In the 1970s, one of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods disappeared. The Fulton Urban Renewal Plan destroyed more than 800 homes, churches and businesses. After 46 years, the plan is winding to a close. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
After making the movie Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions in Richmond, filmmaker Praheme headed to Los Angeles to build the next stage in his career. On a recent trip home, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp caught up with the award-winning director to learn more about his work and his next film.
Fifteen years ago, the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls took place in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the model has spread globally including to Richmond. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
More than 50 works by globally-acclaimed artist Kehinde Wiley are on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The artist has filled museum and collectors’ walls with large-scale paintings that depict people of color in grand and regal ways. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Four hundred youth between the ages of 15 and 24 died from opioid overdoses in Virginia between 2010 and 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. An alternative treatment model - recovery high school - seeks to help young people who are addicted. In WCVE’s ongoing series Facing Addiction, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
Several initiatives in Richmond are asking the public how the city should recognize buried history and past injustices. Last week we learned about the recommendations of the Marshall Street Well Project. Today, we examine community efforts envisioning a memorial park in Shockoe Bottom. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The “East Marshall Street Well Project” continues making progress on how to honor human remains found more than 20 years ago on VCU’s medical campus. After gathering community input last Spring, a group standing in for relatives of the deceased has shared their recommendations. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Once prolific in Virginia, the longleaf pine was decimated by European settlers in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Less than 200 mature, native trees remain. But efforts to bring back the species are seeing progress. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
“reTyped” is a growing collection of stories and portraits to get people re-thinking stereotypes. An Alexandria-based writer teamed up with a Richmond artist for the project, which they hope sparks dialogue and understanding. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.