A Message From the Director

As many of our program alums and supporters know, Blacksburg Stories and Blue Ridge Stories  are programs I co-founded with Paul Harrill to address the underserved need of youth media literacy and arts education in the New River Valley as well as to provide Virginia Tech Cinema Studies students with an opportunity to learn by teaching. Since 2007, we have run this program as a labor of love in addition to our full-time teaching responsibilities at Virginia Tech. We were able to keep this camp going thanks to our VT student volunteers, in-kind support from Virginia Tech, and sponsorship from outside grants and organizations.

For the first time this year (2012), the program will not be offered. While Blue Ridge Stories has come to be a highlight of every summer, I am stepping away to focus full-time on my filmmaking work. It is my hope that the program will be able to resume at some point in the future.

We would like to thank all of the families who have supported this program over the past five years as well as the Department of Communication and the Lyric Theatre who helped nurture this program in its infancy and the Department of Theatre and Cinema, InnovationSpace, and the Taubman Museum of Art, who ushered the program into new growth.

–Ashley Maynor
Co-Founder and Program Director