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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.

    12. Growth through Collaboration » The Women of Alma Ensemble

    12. Growth through Collaboration » The Women of Alma Ensemble

    Alma Ensemble formed as an avenue for three musicians to make music together.  The collaboration has grown to commission music for their own performance, but also for an upcoming world premier to be performed by Roanoke City Public Schools students.  Sarah Wardle Jones, Erica Sipes, and Michelle Smith Johnson "borrow confidence from each other," as Sarah says. "Across the three of us we make it happen."

    Alma Ensemble is a musician collective dedicated to championing women in music, education, and creating connection through music.

    Listen to the full episode wherever you stream your podcasts or at www.roanokearts.org. 

    • 24 min
    11. SWVA Realness » Garland Gravely and the House of Expression

    11. SWVA Realness » Garland Gravely and the House of Expression

    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 culture, and just what's behind "realness" in Roanoke's emerging ballroom culture. "In the House of Expression, it's family first," says Gravely.  We want to do what's best for the family and the community."

    The Big Lick Mini Ball will take place from 2 PM to 9 PM on October 23.  Limited tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-lick-mini-ball-tickets-168652230361?fbclid=IwAR21Ul1YAxbBPxcZZuLqzmuLB5hrRMdavW-YwRzm--xGWhHJnA-uTvJfh98  
     

    • 19 min
    10. Fashionable Good » Behind the scenes with Fashionista Roanoke's Garland Gravely

    10. Fashionable Good » Behind the scenes with Fashionista Roanoke's Garland Gravely

    "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 Roanoke native says it's all about multiculturalism as the organization develops creative collaborations to benefit nonprofit partners.  Established in 2008, Fashionista Roanoke is expanding into other communities, but with deep roots in Roanoke, the team continues to build new partnerships.  Learn more by listening to the episode here.

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

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

    As a realist, artist Heather Marshall observes the world around her through her painting. She also teaches studio practice to high school students. In doing so, she shares the Eight Studio Practices of Mind, concepts elucidated in Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Hetland et al.

    "You'll often hear art in schools supported by saying the work is related to other subjects," says Marshall. "But for students and learners, the art making in itself has benefits," says Marshall. Marshal works with students, on observation, persistence, reflection, and other skills that they can carry through life beyond the studio.

    Heather Marshall received a MFA University of Notre Dame and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    See images of Heather's work
    Learn more about the Eight Studio Practices of Mind from Studio Thinking 2.

    • 32 min
    8. Fostering the Future » The Roanoke Cultural Endowment's Katherine Fralin on imagining what's possible

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

    "Roanoke's culture per capita is off the charts," says Katherine Fralin, board secretary of the Roanoke Cultural Endowment. As the founding director of the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University, Katherine is thoughtful on what drives change, and the role of individual investment in achieving it.  

    In this conversation, explore what makes Roanoke's arts community special, and how we can keep it that way. "We you don't get to stand still," says Katherine.  "We have to keep investing or our vibrancy will leak out slowly." 

    Learn more about the Roanoke Cultural Endowment
    Learn more about the Roanoke Arts Commission

    • 30 min
    7. Now's the Time » Virginia Tech's Amanda Nelson on community leadership through the arts

    7. Now's the Time » Virginia Tech's Amanda Nelson on community leadership through the arts

    Amanda Nelson leads Virginia Tech's certificate and MFA programs in Arts Leadership and teaches in the theatre department. Much of her work directly and thoughtfully engages students in the world around them. This lively conversation centers on next-level community engagement through the arts, learning from history, and taking collective steps together. 

    "To me, leadership is a confluence of characteristics and practices rooted in communication, collaboration, innovation, and inspiration," says Nelson. "A lot of people are doing leadership without knowing that they're doing leadership. Maybe that's the magic of the creative arts..."  

    Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about the Roanoke Arts Commission at www.roanokearts.org.

    • 30 min

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