Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Holley Graded School Museum and Art Gallery

15 years ago a stash of African American photographic portraits taken in the early 1900's were discovered on a farm in the Northern Neck region of the Chesapeake Bay. And while they have not been identified, they provide clues to life in a rural, African American community 40 years after the Civil War. Now, there's an effort to put them into a permanent exhibit.

Students Light Up the Screen at Light House Studio

Apr 27, 2017
Light House Studio

When it comes to after-school activities, things like football, marching band or academic teams come to mind. Now, one Charlottesville non-profit is giving students another unique option: filmmaking.

Pocahontas, written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

At this time of year, many people discover the wonderful world of children’s books as they search for holiday gifts.  At the Virginia Historical Society, visitors can view some of the most beautiful illustrations from kids books as part of a show called Illustrated Treasures.  

The Collection of Josh Meltzer

Between the end of the Civil War and the start of the Civil Rights Movement, African-Americans in the South lived under restrictive laws known as Jim Crow.  Journalist Beth Macy has written about that era as it shaped the lives of two black men who were taken from their home near Roanoke as kids and forced to work in the circus. 

stevewatkinsbooks.com

Earlier this year Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have given parents of public school students a say in assigned readings. Now, it's up to schools to make that decision. Last week, the administrators of a rural high school in a conservative county did just that, asking an award-winning author invited to speak to leave. 

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