Golden Key Scavenger Hunt through October 8

There’s one more week for the Golden Key Scavenger Hunt. Funded through ARPA arts and cultural marketing funds, Virginia Children’s Theatre has led the charge to market arts and cultural offerings and bring shoppers into downtown businesses. The effort ends on Saturday, October 8. Learn more at the Golden Key Landing page. THE GOLDEN KEYContinue reading “Golden Key Scavenger Hunt through October 8”

» Congratulations to our 2022-23 Grantees

We’re pleased to announce that the Roanoke City Council supported a consistent level of funding for arts and cultural programming at $336,500 for FY 2022-23. The Agency Funding Advisory Committee (AFAC) worked hard this spring reviewing applications for the coming year. They looked at past performance and the work of our partners. See the fundingContinue reading “» Congratulations to our 2022-23 Grantees”

» First ART MATTERS Grants Announced

We’re celebrating our first ten Art Matters grant awards with a Virtual Meet the Artist. Learn all about the awards in this press release and in this article from the June 1 Roanoke Times, “Roanoke Arts Commission funds 10 art projects.” Read the June 7 Roanoke Times editorial, “Art Matters grants humble start to aContinue reading “» First ART MATTERS Grants Announced”

» National Youth Poet Laureate Program Launching in Roanoke

In Fall 2023, the City of Roanoke will have its first Youth Poet Laureate. Funded through an Art Matters grant, local leader, spoken word artist, and musician Bryan “Harvest Blaque” Hancock, will work with community partners through the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023 to provide opportunities to area youth to explore community, place,Continue reading “» National Youth Poet Laureate Program Launching in Roanoke”

» Free Youth Artists Workshops for Roanoke City Youth

Calling Roanoke’s top youth artists! Attend free workshops this summer to help produce work that will be added to the City of Roanoke’s permanent collection. The workshops, led by artist Heather Marshall will result in six works to be installed in the Oliver Hill Justice Center waiting room for Juvenile and Domestic Court. Get allContinue reading “» Free Youth Artists Workshops for Roanoke City Youth”

 » Designing Creative Communities: Book read begins April 11

Got a creative project that will make the community a better place? We’re taking a look at creating change locally through in our next Change Academy read.   We found a fun book that is available at Book No Further.  While the book is self-published by Spud Marshall through Amazon, you can buy it locallyContinue reading ” » Designing Creative Communities: Book read begins April 11″

» 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!”

» 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”