Jae Sinnett has been speaking with local arts organizations and city leaders to discuss how the region's local art scene will recover from the devestating effects of the current pandemic.

As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, WHRV’s Jae Sinnett, of Sinnett in Session, has spoken with local businesses, arts organizations and city leadership members on how the arts and music will recover from the devastating effects of the time. From new revenue streams, online performances, and the ideation around a region-wide music and arts festival, follow the conversation on this page. 

Jae Interviews Newport News City Mayor Mckinley Price
After speaking with Rob Cross, executive director for the Virginia Arts Festival, Jae turns to Newport News City Mayor, Mckinley Price, to discuss the idea of a multi-platform music festival to follow the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Jae Interviews Rob Cross, Executive Director For The Virginia Arts Festival
The COVID-19 shutdown has disrupted nearly everyone in southeastern Virginia. Small and large organizations alike have found themselves with a sense of losses in spirit and income. Even for seemingly unflappable organizations such as The Virginia Arts Festival, times are tough! With no concrete future, the question is, 'What's next?' That's when Jae Sinnett, from Sinnett in Session and Rob Cross, artistic director with The Virginia Arts Festival, got together on the phone to begin talks on how the region will answer that very question.

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Note: The Virginia Arts Festival is a sponsor of WHRO Public Media.

Local Brewery Delivers New Product

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Jae Sinnett, host of Sinnett in Session on WHRV had a few moments to speak with Randy Thomas, president and owner The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery about their mandated shutdown, their opportunity to be part of the distillery team making hand sanitizer for the U.S. government, and the creative ways they are still working to support local musicians during the shutdown. Out of bad, comes good!

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