“An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia” exhibit opens Friday SLIDESHOW

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The History Museum of Western Virginia is showcasing the “Civil War in Virginia” exhibit in its entirety starting Saturday, June 8. It runs through June 1, 2014. The exhibition, presents paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags and other objects. There are two parts to the exhibit and the History Museum is the only Virginia […]

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Roanoke City launches Parks and Art Program

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Roanoke City launches Parks and Art Program

On Thursday, City of Roanoke held a press conference in Jackson Park to launch Parks and Arts, a new program developed to complement its Neighborhood Arts Initiative which fosters community interaction with innovative arts programming. The Parks and Arts Program emphasizes the city’s Arts and Cultural Plan goal to bring performing and visual arts directly to neighborhoods. The program is […]

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An endowment is key to funding Roanoke’s Arts and Culture

Monday, April 22, 2013

An endowment is key to funding Roanoke's Arts and Culture

Sustaining the arts and culture in Roanoke City has been a challenge since the recession. The siphoning of generous philanthropic funds to the Taubman Museum and the dwindling amount of public money left  to spread around to other arts and performance venues is reaching a critical stage. Councilman Dave Trinkle along with philanthropist David Wine […]

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Marginal Arts veers from the norm – once again

Monday, April 1, 2013

Marginal Arts veers from the norm - once again

Created six years ago to celebrate art and artists around the fringes, the Marginal Arts Festival held on the last long weekend in March didn’t disappoint. There were downtown tours of art galleries defunct and still standing, poetry readings where the words to one piece was simply the word “rice” over and over again, a […]

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Butterflies will flutter at the Science Museum in May

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Butterflies will flutter at the Science Museum in May

Dark for several years because of a much-needed $27 million renovation, Center in the Square springs back to life in May when it reopens to the public. More room for tenants, a more spacious atrium featuring large fish tanks and a rooftop café are all in the mix. The Church Avenue building also owned and […]

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Writer’s Conference inspires, informs

Monday, February 4, 2013

 Writer’s Conference inspires, informs

So you think you want to author a book …or just write a better story? The sixth annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, held last weekend, was a good place to find some pointers. The roster of speakers featured almost two dozen novelists, non-fiction authors, bloggers, journalists and photographers, offering their insight to the sold-out conference […]

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John Cage exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

John Cage exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art

John Cage: The Sight of Silence The Taubman Museum of Art  ”Rolled the Dice” Tuesday to determine where five paintings would be hung for the John Cage major exhibition. First deciding the gallery, then the wall and finally where on the wall the piece would hang. The event included members of the Roanoke Arts Commission, who […]

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Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden dedicated

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden dedicated

The Ann Davey Masters Memorial Sculpture Garden was dedicated in Vic Thomas Park Thursday morning. Over 100 people gathered as Mayor Bowers, the artists, Clean Valley Council, the Roanoke Arts Commission and Eric Thomas cut the ribbon. Vic Thomas’ son Eric said the contributions Masters made to a cleaner, better environment is what his dad […]

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Jefferson Center roof repairs completed with city and alumni contributions

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jefferson Center roof repairs completed with city and alumni contributions

The Jefferson Center’s leaky roof leaks no more. Wednesday Cyrus Pace Executive Director gave a tour of the completed roof. The cement roof now has one inch of insulation, one inch of rubber covered with gravel rocks. The Jefferson Center expects to keep its historic, 1920’s era facility free from additional water damage. “Before the […]

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Elmwood Park redesign moves ahead with a few possible tweaks

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elmwood Park redesign moves ahead with a few possible tweaks

The first conceptual designs were presented for public input in October 2011. The 1500 accumulated comments from those sessions combined with online comments were used to craft a final concept design that was available for public viewing at the main library last Thursday. The wish list of amenities from stakeholders doubled the cost to over […]

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Chilly day with warm hearts marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chilly day with warm hearts marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

VIDEO OF ARTIST GEORGE SOLONEVICH INCLUDED The chilly air and gray skies did not diminish the proud smiling faces of the young and the not so young as they celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Annual Youth Day celebration Monday afternoon. A crowd of over 200 gathered at […]

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Elmwood Park redo gets ready for city council adoption

Friday, January 13, 2012

Elmwood Park redo gets ready for city council adoption

The first conceptual designs were presented for public input in October 2011. The accumulated comments from those sessions combined with online comments were used to craft a final concept design that was presented at the main library Thursday. The wish list of amenities from stakeholders doubled the cost to over 8 million. That design was […]

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