» 10 things to be happy about from 2020

It’s been a tough year, but among the challenges, and even because of them, we’re finding a lot to be grateful for. Here are just ten things from 2020 that made us happy. The Star City Strong Recovery Task Force When the pandemic overtook the world, the Federal and state governments sent resources to localities.Continue reading “» 10 things to be happy about from 2020”

» Join the Change Academy’s winter discussion of CASTE

Committed residents and partners across our community are joining Roanoke Public Libraries and BOOK CITY Roanoke in a discussion of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste. Over five Mondays this winter, we’ll explore Caste, the unspoken system that underpins life in the United States. In a section-by-section discussion, we’ll look at the structures at work in ourContinue reading “» Join the Change Academy’s winter discussion of CASTE”

» FY22 Arts & Culture Funding

Each year the Roanoke Arts Commission oversees funding for arts and cultural organizations collaborating to advance the city’s Arts and Cultural Plan.  Register for the online funding workshop: December 4, 9AM . We’ll send you the log information. (Recording available here on Dec. 5). Here are all the links you’ll need for the FY 2022 Funding Cycle.Continue reading “» FY22 Arts & Culture Funding”

» From the Podcast: Virginia Tech’s Amanda Nelson on community leadership through the arts

Amanda Nelson leads Virginia Tech’s certificate and MFA programs in Arts Leadership and teaches in the theatre department. Much of her work directly and thoughtfully engages students in the world around them. This lively conversation centers on next-level community engagement through the arts, learning from history, and taking collective steps together.  “To me, leadership is a confluence ofContinue reading “» From the Podcast: Virginia Tech’s Amanda Nelson on community leadership through the arts”

» The Power of Passion Ignited: Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Janet Starke on the podcast

The arts capture the human experience, spark leadership, and produce measurable outcomes; and there’s still a lot of power there to be harnessed. The Virginia Commission for the Arts has a draft strategic plan on the streets, and in this episode, we hear from VCA Executive Director Janet Starke on what the plan could meanContinue reading “» The Power of Passion Ignited: Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Janet Starke on the podcast”

» Keep Learning Together: Southwest Virginia Ballet on the Podcast

In the most recent episode of the podcast, Southwest Virginia Ballet Artistic Director Pedro Szalay and Executive Director Carol Jessee take us behind the scenes with the development of a Nutcracker for the pandemic, a version filmed for showing on and streaming through Blue Ridge PBS. “If we keep learning together,” says Szalay, “we can accomplish aContinue reading “» Keep Learning Together: Southwest Virginia Ballet on the Podcast”

» Reimagining Roanoke Sculpture Call

The Roanoke Arts Commission is pleased to announce a call for outdoor sculpture for a two-year, temporary exhibition running May 17, 2021 through April 14, 2023. The City is accepting submissions now through January 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM  for freestanding sculpture responding to the theme “A New Life: Reimagining Roanoke.”  Artwork may incorporate interactive asContinue reading “» Reimagining Roanoke Sculpture Call”

» ARTS CREATE HOPE – October is Arts and Humanities Month: Be part of the proclamation Monday, 10/5

October is National Arts & Humanities Month. Here in Roanoke we like to kick it off by getting a together a bunch of folks together who care about what the arts and humanities do for us. We can’t do that as well right now, so we’ll mark the occasion virtually: Monday, 10/5 2 PM CityContinue reading “» ARTS CREATE HOPE – October is Arts and Humanities Month: Be part of the proclamation Monday, 10/5”

» Roanoke Change Academy: Mondays beginning Sept. 14

SAVE THE DATES! Continue the conversation with Roanoke City Public Libraries and BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke.  Following our August 2019 Indecent Histories event with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at Melrose Library, we read and discussed Stamped from the Beginning. The book puts power and economic interest first in the analysis of racist ideas in America. To undoContinue reading “» Roanoke Change Academy: Mondays beginning Sept. 14”