Arts & Culture

  1. New Art Coming to Elmwood Park in 2017

    Roanoke, VA - The Art in Roanoke (AIR) exhibit in Elmwood Park will get a new look in the spring of 2017. The Roanoke Arts Commission has issued a call for artists to locate nine new temporary works along the Art Walk on Bullitt Avenue. Read on...
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**NEW***  Non-profit organizations that intend to request funding in the upcoming budget cycle  may access the funding application by clicking this link:  
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The City of Roanoke views art and culture as integral to the community because of their potential to enhance the quality of life for Roanoke’s citizens, increase tourism, support education, and stimulate the economy. 

Roanoke also sees public art as a tool to create livable cities, create a heightened sense of place and community identity, enliven the visual quality of public space, and enrich the spirit and pride of its citizens.

The Roanoke Arts Commission is responsible for overseeing the development of Arts and Culture in the City of Roanoke.

The mission of the Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC), as established in 1983, is to “advise and assist city council on matters relating to the advancement of the arts and humanities within the city” to establish Roanoke as a vibrant, prosperous community where arts and culture engage people in all aspects of life. The RAC increases 
the collective impact of the arts and cultural community by

    • Advocating for arts cultural initiatives and investment
    • Managing and informing the City’s Public Art Plan.
    • Advancing the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan.
    • Guiding City investments in arts and culture.