A collaboration in Richmond examines how dance can be used to create community and foster dialogue. The partnership between VCU, the non-profit Dance Exchange, and members of the public culminates this weekend with the performance “Still Crossing.” Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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A new exhibit at the Black History Museum features the work of the late Murry DePillars. The longtime dean of VCU’s School of the Arts used his talents to document social justice issues and celebrate African traditions and history. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
This Fall, students begin classes at a new public regional high school. CodeRVA’s focus is computer science and aims to increase diversity in STEM-related fields. The school start with 100 students and add 100 each year until reaching a capacity of 400. It will serve students from 12 area school districts: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell City, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Sussex, in addition to Richmond and Petersburg.
Despite the availability of free tax prep services, more than half of low income families use for-profit companies, according to the Tax Policy Center. In Central Virginia, United Way sponsors a program that’s helped thousands of households avoid fees and maximize their returns. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In Central Virginia, a collaborative of law enforcement, health and service providers are expanding initiatives to help victims of human trafficking, often called "modern day slavery." The area’s forensic nurses are playing a critical role in the effort. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected for the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. In dozens of states, local demonstrations are also taking place. At Richmond’s March on Monument, participants expressed their fears and concerns. But many also say the election has prompted them to get more involved in their communities. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
Violinist Eric Stanley has captivated fans around the world with his re-interpretation of hip hop, R&B and pop songs. With a growing catalog of originals, the VCU graduate is preparing for a tour and the release his first album. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
There’s growing research that shows the positive impact of afterschool and summer programs on young people, especially in high poverty communities.
What we can learn from tourists who see our cities through a different lens? Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently met a visitor from Thailand who shared her experiences exploring Richmond’s parks, streets, libraries and museums.
It’s a clear, sunny day in Richmond. On the south side of Belle Isle, tourist Jaruwan Damrongsoontornchai takes in the view. Sprawling rocks, some dotted with smooth basins of water. Trees transforming with the season.