for RVA).
RVA is really a brilliant enterprise capable of influencing a city as much as the Village Voice or Austin Chronicle do in their respective towns. I stand in awe of what Tony has done with RVA and believe the city of Richmond is a better place because of his creative, cultural and capitalist sensibilities."
- Rad Tollet, formerly The Martin Agency and TBWA | Chiat
"Working with Tony to build Inkwell and RVA Magazine was one of the most exciting times in my career. Tony is unbelievably driven, and at times was able to grow the company by what seemed like sheer willpower and some great project management skills. He has an amazing ability to help local businesses see where they could use a creative spark and then reach into his network of arts people and pull together the right team. Richmond is lucky to have someone this talented and passionate working for the good of the whole community."
- Adam Sledd, MetLife
"R. Anthony Harris is a street-level culture guru and consummate tastemaker. His juggernaut lifestyle media brands, RVA Magazine and RVAMAG.com, have redefined the cuisine, nightlife, tourism, even political, landscape of the historically traditional East Coast city, Richmond VA. Through his endeavors, he has turned Richmond into a vibrant mecca for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
His leadership in his own companies plus his valued contributions to citywide events, festivals, infrastructure initiatives have gained him a seat at every table concerned with new, trending, and emergent counterculture lifestyle scenes. A mixture of refined taste, deep understanding of style tribe dynamics, and a flair for executing the impossible make him an indispensable asset, partner and advisor."
- Christian Detres, CD3 Productions
"Simply stated, Tony turns ambitious ideas that no one thinks is possible into success. As a supervisor, he provides an example in every capacity of his projects and then challenges his team to emulate his abilities. Front line, Field General, Commander in Chief. He's all of these things if he needs to be but he has no problem inspiring a fully capable and diversely talented team, freeing him up to lead. He is resourceful beyond comprehension and turns inspiration into everybody else's better reality. His expertise is multi faceted and he is unintimidated by challenges outside of his experience.
He's like Rambo. The only one crazy enough to pull off an objective against the odds when and where it is needed. He's succeeded from scratch in magazine publishing. That pretty much sums it up."
- Jeff Smack, Barber Martian Agency
"Tony gave me an amazing opportunity when I was a second year college student. Be a part of a brand new magazine and help get it out to the masses while learning everything you can absorb about the process. I definitely did. Tony was a great mentor in the field, teaching me much about the effort that goes into creating and publishing a great magazine. He was able to pick out tasks and strategies that specifically pushed me in the directions I needed to mature my skills. My time spent at RVA Magazine under Tony's direction is an invaluable part of my past and continues to drive my career forward."
- Peter Szijarto, The Boom Show
Carytown New Years Eve 2006 & 2007, RVA NYE 2015, RVA Music Festival 2012, Beer Fest! 2013, HALLOWEEK! 2007-present, RVAlution 2010-2012, and The Richmond Mural Project 2012 -2016.
MEDIA: RVA Magazine, Gungho Guides, Born Ugly, Chew On This, Vice
LIFESTYLE: Virginia Lottery, AT&T, Coors, Hennessey, Ciroc Premium Vodka, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Altira
ARTS: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Whino, First Friday RVA, Artspace Gallery, SW Arts Festival DC
LOCAL: Over 100 clients including Nissan Richmond, Carytown Merchants Association, Venture Richmond, 930 Club DC, Mekong, The Answer, Taboo, Sticky Rice, New York Deli, Portrait House, Hat Factory, Kabin DC, Social 52, Kulture, Bellytimber, En Su Boca, Weezie's Kitchen, Starlite, Lunch/Supper, Blackhand Coffee, BK Music, Capitol Mac, Kuba Kuba, Lift Coffee, Plan 9 music, Red Dragon Tattoo, Strangeways Brewing, The Village, World of Mirth, Katra Gala
Founder / Creative Director, RVA Magazine 2005 -present
RVA Magazine is THE culture rag for the mid-Atlantic. A regional force with national brand recognition, we have been the goto source for cultural relevant news out of Richmond, VA for close to a decade.
Check us out at www.rvamag.com
Cultural Liaison, Richmond Mural Project 2012 - 2016
The Richmond Mural Project has been transformational for the city. The 5 year project to curate 100 world class murals in a city with a growing but largely ignored creative community has given Richmond, VA instant international credibility. I am proud to have helped get this project off the ground and assist the team at Art Whino in bringing the best artists from around the world to our city.