“After one year of out-of-the-box ideas, reflection, and resilience,” writes Penn State broadcast journalism senior Callaway Turner, “the arts community in the Roanoke Valley has survived.”
As her senior thesis in the Schreyer Honors College, Turner completed a short documentary film featuring a look at the pandemic shifts and recovery readiness of Roanoke’s arts communities.
RECOVERING TOGETHER: ROANOKE ARTS COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SURVIVE PANDEMIC features Southwest Virginia Ballet, Mill Mountain Theatre, the Grandin Theatre, Jefferson Center, Blue Ridge PBS, the Taubman Museum of Art, Michael Hemphill of Buzz4Good, artist Daniel Kuehl, and others.
Callaway graduates next month, and this demonstration of her skills indicates that the four years was well worth the investment. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, she found her love for documentary storytelling working as a junior editor for 5Points Creative, a full-service marketing agency in Roanoke.