Our mission is to Preserve History and Present Art for all of Virginia’s New River Valley and beyond. We rely heavily on the generosity of community members like you to help us continue our pursuit of that mission.
Thanks to your generous support in 2020, we were able to retain all staff and remain open during the pandemic, allowing artists and students to show their work. We saw an increase in visitors during this time, as one of the few local institutions that remained open. In the words of Christiansburg High School art teaching staff, the pandemic did not cancel creativity.
Our 2021 GiveLocalNRV campaign will take place June 1-23. Thanks to the generosity of some members of our Board, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $12,000. That means your donation today will be doubled at no additional cost to you!
Looking Toward the Future: Growing With Our Community
Your support today helps us continue Growing With Our Community in the following ways:
Expand Our Footprint to Better Serve the Community
We are moving forward with expansion plans to create additional building space that will become a multi-dimensional resource for the New River Valley. This development will serve as a community center that will house additional exhibit space, outdoor event/interpretive space, indoor event space, add new technologies to enable greater visitor engagement, and enhance the institution’s collection and preservation capacity. Recently, we received notification of a $25,000 matching grant award for the initial planning phase from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Interpret and Examine the Region’s History through a New Lens and Offer a Safe Place for Discussion and Reflection
One of our objectives is to interpret and present the region’s culture and heritage, often through storytelling, public art, and history exhibits. In order to do this, it is critical to offer a safe environment and space to encourage dialogue and discussion, particularly to highlight cultural differences or elevate neglected voices in the community. We have the great responsibility, honor, and privilege to steward many untold stories that speak to the region’s heritage and offer these stories in curated form for public consumption and education.
Community Collaborations to Create new Programming and Curriculum such as a New Education-to-Go Kit
In collaboration with many community partners, we are dedicated to sharing resources in the effort to promote, present, and preserve African American heritage and culture in Montgomery County. One example is the creation of an educational kit focusing on regional African-American history to be used in Montgomery County elementary schools.
Partner with Lifelong Learning Institute
We have partnered with the Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech to offer at least one class each year. A walking tour of downtown Christiansburg was offered in 2019. In 2021, we will collaborate to offer a two-session class on the history of Montgomery County and will feature two board games developed in our Education-to-Go program.
THANK YOU for your support of these activities as we continue Growing With Our Community! Please follow us on Facebook where we share photos and videos featuring our art and history exhibits and artifacts, and the latest museum news.