In Central Virginia, a new partnership is providing increased access to the performing arts for people with vision impairments and blindness. The non-profit Virginia Voice and the Virginia Repertory Theater are now offering performances with Live Audio Description. On this edition of WCVE’s Virginia Currents Radio, Catherine Komp brings you to a recent Mary Poppins show, where guests went on a pre-show tactile tour and enjoyed a live play-by-play of the visual elements of the perfomance.
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The Valentine museum's exhibit, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond, highlights the diverse identities, cultures and contributions of immigrants in the city. The project includes photographs, personal objects and audio recordings of dozens of residents about their journeys, their passions and their experiences in the Richmond. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Across the country, schools are examining high numbers of suspensions and seeking new ways to build a positive school climate. A growing number of districts, including those in Virginia, are training their staff in restorative practices. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.
Virginia public schools issued more than 130,000 suspensions in 2015-2016, including more than 70,000 to children in pre-K to third grade. On this week’s Learning Curve Catherine Komp speaks with Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys about what they're seeing after two consecutive years of analyzing suspension numbers and brings in 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith to talk about Richmond’s most recent statistics.
There are more than a dozen film festivals in Central Virginia, and this month a new one debuts. Pocahontas Reframed: The Native American Storytellers Film Festival features historic and contemporary films, and will bring American Indian artists and actors to Richmond. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond residents overwhelmingly passed the School Modernization ballot measure by a vote of nearly 85 percent.
Proposition A requires the Mayor to come up with a fully-funded plan to modernize school buildings in six months without raising taxes.
The measure’s sponsor Paul Goldman says past leaders haven’t lived up to promises to fix decaying infrastructure. “We’re making a statement that we are tired, long enough, we want a definitive solution, one way or another.”
Artists and scholars from around the world are in Richmond for the 7th Symposium on Islamic Art. To complement the gathering, VCU’s Anderson Gallery is highlighting the work of international and local Muslim artists in an exhibit titled "The Things I Could Tell..." WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Henrico County parents continue to have questions about bullying, racism and aggressive behavior in the district’s schools. This follows the recent locker room incident students distributed via social media at Short Pump Middle School. WCVE’s Catherine Komp and Megan Pauly have more for Learning Curve.
More than six decades ago, two doctors and a businessman saw a problem and an opportunity. Jim Crow laws had wiped out black political influence for decades, white leaders were mounting a statewide campaign to resist school integration, and not enough people of color were running for office. After the Richmond Crusade for Voters got off the ground, the political landscape started changing and the group would have a significant impact in Richmond and beyond.
The Petersburg Symphony Orchestra marks a milestone this year, its 40th season. Founded in the late 1970s, the orchestra involves performers of all ages and backgrounds, works with local schools and continues a mission to “entertain, educate and enlighten.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.