Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Photo: Janet Moore

For decades now, opera houses have tried to attract new fans to an art form that’s historically drawn a wealthy older crowd.  

 The English National Opera sends whole orchestras into schools – hoping to wow kids.  In Knoxville, the opera hosts cocktail parties where performers mingle with guests and break into song.    The Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville has tried several tactics to win the hearts and minds of people under 60.

A Virginia Indian tribe has won its long battle for official federal recognition...and there's more controversy over a plan to widen one of the nation's busiest highways. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's V-A News link on  

Mount Airy Plantation Renovation

Jul 9, 2015

The Northern Neck of Virginia is known for the plantation homes of the Washingtons and Lees. But just up the road in Warsaw, their close friend and fellow patriot John Tayloe II was a successful businessman whose Mount Airy Plantation has been the private home of the Tayloe family for more 250 years. Now, it's latest generation of owners, John Tayloe Emery and his wife Catherine are opening it's doors to the public in some unusual ways.  

For most kids, summer camp means hiking, swimming, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping under the stars – or at least under the roof of a cabin. For a few, however, camp could be a ticket to Hollywood.

On a hot afternoon, when their friends might be swimming or hiding in their airconditioned homes, a dozen young people have gathered in the living room of a location to begin work on their first film of the summer. For about 300 kids between the ages of 8 and 18, camp means making movies.

VHS Accession Number: 1998.92.1

Like many museums, the Virginia Historical Society has a lot of stuff in storage.  In fact, less than one percent of its documents and artifacts are on display, but the society offers special tours that take curious people behind the scenes. If you have 90 free minutes on certain Saturdays and a strong curious streak, the Virginia Historical Society invites you to learn about a range of quirky topics.