Arts & Culture Impact


Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Begins Summer Teaching Program

The vibrant arts community and the cultural richness of Roanoke have been major factors in the ability of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to attract leading medical research teams and their families to Roanoke.

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Impacts of Supporting Arts & Culture

Quality of Life

Supporting the arts & culture helps improve the quality of life by:

Providing inspiration and enjoyment to residents

Beautifying shared public spaces

Igniting the mind to stimulate new ways of thinking, communicating, and doing business


Exposure to the arts & culture boost learning for students by:

Improving vocabulary, communication, memory, and social-emotional development in young children

Increasing academic performance and scores on standardized tests.

Finding better jobs, earning degrees, and volunteering.


Supporting the arts and culture helps reinforce the social fabric of our community by:

Preserving historic and cultural heritage

Providing a better understanding and an appreciation for cultural diversity

Facilitating connections and reducing barriers between diverse groups (e.g. age groups, ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes)