Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Virginia Voices

May 1, 2015

History is happening now at the Virginia Historical Society. The organization has just unveiled a new documentary called Virginia Voices, it’s the first state-specific, crowd-sourced film of its kind, and it’s making a debut in Roanoke Saturday, May 2.

Culinary Challenge Leads to Learning New Languages

Apr 27, 2015

Learning a foreign language can be fun – especially when it involves stories, food and adventures.  That’s the word from students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville.  They’ve created an app that proves the point.

French teacher Karine Boulle hoped to inspire students when she crafted this year’s biggest assignment. Her eighth graders were asked to write a story about food and the people who make it.

“What’s in a dish is not just food but it comes with a story, and it comes with passion.”

A new book highlights a dozen people in southwestern Virginia who are all doing the same thing, but in different ways: they’re keeping Appalachian traditions alive. 

The book is called Keepers of the Tradition, Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians. The dozen portraits it contains are literal and figurative; portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg painted them and writer, Michael Abraham wrote them

Environmental ethics...it’s the balance between nature and human interaction, and it can be a weighty topic.

The Roanoke City School system is among those divisions starting the discussion early, getting 2nd graders to think about natural resources. They’re doing it with the help of a book, written back in 1942.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, tells the story of a house built on the top of a hill, far out in the country. Eventually, Walt Disney turned Burton’s story into an animated short film.

Garden Week in Virginia

Apr 22, 2015
Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,

It’s Garden Week in Virginia, with visitors invited to stop by more than 250 gardens, homes and historic landmarks, but something surprising is happening in Richmond. 

About 30,000 people have opted to go inside– to check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ show of floral paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Renoir and other 19th century masters. 

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