Arts & Culture

After the tragedy at Virginia Tech eight years ago today, people all over the world sent messages of sympathy: handmade cards, letters, mementos and more.  A new web documentary explores this modern mourning ritual, that’s becoming part of our culture. It’s called, “The Story of the Stuff.” 

Ashley Maynor was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Now a filmmaker and digital librarian at the University of Tennessee, she was on campus in Blacksburg when the sympathy cards and gifts – more than 90 thousands packages from 80 countries, started coming in.

Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society is preparing to take people back in time through their taste buds with an unusual spring fundraiser. 

Once upon a time, colonial women depended on a book called the Complete Houswife - a compendium of advice on how to clean your house, prepare food and make cider.  That, says Virginia Historical Society CEO Paul Levengood, was critical to keeping families alive. 

Future of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts

Apr 13, 2015

A state court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 related to the announced closing of Sweet Briar College.  Amherst County attorney, Ellen Bowyer, will ask the judge to issue an order blocking the closure of Sweet Briar College for one year. However, Attorney General Mark Herring says Bowyer has just limited authority to intervene. Sweet Briar's closing will have a yet unknown impact on an internationally recognized artist community on property owned by the college.

Sounds of the Mountains

Apr 13, 2015

The annual Sounds of the Mountains Festival is coming up this weekend, April 17-18, at Fincastle’s Camp Bethel. It’s a national festival featuring story-telling, music, the spoken word, along with campfires and nature walks.

A new feature of the festival this year, the 14th annual, is a Story Slam with eight storytellers and cash prizes. The topic of the slam?  “From this I learned the importance of friendship..."

Visit here for more information.

TEDxRVA: Uncommon

Apr 5, 2015

Organizers of this week’s TEDxRVA event are hoping for a packed house at Richmond’s CenterStage Carpenter Theatre Friday, April 10. The event features 22 speakers, all in less than an eight-hour day, exploring the rare and the extraordinary.

Ticket for the event are $50.  Get more information here.

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