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Celebrating the Roanoke River Greenway as a diverse and welcoming space was a primary goal for the neighborhood and community leaders who guided the Project.
Named for the sweeping supports of Roanoke’s historic Memorial Bridge, the Arches Project was the effort of the Roanoke Arts Commission that engaged artists to rethink the overlooked yet dramatic space beneath the bridge, which straddles the Roanoke River Greenway upstream of Vic Thomas Park. Over several meetings in 2019, neighbors from Mountain View, Norwich, Raleigh Court, and Wasena neighborhoods worked together to set goals for the effort: Create a gathering space, celebrate diversity, and engage a variety of ages in creating and enjoying art.
Project components included:
The four free performances will take place in a COVID-responsible manner on Saturdays in September at 11 a.m.
The Arches Project was funded by the City of Roanoke and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information on the Roanoke Arts Commission and the project is available at www.artinroanoke.org and www.arches.art.blog. If you have questions, please contact Douglas Jackson, the City’s Arts and Culture Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Sept. 12-20 is Welcoming Week in Roanoke. Get involved and find events here.