» RCPS Elementary Students say WE ARE ART

Roanoke City Public Schools students have created works of art inspired by a recent Roanoke City Libraries and the Roanoke Arts Commission video. In person and virtual art students chose lyrics from the WE ARE ART Rap Cypher that resonated with them and sparked their imaginations to create unique artworks. Students chose to draw, paint, or collage toContinue reading “» RCPS Elementary Students say WE ARE ART”

» Keeley Healing Arts seeks healing sculpture

The Carilion Clinic Foundation invites artists to submit a proposal for a portable sculpture/vessel to be utilized as a focus for ceremonies of healing in various healthcare and community settings. The sculpture must be interactive, durable, and one-of-a-kind. The chosen work will be of a scale and material suitable for easy transport to locations throughoutContinue reading “» Keeley Healing Arts seeks healing sculpture”

» Recovering Together documentary features Roanoke’s arts community

“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.Continue reading “» Recovering Together documentary features Roanoke’s arts community”

» Fostering the Future with Roanoke Cultural Endowment’s Katherine Fralin

On the podcast: Join the Roanoke Cultural Endowment Board Secretary Katherine Fralin for a conversation on the arts, the future, and investing in what’s possible. “Roanoke’s culture per capita is off the charts,” says Fralin. As the founding director of the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University, Katherine is thoughtful on what drives change andContinue reading “» Fostering the Future with Roanoke Cultural Endowment’s Katherine Fralin”

» Roanoke Valley Gives: Give Today

Give to one of your many favorite arts and cultural organizations today during Roanoke Valley Gives. The annual event of the Community Foundation of Western Virginia offers a community wide push for donations and even awards nearly 40 monetary prizes to organizations based the level, timing, and character of gifts. Fifteen of the city’s artsContinue reading “» Roanoke Valley Gives: Give Today”

» Equity Planning for Arts & Culture

The Roanoke Arts Commission is charged with overseeing arts and cultural planning in the community. With the 2011 Arts & Cultural Plan.about 80% accomplished, the community has changed much since coming together to develop it. While it’s important to develop the next plan, in the next 18 months, we’ll operate in a hybrid state, continuingContinue reading “» Equity Planning for Arts & Culture”

» Safer Neighborhoods team seeks artist

Safer Neighborhoods, a sub-committee of Roanoke City’s Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence, seeks an artist to serve on the committee to help guide its vision for a public art project.  The committee’s primary purpose is to address the root causes that contribute to acts of violence and to create meaningful and transformative efforts that,Continue reading “» Safer Neighborhoods team seeks artist”

» Roanoke Rap Cypher: WE ARE ART

A collaboration of the Roanoke Public Libraries, the Roanoke Arts Commission, the Grandin Theatre, and the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center has led to the creation of the “We Are Art” rap cypher. Want to do more in our community? Find local anti-racism resources here. The project, led by Creative Director Macklyn Mosley, aContinue reading “» Roanoke Rap Cypher: WE ARE ART”

» 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”