» Southeast Greenway Gateways

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’re partnering with the Southeast Neighborhood to strengthen some neighborhood gateways along the Roanoke River Greenway.  This section of the greenway is already beautiful, historic, and accessible to the neighborhood. For visitors using the greenway, it can be an introduction to Southeast Roanoke. There’s a lotContinue reading “» Southeast Greenway Gateways”

» On the Podcast: The Women of Alma Ensemble

Alma Ensemble formed as an avenue for three musicians to make music together.  The collaboration has grown to commission music for their own performance, but also for an upcoming world premier to be performed by Roanoke City Public Schools students.  Sarah Wardle Jones, Erica Sipes, and Michelle Smith Johnson “borrow confidence from each other,” asContinue reading “» On the Podcast: The Women of Alma Ensemble”


Josh Nolan’s Floating, Together is the first mural funded under a new pilot program by the Roanoke Arts Commission. The public/private funding strategy triples a city investment in getting more public facing art in place by partnering with interested property owners and neighborhood or business associations. Learn more about the ART IN PLACE program here.Continue reading “» FLOATING, TOGETHER by Josh Nolan”

» New program puts ART IN PLACE

In 2021, the City of Roanoke began a pilot public/private partnership strategy to encourage public facing art on private property. Dubbed ART IN PLACE, the program requires a 2 to 1 match provided by the property owner and a neighborhood or business association. To date, three projects have received approval from the Roanoke Arts Commission:Continue reading “» New program puts ART IN PLACE”

» SWVA Realness on the Podcast with The House of Expression

Garland Gravely founded House of Expression in 2019.  Part of the global ballroom culture that’s grown over the past century, the house structure emerged in the 1970’s in New York City. On October 23rd, the House of Expression will host SWVA’s first mini-ball. Listen to our conversation with Garland Gravely to learn about the creativeContinue reading “» SWVA Realness on the Podcast with The House of Expression”

» Play BINGO!

Celebrate our arts and cultural scene by getting out to performances, museums, lectures, and creating something new. They are all fun activities that make life richer all around. Plus you can win prizes. You can still register your cards. There will be one more drawing on November 16. Congratulations to our winners to date: RachelContinue reading “» Play BINGO!”

» Artists at work on designs for the GRANDIN ART WALK

OVERVIEW The Roanoke Co+op, the Roanoke Arts Commission, and the Grandin Village Business Association are seeking exhibition-ready installation pieces and will unveil the Grandin Village Art Walk in the spring/summer of 2022. The project will be a multi-mural installation comprised of nine (9) separate murals to be installed on the south facing wall of theContinue reading “» Artists at work on designs for the GRANDIN ART WALK”

» Home sought for Eaton’s “Chairway to Heaven”

Chairway to Heaven is a site-specific installation at Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge, in Roanoke, Va. It was originally made for the Laybrinth Exhibition as part of the 2011 Marginal Arts Festival, but was retained by the church as a permanent installation. The church will no longer be have access to the space, so a new homeContinue reading “» Home sought for Eaton’s “Chairway to Heaven””


What does it mean to be compassionate and welcoming in a diverse community?  We asked Roanoke area artists to share work that reflects on that question. The wide-ranging responses came from professional artists with long-established careers and from emerging voices just setting out.  Not surprisingly, the answers involved their own processes—for an artistic practice can be aContinue reading “» WELCOME TO ROANOKE Exhibit”


Share your images of Roanoke as a compassionate, diverse, and welcoming community. Submissions due at midnight on Tuesday, August 31. The Roanoke Arts Commission seeks exhibition-ready art for a ten-month exhibit in the City of Roanoke Municipal Building.  The exhibition, Welcome to Roanoke: Images of a Compassionate, Diverse, and Welcoming Community will be curated byContinue reading “» ART CALL: WELCOME TO ROANOKE Exhibition”