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Richmond Ballet Premieres Ma Cong's Lift the Fallen

One of the final performances of the Richmond Ballet’s 30th season included the world premiere of Lift the Fallen by choreographer Ma Cong. The ballet is a tribute to Ma's mother following her death from cancer and explores love, loss, healing and community. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.

Learn More: Watch a video preview of Lift the Fallen and find out more about Ma Cong’s work.

Natural Bridge Emphasizing Virginia Culture, Education and Conservation

Many in Virginia welcomed the news earlier this year that Natural Bridge was sold and will eventually become a state park. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited this “Natural Wonder” to learn about what’s in store for this unique part of the Commonwealth.

Learn More: Follow the ongoing changes at Natural Bridge and learn about upcoming events on their Facebook page and website.

GRASP Guides Teens Through Tuition Hurdles

As Virginia high school seniors prepare for their upcoming graduations, many have also been navigating the complex system of paying for college. The statewide organization GRASP guides families through this process, with the goal of helping more people access higher education.

The average cost of tuition at Virginia’s public universities is about $10,000 a year. Adding room and board doubles the price. Over a period of four years, it adds up.

“You have to be a really careful consumer when you’re looking at higher education.”

Virginia Currents: 50 Years a Slave, the Hidden History of Rachel Findlay

The Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave traces the struggles of Solomon Northup after he’s kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. Similar stories played out all over Virginia, and many people fought their bondage through Freedom Suits. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp brings us the story of one woman who spent five decades illegally enslaved, but never gave up the fight to free herself and her descendants.

Virginia Currents: VSU Chorale Continues 40 Years of Inspiring Students, Audiences

With a 40-year-long history, the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale has captivated audiences around the country and the world. After last year’s appearances on America’s Got Talent, the group toured Europe and performed at the Pope’s Vatican Christmas Concert. In today’s installment of Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp goes behind the scenes to find out what makes this Petersburg-based choir so unique.

Virginia Currents: Norfolk Transformation of Neighborhoods

Last week, Virginia Currents previewed the upcoming Better Block initiative in Richmond. During two days in June, community members will transform a section of North Church Hill with temporary landscaping, outdoor seating and pop-up shops. This week, we take you to Norfolk, and see how one section of downtown has changed one year after their own Better Block event. Catherine Komp has more.

Virginia Currents: Richmond Prepares to Transform Neighborhood Through Better Block Placemaking Event

On June 13th and 14th, a section of Richmond’s North Church Hill will be transformed as community members redesign the area with temporary improvements. It’s part of a nationwide effort led by the group the Better Block to help residents revitalize their neighborhoods. In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Currents: Wytheville Residents Continue Legacy of 1882 African-American Training School

The small town of Wytheville is known as the birthplace of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, for a serious polio outbreak in 1950s and for its week-long Chautauqua arts festival held each June for the last 30 years. But the town also has a rich African-American history which a group of residents are trying to preserve. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Currents: Science, Art and History on Display at Flora of Virginia Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Library of Virginia examines the art, science and history of the state’s diverse plant life. It’s part of the Flora of Virginia Project, which is continuing to educate the community about native plants following the 2012 publication of the Flora of Virginia. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Currents: Students, Teachers Join Bobby McFerrin in Advocating for Music Education

March is Music in Our Schools Month and events are taking place across the state. In Northern Virginia, a music educator who has been inspiring students for decades helped lead one of them to a unique and memorable experience. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.