JANUARY 15, 2020

Roanoke Arts & Culture News is a service of the City of Roanoke's Office of Arts and Culture to advance our collective work and provide updates on opportunities for artists and creative changemakers throughout our community. Click here for more information. Submit potential content to Arts and Culture Coordinator Douglas Jackson.


See you at Melrose Library - Friday, January 17, 1 PM

Please join the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission for the dedication of Napoleon Jones-Henderson's three-part sculpture series, "Rhapsody in Knowledge". This exterior art was developed by the Boston, MA, artist through a neighborhood and schools engagement process, working with the Melrose-Orange Target Area participants and students from Roanoke City Schools, and is funded through Roanoke's Percent for Art program. 

If you haven't been yet to the beautiful new Melrose branch of the Roanoke Public Libraries, this is a great time to come out. The sculpture was commissioned to celebrate this important neighborhood investment and the vibrant neighborhoods surrounding it.

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Apply to be the 2020 Writer by Bus

The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to once again to present a unique literary opportunity in summer 2020. Application packets will be accepted until 5 PM on Wednesday, March 18.

A writer (or writers) will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a unique work of literature while riding different bus routes. The work may be in any genre including short stories, poetry, essays, plays, etc. and may also include art, music or photography. The work will be published in the form of a chapbook as well as on the participating organizations’ websites and other venues as available.

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Vote for Roanoke's Endangered Artifact

CLICK HERE to learn about the cookbook of the wife of Roanoke's first Commonwealth Attorney. The Historical Society of Western Virginia is steward to regional treasures lis “Eliza Breckinridge Watts Receipt Book” - 1818-1857. They're in a voting contest through the Virginia Association of Museums to win preservation dollars. Vote now through January 22. Then stop off at the museum to see some treasures.

ARTS in the NEWS 

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Sculptor Lawrence Reid Bechtel visits Melrose Library

Blacksburg based sculptor and author Lawrence Reid Bechtel discussed Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Isaac Granger at the Melrose Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries this week. As part of the Stamped from the Beginning Book Club, a group discussed the history of racism in the United States and pondered a starter question. "What work of art has changed your worldview?" Bechtel has written A Partial Sun, a novel about Isaac Granger.

Submit AROUND TOWN art pics. 


  • Reed Dillon continues at Alexander/Heath Contemporary Art Gallery 
  • Riverrun: New Works by Ray Kass at the Taubman (through Apr. 11)
  • Huntopia at the Taubman (through Mar. 29)
  • Pop Power at the Taubman (through Mar. 8) 
  • Gerry Hubert and Rebecca Talbot at Brandon Oaks (through March 15)





We live in a creative region. Get out there!


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