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Best.Weekend.Ever.

August 25, 2021 by Emily Winter

ARE YOU READY TO HAVE THE BEST.WEEKEND.EVER.?! more

Summer Daze by Las Traumadas

July 12, 2021 by Andrea Dono

Join us in celebrating our 3 Year Anniversary at Las Traumadas! We're honored to feature the following bands at Pale Fire: more

Summer Arts Day Camp in Downtown Harrisonburg

May 26, 2021 by Andrea Dono

Rocktown School of the Arts Presents a Pop-Up Summer Arts Camp in 2021 more

VISIONARIES: A Changing the Narrative Art Project

February 18, 2020 by Katie Mitchell

When you see Zaharia Ford-Byrd’s painting, currently housed in the Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House Gallery, of a Stars and Stripes wrecking ball slamming into a bright, colorful, enlivened house, you might recall artist Hugo Gellert’s image of a strapping, muscular man wielding a sledgehammer over the quaint town beneath him. Gellert’s image, however, was used in a 1946 pamphlet titled “THIS IS IT,” generated by Norfolk’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority to promote the “creative destruction” involved in urban renewal initiatives. The simultaneous resemblance and contrast of these two images highlights an urge to conveniently blur the line between progress and violence. Hearing the voices of the urban residents on the receiving end of the wrecking ball lends the balance needed to understand the consequences of urban renewal and opens a space where it’s possible for healing to begin.  more