The Virginia-based organization Kid Pan Alley has helped thousands of schoolchildren across the country write their own songs. The innovative program fosters creativity, collaboration and self-confidence. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Environmental groups in Virginia are working to improve the state’s water resources by restoring the ecosystems along riverbanks. One area of focus is the historic property St. Francis/St. Emma in Powhatan. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Inspired by the popular blog Humans of New York, two local residents are documenting the diversity of people in Richmond. Pairing portraits with quotes, Humans of Richmond aims to connect the city’s inhabitants to each other. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Learn More: Follow the Humans of Richmond and see their collaboration with TEDxRVA featuring the " uncommon ideas and life experiences" of 10 Richmonders.
Researchers at the University of Richmond have created a 3D map of the city’s slave district in 1853. Part of the Library of Virginia’s “To Be Sold” exhibit, the map traces the steps of a British artist whose experience in Richmond led to abolitionist sketches, essays and paintings. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
About 1400 youth in Virginia’s foster care system have a goal of adoption. More than 200 of them are older teens, who are less likely than other age groups to find permanent homes. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently witnessed the rare adoption between a foster mom and a 17-year-old and brings you their story.
An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. As patients face diagnosis, treatment and recovery, family members will provide much of the care and support that’s needed. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
In the early 20th Century, nearly 5,000 “Rosenwald” schools were built across the South to educate African Americans. While many of the structures have disappeared, communities across Virginia are coming together to document this history and preserve the buildings that remain. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Many artists face the challenge of finding affordable space and tools to carry out their work. Evolving to meet some of those needs is Studio Two Three, Richmond’s community print shop, which provides low-cost studio space and affordable classes. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
For two decades, a group in Central Virginia has been reviving the art of radio dramas. The Glen Allen-based On the Air Radio Players includes a rotating cast of actors who perform both classic and original screenplays. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
A recent graduate of VCU’s dance program is tackling issues of race, identity and the human condition through a new initiative called The Red Project. Led by artistic director Johnnie Cruise Mercer, the premiere aimed to generate dialog about the high rates of HIV in Richmond. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.