Category: Explore Together

  • Picture This: An All-Level Photography Workshop & Neighborhood Photo Walk

    Picture This: An All-Level Photography Workshop & Neighborhood Photo Walk

    In this 90-minute workshop and photo walk, a Roanoke-based group of photographers will lead a 45-minute, all-level photography skill-building session in collaboration with the neighborhood. This informational session will focus on composition, light, and subject. That will be followed by a 45-minute group photo walk around the neighborhood with photographers…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Three to 30
  • Embroidered Memories

    Embroidered Memories

    In this workshop with the Roanoke History Museum, bring neighbors together to embroider and embellish a photograph. It can be a cherished family photograph or a found photograph—one with no names, locations, or personal meanings. Learn the importance of preserving and labeling photographs while reminiscing and creating new memories in…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Five to 25
  • Enabling Creativity: A Poetry Workshop for Disabled Writers of All Experience Levels

    Enabling Creativity: A Poetry Workshop for Disabled Writers of All Experience Levels

    In this 2-hour writing workshop, Roanoke poet Michelle Acker will guide participants through writing poetry based on their lived experiences of disability and chronic illness. Through a series of mini-lessons and writing exercises, participants will produce an original work of poetry to express how they relate to themselves and the…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Three to 10
  • Fairy Fest: Build a Magical Community!

    Fairy Fest: Build a Magical Community!

    Make connections with neighbors and tap into your creativity by building a fairy neighborhood. Artist Molly Kernan will guide participants in building unique fairy houses with foraged and found materials over the course of four two-hour workshops. To celebrate the finished artwork, participants will display the houses in a natural…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Five to 15 participants – adults and youth ages eight and up with parents
  • Mapping the Neighborhood with Compasses, Maps and Fun Activities

    Mapping the Neighborhood with Compasses, Maps and Fun Activities

    Bring neighbors together to explore the neighborhood from a new point of view in this two-hour workshop. Roanoke-born artist Polly Branch loves working with neighborhood groups. She’ll share different kinds of maps to explore, engage participants in fun conversation prompts about creating maps, and host some activities using a compass…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Four to 20
  • Minuscule Paintings with a MIGHTY Impact

    Minuscule Paintings with a MIGHTY Impact

    If your neighborhood is looking for unexpected art that demands a second glance, look no further. Artist Megan Scott Scripps’ specialty is painting in miniature, creating murals that invite the viewer closer. Work with Megan to paint five to eight detailed murals in multiple locations or at a single site.…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    One to 15 participants to help develop the project with the artist
  • Neighboring Sounds: A Talking Time Capsule of Your Community

    Capture your neighborhood with a talking time capsule. When completed, this will be a fully mastered audio production (like a podcast or non-fiction audio documentary) that tells the story of your place through the sounds and stories of your neighbors. This can be spontaneous or planned with the neighborhood to…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    One to 50 participants, depending on the theme, focus, or outcome desired by the neighborhood.
  • Our Green Spaces, Our Stories: Celebrating Our Neighborhood Parks, Trees & Trails Through Poetry & Art

    Our Green Spaces, Our Stories: Celebrating Our Neighborhood Parks, Trees & Trails Through Poetry & Art

    Does your neighborhood have a treasured tree? A park or playground that makes you proud? Let’s celebrate it through poetry and art! In this collaborative project, a writer, an artist, and an educational specialist will join your community to craft a professionally designed book commemorating your celebrated green space, with…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Two to 10 adult participants and five to 15 students
  • Poets in the Park: An Introduction to Nature Writing

    Poets in the Park: An Introduction to Nature Writing

    Beginner and seasoned writers alike will gather in a neighborhood park for an hour of poetry inspired by the natural world of your neighborhood! In this hands-on workshop, local artist and writer R.A. Morris will provide instruction on how to use nature as inspiration for poetry. After a free-writing period,…

    Ages:
    16+
    Participants:
    Five to 15 adult participants, or youth age 16 and older
  • Roanoke Neighborhood Tours

    Roanoke Neighborhood Tours

    In partnership with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, the Roanoke History Museum invites your neighbors on an architectural history tour of your neighborhood! In this 30- to 60-minute walking or driving tour of Roanoke’s earliest neighborhoods, you can take a step back in time and learn the stories behind some…

    Ages:
    All
    Participants:
    Five to 15 participants