Summer Gala 2021
This year, for the FIRST time ever, we are hosting an event to raise money for the incredibly significant work that we do all throughout the year. We Are NOT the MET Gala will be held on July 16, 2021, in Farmville, Virginia. Inspired by the The New York Metropolitan Museum’s annual fashion-forward gala, We Are NOT the MET will be a celebration— the VCBF may not be as glamorous or stylish as the Met, but for tens of thousands of children across the state and country, attending the VCBF is the event of the season-if not the year!
Why an avant-garde event for the Virginia Children's Book Festival?
VCBF is the very definition of avant-garde. We don't do things the way anyone else does. Our mission to help children become lifelong readers depends on our doing things differently.
We don't put authors behind a lecturn to read books to children. Our authors come down off the stage to work WITH the children in dynamic and original ways.
We want all our supporters to experience what it's like to be a part of the VCBF, to constantly do things in new and exciting ways. So please join us at our We are NOT the MET gala, and be inspired and inspire others.
So find your best avant-garde outfit and prepare for the paparazzi! We can't wait to see what you put together!
WHEN: July, 16, 6 PM - 11 PM
WHERE: Radcliffe Hall, 310 Buffalo Street, Farmville, VA
DRESS CODE: Formal evening attire event; avant-garde flair encouraged (no matter what you have on, we want you there!)
• Live Music with Shades of Grey
• Author program with Jay Cooper and Pablo Cartaya
What would your favorite children’s book characters wear to the Met gala? We’ve asked our illustrators to not just imagine it, but create it. The industry’s most successful illustrators are creating original, one-of-a-kind pieces to benefit the VCBF. From two-time Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall, to beloved “Arthur” creator Marc Brown, you won’t want to miss bidding on these original works of some of children’s literature’s most beloved characters dressed to thrill.
A Snowy Day
A Wrinkle in Time
Brown Girl Dreaming
Harriet the Spy
*Pull from your own closet, a friend’s closet, or partner with one of our sponsoring designers or boutiques to create a fashionable mannequin to adorn the front lawn at the Gala.
Agent Rhodes Martin
Sayler's Creek Construction
Julie & Griff Aldrich
David & Patricia Crute
Julie & Guy Dixon
Connor & Robert Fralin
William & Susan Lancaster
Marlo & Taylor Reveley
Registration numbers will be limited depending on current Virginia COVID-guidelines.