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About the Roanoke Arts Commission
The Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC) was established in 1983 to “advise and assist City Council on matters relating to the advancement of the arts and humanities within the city." Fifteen volunteers appointed by council work to increase the collective impact of arts and culture in the community by
- Guiding City investments in arts and culture.
- Advancing the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan.
- Developing and Implementing the City’s Public Art Plan.
- Advocating for arts and cultural initiatives and investment.
About I Heart SE
I Heart SE is a positive action campaign and neighborhood network centered around caring for Roanoke’s Southeast neighborhoods. Largely organized through Facebook, it’s intention is to highlight good and positive aspects of Southeast Roanoke and spread love for the neighborhood. This month the network celebrates three years of Plawking —Picking up litter while walking. The community is invited to attend and equipment is provided. The next two group plawks are on
10/18 (Tue) Belmont Christian Church—1101 Jamison Ave SE—5:15 pm
10/25 (Tue) La Roca Church—929 Murray Ave SE—5:15 pm
About the Artist Jon Murrill
Jon Murrill is a professional portrait artist and muralist located in Roanoke, Virginia. He obtained his Master's of Fine Art degree from Radford University with a concentration in both painting and drawing. He has exhibited in juried exhibitions, solo exhibits, and group shows across the United States. Murrill currently teaches art at Patrick Henry High School.
About The Year of the Artist
The Roanoke Arts Commission invites artists who live, work, or are civically involved in the Roanoke community to participate in the Roanoke’s Year of the Artist (YOTA) activities. During the 2022-2023 fiscal year, the City of Roanoke will invest more than $300,000 in community-driven and artist-led projects advancing the community in a variety of key areas.
The YOTA network is offering free artist trainings in a variety of professional development topics, including business practices, community development and facilitation, self-care, and specific engagement strategies. Sessions will occur every Tuesday this fall. The next virtual will take place on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 PM and focus on hosting effective community meetings. Those interested in participating can learn more and register to receive login information at www.roanokearts.org/YOTA. The Year of the Artist is funded by National Endowment for the Arts through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the City of Roanoke.
Arts & Culture Coordinator