Your voice needed: What would make Charlottesville a better community?

What would make Charlottesville a better community to live in? For you and people you know?

This fall, WTJU is asking this core civic question through artistic expression and people’s voices. We’re creating Dreaming Charlottesville, a two-pronged community arts project:

  1. Three consecutive in-person exhibitions in WTJU’s micro-museum. (Details coming soon.)
  2. A month-long on-air audio series, featuring the voices of community members like you


If you’d like your voice to be included, use one of the two methods described below. We may share what you send us on WTJU radio, as well as our web and social media platforms.

Method 1 (Smartphone):

On your smartphone, open an audio recording app (Voice Memos on iPhone; Recorder or Voice Recorder on Android). Hit record.

State your name and occupation or affiliation. Then respond to some or all of these prompt questions:

  • What brought you to Charlottesville?
  • Why do you live here?
  • What’s the best part of living here?
  • What’s the hardest part about living here?
  • If you could wave a wand and change one thing about our community, what would it be?
  • What would make this place better for you and people you know?
  • Imagine Charlottesville as the best community it could be. What does that look like?
  • How could we get there?

Hit stop on the recording.

Email the file to Also send us a headshot photo of yourself that we might use in social media.


Method 2 (Voicemail):

Call (434) 260-3560‬. Leave a voicemail using the prompt questions listed above.


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