Making Change with Catherine Read

We always love our time with Catherine Read, the genius behind ReadThinkAct.com and a true walk-the-walk social activist. Catherine is also a strategist, activist, advocate, speaker, trainer and a host of two weekly television shows and a live radio show on the Fairfax Public Access Channel. I was privileged to be her guest on one of those radio shows, Making Change, on March 18, where I spoke about Heard’s exciting plans for world domination, or at least for sharing how we are ready to help those in need in all communities through art.

“10 Questions” with Barbie Sweeney, Residential Coordinator, Domestic Violence Program

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it was our honor to interview Barbara Sweeney, the City of Alexandria Residential Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Program. Barbie, as we call her, runs the city’s domestic violence shelter and does so much more. Did you happen to walk through Market Square any evening this month? It’s awash in purple to bring attention to this most important cause.

Barbie talks about how COVID-19 has impacted domestic abuse, what signs to watch for, how to help, and so much more in our video and our “5 More Questions” follow-on story.

Alexandria’s HEARD: Jane Collins Brings Art to the Marginalized

You saw the video of our executive director, Jane Collins, in the hot seat with Susan Fleischman of The Zebra admitting to her love of Ben & Jerry’s, Law & Order: SVU and how badly she needs a nap on The Zebra’s Facebook Live! show. All of the guests who Jane grilled with her “10 Questions” show got their revenge!

Oh, and Jane also talked about Heard of course, and how she will help you start a similar program in your community. Just five steps, and Jane will guide you along the way.

Didn’t see it? Our friends at The Zebra followed up with this cute print story, written by Orrin Konheim.

 

Jane Collins of Heard (and Z-TV LIVE) to Speak at Tom Tom Foundation Summit

We love The Zebra! They are so good to us!

Alexandria, VA – Jane Collins, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit Heard, and frequent host of The Zebra’s Z-TV LIVE, will speak at the Tom Tom Foundation’s virtual summit, Cities Rising, on October 8. The event had been slated for spring 2020 before the pandemic shut it down, and it’s been reinvented as a seven-week virtual summit. Read the rest of the story here.

Update: Listen to Jane share the value of the arts in healing a community, and how she can help you start a similar organization:

“10 Questions” with Stella Hanly, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

“10 Questions” went out on a high with Stella Hanley, Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.” Animal care has been affected by COVID in unimaginable ways, and Stella and her team at the AWLA have really stepped up to it. Seriously, they have 500 volunteers? How awesome is that? And how did Stella’s childhood in northern Ireland make her the driven, empathetic executive director she is today? As always, watch our entertaining Facebook live show here and read our “5 More Questions” for a bonus.

And special, special thanks and tons of love to The Zebra for this opportunity. It was so much fun and I’m sad that it has to end. Here’s hoping that “10 Questions” truly made Alexandria a better and stronger community.