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The Art of It: Conversations on Creativity and Leadership from the Roanoke Arts Commission

15 EpisodesProduced by Roanoke Arts CommissionWebsite

A podcast of the Roanoke Arts Commission. Subscribe for short, thoughtful conversations with arts and cultural leaders at work effecting change in the world around us.

15 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

2.2 Art as a Superpower » Art Matters grantee Bryan "Harvest Blaque" Hancock

October 9th, 2022


Harvest Blaque joins Samantha Meyer for a conversation on the upcoming Roanoke Youth Poet Laureate effort headed by this founder of Soul Sessions. …

2.1 Introducing Year of the Artist Chief Communicator and Network Builder Samantha Meyer

September 11th, 2022


As one of the Year of the Artist's Artist in Residence, Samantha Meyer is tasked with telling stories of artists at work in Roanoke Communities. Get to know Samantha in our first episode of Season 2 before she takes …

1.12 - Growth through Collaboration » The Women of Alma Ensemble

December 19th, 2021


Alma Ensemble formed as an avenue for three musicians to make music together.  The collaboration has grown to commission music for their own …

1.11 - SWVA Realness » Garland Gravely and the House of Expression

October 16th, 2021


Garland Gravely founded House of Expression in 2019.  On October 23rd, they'll host SWVA's first mini-ball. Listen to the second part of our conversation with Gravely to learn about the creative expression, supportive …

1.10 - Fashionable Good » Behind the scenes with Fashionista Roanoke's Garland Gravely

June 26th, 2021


"It's important as a community that we know how to come together and work together," says Garland Gravely, a founder of Fashionista Roanoke.  The …

9. In the Studio with Heather Marshall » Developing Practices of Mind

June 6th, 2021


As a realist, artist Heather Marshall observes the world around her through her painting. She also teaches studio practice to high school students. …

1.8 - Fostering the Future » The Roanoke Cultural Endowment's Katherine Fralin on imagining what's possible

March 24th, 2021


"Roanoke's culture per capita is off the charts," says Katherine Fralin, board secretary of the Roanoke Cultural Endowment. As the founding director …

1.7 - Now's the Time » Virginia Tech's Amanda Nelson on community leadership through the arts

November 24th, 2020


Amanda Nelson leads Virginia Tech's certificate and MFA programs in Arts Leadership and teaches in the theatre department. Much of her work directly …

1.6 - The Power of Passion Ignited » Virginia Commission for the Arts' Janet Starke

November 14th, 2020


The arts capture the human experience, spark leadership, and produce measurable outcomes, and there's still a lot of power to be harnessed. The Virginia Commission for the Arts has a draft strategic plan on the streets, …

1.5. - Keep learning together » Southwest Virginia Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Blue Ridge PBS

November 10th, 2020


Southwest Virginia Ballet Artistic Director Pedro Szalay and Executive Director Carol Jessee take us behind the scenes with the development of a …

1.4 - Roanoke Arts Commission's Jeanne Fishwick » City arts funding and the leadership of local organizations

September 10th, 2020


Join Jeanne Fishwick for a behind-the-scenes look at the City of Roanoke's robust funding process for arts and cultural organizations. "We have some …

1.3 - Mill Mountain Theatre's Polkdots Team » Theatre for reflection, conversation and inspiration

August 19th, 2020


Mill Mountain Theatre is going digital for their summer community outreach performances. Instead of parks, neighborhood centers, and community spaces, the program will be available from Broadway on Demand from September …

1.2 - Art as curiosity prompt with the Science Museum of Western Virginia's Rachel Hopkins

August 14th, 2020


The Science Museum of Western Virginia makes an art of engaging us in the world around us. Executive Director Rachel Hopkins describes the process of using artists to help interpret concepts. "Science is everything," …

1.1 - Building a Better Community with Parks and Recreation's Michael Clark

July 24th, 2020


Roanoke has a great track record of integrating the arts in City parks. It’s symbiotic relationship. From the Elmwood Park Artwalk and amphitheater …

0 - The Art of It: What's ahead

July 5th, 2020


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