Coping With COVID-19 In Eastern Virginia: Our Region's Challenges And Triumphs
- Category: Community
- Published: 25 March 2020
With the rapidly changing circumstances and updated restrictions in place, WHRO Public Media has been checking in with local business owners, musicians and other community members to see how they are coping. From canceled shows to new ways of doing business, hear about both the challenges and the triumphs that residents are facing during this pandemic.
April 7, 2020
What's Next For The Local Arts Community?
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.
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.
Note: The Virginia Arts Festival is a sponsor of WHRO Public Media.
April 3, 2020
‘Saving A Lot Of Heartache’: Norfolk Restaurants Provide Free Meals To Laid Off Workers
Many restaurant workers are jobless because of the coronavirus. Some Norfolk restaurants are partnering to at least provide them with free meals.
March 30, 2020
Norfolk Woman Turns Vacuum Bags Into Medical Masks
A former nurse is refashioning vacuum bags to help health care professionals protect themselves from COVID-19. Since creating the first mask last week, Meder has donated 75 finished masks directly to working nurses. She’s accepted requests for other health care workers, like those who visit patients in their homes.
March 25, 2020
Local Brewery Delivers New Product
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!
Local Performing Artists Band Together
Rebecca Evans, host of Arts Undercurrent talked with local musician and performer Caroline Scruggs. Caroline (like so many performing artists) saw her livelihood vanish in an instant with the COVID-19 shutdown of public gatherings. Yet, even in this most challenging time, Caroline has found a way to keep her performances going. She has also found a light and support not previously experienced within the artist and performing communities during uncertain times.