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Hear Together: Live Arts

Powered by more than 1200 volunteers, Live Arts is a nonprofit community theater in downtown Charlottesville that has presented engaging plays and musicals in Central Virginia for more than 30 years. The organization’s Pay-What-You-Can offering has been a staple of its programming for decades, as part of an early commitment to making sure that theater is accessible in the community and ensuring that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

In addition to Live Arts’ quality productions, they offer year-round education classes and workshops, including teen play-writing and youth summer camps.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Executive Director Anne Hunter. Listen at the audio link below and learn more about Live Arts’ upcoming classes and seasons here.

Additional support for Live Arts on WNRN is sponsored by Ting Gigabit Fiber Internet.

2022-05-02T16:34:22-04:00May 2nd, 2022|

Superchunk Home Studio Session

We’re bummed Superchunk won’t be performing in Richmond this weekend, BUT we’ve got your chance to hear the band play live and talk about new album Wild Loneliness (out now on Merge Records) in our latest Home Studio Session with host Desiré Moses.

2022-04-27T09:33:51-04:00April 15th, 2022|

Hear Together: Fit2Give

Ricky Martin has worked in the fitness industry for more than 30 years. He co-created Fitness Warriors through Sportsbackers, a program that offers free group fitness classes to underserved communities in Richmond.

Now, Martin has founded a new nonprofit, Fit2Give, which provides in-home personal training to help those who were extremely isolated during the pandemic stay mentally and physically healthy.

Certified through the University of Virginia and the CDC, Fit2Give has also launched a diabetes prevention program to level the playing field around health disparities in Central Virginia’s low income populations.

You can listen to our conversation with Mr. Martin at the audio link below.

2022-03-04T12:06:14-05:00March 4th, 2022|

Hear Together: Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA

The Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia work to uncover previously unknown ancestries of members within the community through research and preservation. They collect oral histories, provide educational resources, and offer tours of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers near the Rotunda.

We spoke with founding members DeTeasa Brown Gathers, Carolyn Mitchell Dillard, and Cauline Yates about working towards restorative justice and honoring the legacies of enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about the organization here.

2022-02-22T09:02:06-05:00February 21st, 2022|

Hear Together: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

In the Spring of 2020, the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers was completed with programing and initiative assistance from the office of the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia. The memorial is adjacent to the Rotunda and across from the Corner, inviting community members to honor those both named and unnamed — and to work towards restorative justice.

We spoke with one of DEC‘s founding members, Carolyn Mitchell Dillard, to learn more about the memorial and efforts to uncover the ancestry for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about the memorial here.

2022-02-22T09:11:33-05:00February 21st, 2022|

Hear Together: Pierce Street Community Garden

Although the Pierce Street Renaissance is the smallest historic district in Lynchburg, it boasts more historical markers for residents than any other street in the state of Virginia in a two-block stretch. It was home to Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, tennis pro Dr. Whirlwind Johnson, and William Calloway, whose neighborhood general store was one of the first Black-owned-and-operated neighborhood grocery stores in Lynchburg.

Now, the Pierce Street Gateway Foundation is taking strides to revitalize the Calloway Store, starting with the property behind it, where they’ve partnered with the community to open the Pierce Street Community Garden.

We spoke with team member Sarah Blankenship to learn more about the garden and the property’s history for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about the garden here.

2022-02-10T17:03:03-05:00February 10th, 2022|

Hear Together: Virginia Discovery Museum

Located on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, the Virginia Discovery Museum has been serving children and families for 40 years by hosting field trips, birthday parties and annual events like the Discovery Dash. Their engaging exhibits, which include the carousel that sits outside the museum’s doors, have become a staple in our community.

After being closed for 18 months due to the pandemic, the newly-reopened museum is still finding new ways to forge connections. Through their sponsored admission program, they partner with other area nonprofits to provide free entry to patrons in need. In a recent partnership with the International Rescue Committee, refugee families can visit the museum, connect with new friends, practice language skills, and even video conference with faraway family members using the museum’s wifi.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Executive Director Janine Dozier. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more on the museum’s website vadm.org.

Hear Together’s coverage of technological accessibility is supported by Ting Fiber Internet.


2021-12-21T10:47:41-05:00December 20th, 2021|

Hear Together: Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART)

Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) is a therapeutic riding program that serves children and adults with special needs in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. With 8-week sessions taking place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, clients can groom the horses before entering the ring to complete obstacle courses and work on exercises that allow them to grow together with the horse.

CART’s Sarah Daly gave us a tour of the barn for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and visit CART’s website to learn how to volunteer or enroll in a session.

2021-11-16T13:26:41-05:00November 16th, 2021|

Hear Together: C4K

C4K is a STEAM program combining mentoring and technology to prepare youth in Charlottesville/Albemarle for brighter futures. They offer a drop-in clubhouse, workshops, and a 1:1 mentoring program, where students in grades 6-12 are paired with a mentor to work on a project of the student’s choice. Concentrating on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, students can learn skills in a variety of fields from robotics, coding, and game design, to sculpture, painting, and photography.

We spoke with Hawa, a student enrolled in C4K, along with C4K’s Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Tricia Howell, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below, and find out more about C4K’s programming and enrollment here.

Hear Together’s coverage of technological accessibility is supported by Ting Fiber Internet.

2021-11-08T16:50:07-05:00November 8th, 2021|

Hear Together: Birth In Color RVA

Founded in 2018, Birth In Color RVA is a birth, policy, and advocacy nonprofit working towards better outcomes in maternal health and reproductive justice for women of color. The maternal mortality rates in the United States are alarming; Black women are three times more likely to die due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.

Birth In Color RVA strives to empower parents, providing doula services, childbirth education, newborn care classes, and postpartum support boxes, and even working with fathers to ensure that they feel connected and informed throughout the birthing process. To date, they’ve served over 450 women, certified parents in CPR training, and provided racial bias training for more than 200 healthcare workers. Most recently, they’ve extended their outreach to Lynchburg.

We spoke to co-founder and executive director Kenda Sutton-El for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more here.

2022-04-07T10:31:31-04:00October 25th, 2021|