Richmond is one of 20 U.S. cities where young refugees separated from parents or guardians are resettled. They come from 18 different countries, including Somalia, China, Haiti and Honduras. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you the story of one whose journey here was long and dangerous.
Richmond’s police chief shares a vision with local artists and legal advocates. Together, they’re working to reverse high rates of student arrests and provide more opportunities for young people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more in the second of our two part series.
One of the first stops for the current class of Richmond police recruits was at the non-profit organization Art 180. The collaboration is part a growing movement to change the juvenile justice system. In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.
The nonprofit group VA SUN is helping Virginians across the state convert to solar power. They’re using a co-op model that brings residents together to bargain for competitive prices and advocate for clean energy. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
At the Glen Allen Library, Aaron Sutch welcomes people to a solar co-op info session. The room fills up quickly and Sutch gets things started.
At Richmond's George Wythe High School, students are studying something close to home: public housing. A Title I school, nearly all students are black and many come from low-income families. By examining housing and ongoing segregation, teacher Libby Germer hopes students will gain the knowledge and passion to confront inequality. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Library of Virginia is using the “power of the crowd” to make the Commonwealth’s history more accessible. Volunteers have transcribed more than 12,000 documents, unearthing little-known stories from the state’s 400 year old history. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Rodin exhibit at the VMFA offers visitors a chance to see some famous pieces, including “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” Through objects that have never before traveled to North America, it also sheds light on the artist’s process and the techniques that made him a pioneer in modern sculpture. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
Plate by plate, Chef Travis Milton is changing the way people think about Appalachian culture. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spent time in the Milton’s kitchen learning about this heritage and how to make a special family recipe.
What’s the role of public art? And how can it benefit the community? The City of Richmond wants residents to help answer those questions as it puts together a “roadmap” for future public art projects. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Collectors have long searched through dusty record bins for an obscure soul album by the group Edge of Daybreak. Newly re-issued, the LP is prized for the quality of music and how it was recorded - inside a Virginia prison. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.