In Richmond, a popular tourist destination is the large and well-landscaped Hollywood Cemetery located on the banks of the James River. But just a few miles away is another resting place that’s experienced decades of neglect. One gravestone at a time, volunteers are working to reclaim the historic African American cemetery. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
In April, VCU launched an initiative to identify subjects of a rare collection of police photos documenting Farmville’s civil rights protests in the summer of 1963. Using crowdsourcing and old fashioned detective work, researchers with the Freedom Now Project have identified dozens of people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with siblings captured in the photos and brings you their story.
Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. The Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers' Conference aims to educate youth about the legacy of the 19th Century author and encourage youth to follow their literary passions. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp sat in on a workshop and afterward, a group of the teens shared excerpts from their work. In order of appearance, listen to the creative non-fiction, fiction and free verse from Justice Marshall, Haley Cannady, YoLani Martin, Aubrey Link, and William Plott.
Many people around the state are preparing for a holiday weekend of cooking and sharing food. One organization in Richmond is hoping summer menus will include food that’s seasonal, grown locally and strengthens the region’s biodiversity. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
After weeks of preparation, Richmond held its first Better Block on the city’s East End earlier this month. Spearheaded by Bon Secours and Sports Backers, the initiative uses temporary improvements to neighborhood streets to help residents and city leaders work toward long-term change. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.
Virginia Voices is an ambitious project from the Virginia Historical Society that is gathering hundreds of stories of everyday people throughout the Commonwealth. Through crowdsourced videos and professional filming, the initiative will produce a documentary and interactive database. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Over the last two decades, aquariums across the country have put more resources into educating the public about overfishing and protecting marine ecosystems. Many, including the Virginia Aquarium, are helping to spread the concept of sustainable seafood, influencing the choices made by consumers and restaurants. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.
The global movement of co-working is taking root in Central Virginia, helping freelancers and start-ups escape the isolation of home offices and coffee shops. Organizations offering the low-cost office space say the larger mission is to share skills and build community. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited one co-working organization, 804RVA, to find out more.
In Central Virginia, residents are coming together to build a full service cooperative grocery store. Popularly known as food co-ops, the initiative aims to promote access to locally grown food, provide education on healthy eating and strengthen community networks. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.