June 8, 2017 marks 150 years since of the birth of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and events are taking place all summer across the country. Known for famous buildings like Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum, Wright also experimented with more affordable housing. One of these "Usonian" homes in Virginia was almost demolished by the state. For Virginia Currents, WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more on the family that commissioned the home and the woman who saved it.
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Virginia artists Jerome and Jeromyah Jones are known for their portraits of prominent figures from Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett to Muhammad Ali and Tom Brady. The father-son duo have a new exhibit at the Elegba Folklore Society that focuses on Africa and weaves together the past, present and future. WCVE's Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
About 40% of Richmond Public School students didn’t pass reading tests last academic year. One local teacher discovered her students didn’t have much time to read - about 10 minutes each school day.
A growing number of organizations in Greater Richmond are working to educate the community about the impact of trauma on children and families. The effort involves service providers, educators, government agencies and community groups. In the first of an ongoing series on Trauma and Resilience, WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Virginia leaders in finance, business and government are helping expand “impact investing” - keeping money local and directing it toward positive social outcomes. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In Chesterfield, leaders are working on corrective action plans after two schools were denied accreditation - a first in the county’s history.
In addition to adding staff and partnering with VSU, the County is looking at new ways to measure student growth. For 88.9 WCVE’s Learning Curve, Catherine Komp spoke with Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane and Matoaca District School Board Representative Rob Thompson.
Community and backyard gardens are spreading in Virginia, as more people take an interest in locally grown food. Now several initiatives are helping people become urban agriculture entrepreneurs, including an intensive program at Tricycle Gardens. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond city leaders have been gathering public feedback on the draft “RVA Education Compact.” Part of Levar Stoney’s campaign platform, the Compact is an agreement between the Mayor, City Council and the School Board to work together to raise academic achievement and reduce poverty.
The Compact aims to “institutionalize collaboration,” by holding quarterly meetings between Council and the Board, developing an Education Compact Team and setting up a Children’s Cabinet to more effectively facilitate wrap-around services.
A new book explores the family behind one of Richmond’s most popular public spaces - Maymont. Author Mary Lynn Bayliss spent decades piecing together the history of the Dooley Family. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Nearly 140 years ago, the Jones family moved to Western Henrico. They didn’t have much at first, but eventually owned more than 1000 acres of land. A descendant is protecting what they have left and sharing his family’s history. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Special thanks to Alan Weatherhead for composing original music and scoring this story. All family photos courtesy of the Jones Family.