Arts + Entertainment

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance & the Arts: A Video

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance & the Arts from Dakota Wray on Vimeo.

In honor of Fine Arts Celebration Week, we’re kicking off our week on the Do Downtown blog with a special video produced by two JMU students. The video features scenes of the downtown arts community and an interview with Nicole Martorana, Editor of the Do Downtown blog and Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. As not only an active member of downtown, but also an artist herself, Nicole provides insights and perspectives about Harrisonburg’s evolving arts scene and downtown Harrisonburg’s designation as the first Arts & Cultural District in Virginia.

Meet the Filmmakers


Dakota Wray is a recent graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts & Design. He enjoys creating pieces that are not only visually striking, but emotionally moving as well. His hobbies include hiking, climbing, and surfing when in his hometown of Virginia Beach. An aspiring documentary filmmaker, he hopes to work for the National Geographic Society where he spent last summer interning.



Blair Boswell is a rising senior at James Madison University, studying digital video & cinema and creative writing. She is also a photographer for the school’s newspaper, The Breeze. Blair spent the Spring 2013 semester studying in London through JMU, where she also interned at Sally Potter’s film company. She will return to Harrisonburg in the fall for her final year at JMU and a video and promotions internship with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.


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