Arts & Culture

The City of Roanoke views art and culture as integral to the community because of their potential to enhance the quality of life for Roanoke’s citizens, increase tourism, support education, and stimulate the economy. Roanoke also sees public art as a tool to create livable cities, create a heightened sense of place and community identity, enliven the visual quality of public space, and enrich the spirit and pride of its citizens.


Stronger neighborhoods through arts and culture

ARCHES: Stronger neighborhoods through arts and culture

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through a Challenge America grant, the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission is  piloting a community-driven public art process through the summer and fall of 2019. Neighbors in Norwich, Mountain View, Wasena, and Raleigh Court are invited, encouraged and welcome in helping us learn together how arts and culture can make our neighborhoods even stronger. Learn more here.

The Roanoke Arts Commission is responsible for overseeing the development of Arts and Culture in the City of Roanoke.

The mission of the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC), as established in 1983, is to “advise and assist city council on matters relating to the advancement of the arts and humanities within the city” to establish Roanoke as a vibrant, prosperous community where arts and culture engage people in all aspects of life. The RAC increases the collective impact of the arts and cultural community by:

    • Advocating for arts cultural initiatives and investment
    • Managing and informing the City’s Public Art Plan.
    • Advancing the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan.
    • Guiding City investments in arts and culture.