» Call for inlet art! Use your creativity to help keep our river clean

THIS CALL HAS CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARTISTS. The City of Roanoke is seeking up to eight artists or artist teams to transform storm drains in the City of Roanoke into works of art. Artists will be provided materials, safety equipment, and an honorarium of $400 for their work. See pictures andContinue reading “» Call for inlet art! Use your creativity to help keep our river clean”

» City of Roanoke Artists in Residence

THIS CALL CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, MARCH 31 To demonstrate the role of creativity, innovation and arts-based citizen engagement in addressing tough community challenges and improving the lives of residents, the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC) seeks ten (10) City of Roanoke Artists in Residence to engage in a year-long effort of inquiry, community learning,Continue reading “» City of Roanoke Artists in Residence”

» Gather March 4-6 at Arts-Pop!

The Roanoke creative community will celebrate the arts at Roanoke Arts-Pop! on March 4-6. A free event at the Taubman Museum of Art, the weekend will offer free performances and engagements from more than 25 organizations. Curious? Learn more below at this week’s BUZZ episode. The Roanoke Arts Commission is partnering with the Roanoke CulturalContinue reading “» Gather March 4-6 at Arts-Pop!”

» Collective arts & culture marketing kicks off Feb 23 with BUZZ!

ROANOKE, VA – Feb. 17, 2022 – The City of Roanoke granted $30,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the Roanoke Cultural Endowment for a Collective Arts & Cultural Marketing project. The project will result in collective storytelling tools around collaborative arts and cultural events, strategies, and challenges. “The goal is to benefitContinue reading “» Collective arts & culture marketing kicks off Feb 23 with BUZZ!”

» ART MATTERS: A call for works that advance wellness, justice & inclusion

THE ART MATTERS APPLICATION CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 30.Stay tuned for announcements of grants or any potential additional rounds. Working on an application? Catch up with the Year of the Artist Conversations here. Print the Art Matters flyer to spread the word. See the list of projects we’ve funded so far. To celebrate 2022-23 as Roanoke’sContinue reading “» ART MATTERS: A call for works that advance wellness, justice & inclusion”

 »  INSPIRED! Cultural experience grants for artists

Roanoke’s arts and cultural organizations are meaningful contributors to our economy, the quality of our lives, and our collective identity. Many events are carefully structured to address important issues, challenge our thinking, and celebrate key aspects of the many cultures in the community. Attending one of these performances, exhibits, or events just might provide inspirationContinue reading ” »  INSPIRED! Cultural experience grants for artists”

» WE ARE ART: The Roanoke Self-Portrait Project

BACKGROUND Our first call to the YEAR OF THE ARTIST network was for WE ARE ART: The Roanoke Self-Portrait Project. Below is the original call. To celebrate 2022 as Roanoke’s YEAR OF THE ARTIST and advance the role of arts and culture in recovery and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC) seeksContinue reading “» WE ARE ART: The Roanoke Self-Portrait Project”

» Southeast Greenway Gateways

THIS CALL HAS NOW CLOSED 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 toContinue 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”