Below is a bit of news released late yesterday afternoon. It's good news for local theater folks to have someone well-versed in the local scene at the Arts helm at Style. I worked tangentially with Don at 64 magazine and am looking forward to working with him more directly at Style.
RICHMOND – Award-winning journalist Don Harrison, a longtime Virginia arts advocate, has been named Arts & Culture Editor of the 27-year-old Style Weekly, an alternative newsweekly covering news, arts, culture and opinion in the state capital.
Harrison, a Style contributor, also has served as contributing editor of the bimonthly lifestyle magazine Virginia Living, associate editor of the former regional arts publication 64 Magazine and helped launch the former Soul of Virginia magazine. He’s contributed to Parade Magazine, AOL-Digital Cities, C-Ville Weekly, the Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot.
In July Harrison completed a two-year project as chief researcher and writer for “Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth,” a 2-CD set and museum exhibit produced in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College. The project, in partnership with Brent Hosier and Grammy-winning sound specialist Chris King, was partially funded with a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Harrison also has been a Richmond representative to the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Central Virginia advisory council and served on the Arts Council of Richmond’s Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium. (He will step down from those positions in assuming this new role with Style Weekly.) Since 2006 he’s been an active member of the programming committee for the widely acclaimed National/Richmond Folk Festival.
In accepting this position with Style, Harrison will retire from his participation in SaveRichmond.com, a six-year-old blog that received the 2005 Laurence E. Richardson Freedom of Information Award from the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.
Harrison can be reached at Style Weekly beginning Monday, Aug. 17, at 804-358-0825, ext. 347, and at firstname.lastname@example.org.