» 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”

» 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″

» 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”

» 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”

» 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”


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”

» New program puts ART IN PLACE

In 2021, the City of Roanoke began a pilot public/private partnership strategy to encourage public facing art on private property. Dubbed ART IN PLACE, the program requires a 2 to 1 match provided by the property owner and a neighborhood or business association. To date, three projects have received approval from the Roanoke Arts Commission:Continue reading “» New program puts ART IN PLACE”