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Help Artsline Become More Diverse

Recently, my friend Julia and I had lunch at a local Latin restaurant. While eating, we discussed how the Richmond area has become more culturally varied in the 23 years we have been friends. We agreed that our lives are enriched by knowing about the food, arts and thought of the distinctive groups who make our area home.

One of my 2014 goals is to ensure that Artsline events always reflect the changing audiences in 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio’s listening areas. In the 10 years I have written Artsline, I have composed the weekly scripts almost entirely from submitters’ events. To that end, I have written announcements about dance and vocal music of India, a visiting choir from Russia, photography from Myanmar, African dance and storytelling, a performance of Inuksuit by Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, and a play by Richmond’s Islamic Theatre.

As varied as those events were, I know there were many more that did not reach Artsline and that is where I need your help. Please visit ideastations.org/artsline to submit qualifying events that are representative of your ethnic or cultural heritage. Plase make sure you read the Artsline submission policy so that you know what and how to submit and are aware of Artsline’s deadlines.

If you listen to Richmond Public Radio via 89.1 WCNV in Heathsville or 90.1 WMVE in Chase City, I am particularly interested in receiving qualifying submissions from your areas so that Artsline is equitably written to include events from our listeners outside the Richmond area.

Also, please submit events for children such as children’s theatre performances, summer art camps and workshops, film screenings, etc. I want to make Artsline more inclusive to our junior listeners and their families. In late spring of the last 2 years I have asked for submission of children’s art and cultural events through my Angel’s Summer Camp post on this website with great success; help me bring that success to Artsline year-round.

With your assistance, Artsline can better embody the diversity and inclusiveness that drives 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio.