The Star City Arts Festival Elmwood Park, Downtown Roanoke August 24, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Endowment. A day full of local visual artists, culinary artists, cultural artists, bands, art vendors, local food and beverage vendors, fun things to do and try and make — this not only sounded like something Roanoke could do, it sounded like something with Roanoke’s name all over it! “The arts sector is massive,” said Crane, “more than many people realize.” Indeed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, “the arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP — a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, agriculture, and construction” (AmericansForTheArts. com). And it’s certainly vibrant in Roanoke — some of the amazing organizations participating in the Star City Arts Festival are The Taubman Museum of Art (who will have their ArtVenture tent set up), The Grandin Theater, the Jefferson Center Music Lab, Roanoke Public Libraries (with a book giveaway!), Opera Roanoke, CoLab, the Transportation Museum, the Harrison Museum, and Center in the Square. Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Roanoke Children’s Theater, Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, Mill Mountain Theater Conservatory, and Southwest Virginia Ballet will give performances. AND there will be two stages set up with three fantastic local bands
performing — blues guitarist and singer JoJo Stockton, afro-cuban jazz band Jstop Latin Soul, and gospel band Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven. Plus, there will be more than 20 local artists participating in a sidewalk art show and giving handson demonstrations. Don’t forget the city’s top food, wine, and beer trucks, too! Sponsored by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the City of Roanoke, the Roanoke Cultural Endowment, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and Downtown Roanoke Inc., the festival promises an eye-opening experience of the art culture that surrounds us in the Roanoke Valley. And it’s only going to get better and better over the years! Shaleen Powell, executive director of the Roanoke Cultural Endowment, said, “It’s RCE’s hope that the Star City Arts Festival will evolve and grow throughout the years to become an anchor event for arts and culture in our region. It is surrounded by the concepts of inclusion and participation.” Not only are the arts a fun and interesting part of Roanoke — and a great reason to have a festival — they’re incredibly important. “The arts have a huge social impact,” said Powell. “A high concentration of arts and culture in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social
Culminating in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s annual Symphony Under the Stars at 7:00 at the Elmwood Park Amphitheater Entry to the festival and Symphony Under the Stars is FREE!
cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. This festival will highlight the wealth of arts and culture organizations we have for a city our size! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Roanoke’s arts and culture offerings, get more involved, and have a great time with family and friends.” Family/August 2019
Volume 7, Issue 12