Congratulations to our partner organizations. We look forward to some fantastic arts, cultural, and educational programming in the coming year.
On June 19, the community celebrated the region's newest naturalized citizens, young refugees graduating from high school, and World Refugee Day. Partners such as Blue Ridge Literacy, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Local Colors and the League of Women Voters put on the event, sponsored through a grant by Old Navy.
A special feature of the day was the creation of a 16' by 8' mural led by artist Ashley Proffitt, an employee of Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and painted by refugee youth. When the mural is completed with additional paint and varnish, the City will work with Ashley to find a display location.
We challenged the community to inspire us as stewards of our streams and streets, and boy, did you deliver! Congratulations to all of our contestants. We had a great time listening.
Our five winners will receive a $100 Downtown Roanoke gift card and the opportunity for their jingles to be played in the Roanoke City Market Building and at Center in the Square. All other entrants will receive a $25 Downtown Roanoke gift card, and everybody gets a Clean Streets SWAG bag from Roanoke Stormwater and Clean Valley Council.
Roanoke City Public Schools students have created works of art inspired by a recent Roanoke City Libraries and the Roanoke Arts Commission video. In person and virtual art students chose lyrics from the WE ARE ART Rap Cypher that resonated with them and sparked their imaginations to create unique artworks. Students chose to draw, paint, or collage to create their pieces.
The project was coordinated by art teachers at two participating schools: Christina Gramm at Fairview Elementary and Christina Simpson at Westside Elementary.
We’re told the students were elated to become a part of this project and to use their art as a vehicle for self-expression, but we bet we were even more excited to see their efforts! Thank you students and teachers. We love your work…”beautifully made, a different caliber.”