Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Find the Art Doors

Sep 17, 2015

The city of Richmond is hosting an unusual art show featuring more than three dozen doors.  They’re on display across town, and sponsors have offered a prize for people who can find and photograph all forty of them. 

Earl Swift

Virginia loves its classic cars.  Every year, there are dozens of events scheduled around the state to celebrate everything from the Model-T to muscle cars. 

A Virginia author says automobiles are key to our past, and he’s written a book that details the history of Detroit, the Commonwealth and a 1957 Chevy wagon owned by more than a dozen Virginians. 

During his years as a reporter for the Virginian Pilot, Earl Swift had an idea.

Art Without Walls

Sep 15, 2015

In many large cities, when new buildings go up, there’s a requirement to include public art in the construction project. They’re known as, ‘One percent for art’ programs. In most smaller cities and towns, those programs don’t exist.  But one, in southwestern Virginia, has figured out another way to do it. 

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Virginia's highways are dotted with small towns struggling to find new purpose and life. Like Rocky Mount in Franklin County, most have a history of agriculture or manufacturing that has left main streets boarded up.

A decade ago Rocky Mount town leaders decided they wanted to revitalize their town and music was the path to that.

Tab O'Neal visited the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount where, in just 18 months, it is making a huge impact on the town and Franklin County.

Uprooting Appalachia

Sep 8, 2015

The image of “Appalachia” many people have today came from a 1964 Life Magazine story that featured the town.  Now researchers are looking to add another chapter to the story of the small southwestern Virginia town, written in the voices of people who live there today. 

“You know how it got its name, don’t you? This guy had a big old bucket. And he had a whole lot of apples in it and these kids kept messing with it and he said, if y’ all don’t stop that I’m going to throw an Apple a’cha.”

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