VPM + ICA Community Media Center


There are too many barriers to putting important stories into the world. The VPM and ICA are challenging those barriers by launching the VPM + ICA Community Media Center – a recording studio and workspace that is free, and open to the public.

Whether you’re a student interested in media, a professional radio host, or simply a community member with something to say, the Community Media Center is for you. Learn practical and profitable production skills from experts. Build community with other storytellers, and get your voice out in the world.

Located on the second-floor of the ICA, the VPM + ICA Community Media Center at the Murry DePillars Learning Lab will launch virtually in the fall of 2020, and will be open for in-person recording in the fall of 2021. We believe the art of storytelling should be accessible to everyone, so we can share more stories that matter.



The VPM + ICA Community Media Center will be helmed by Chioke I’Anson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at VCU and underwriting announcer at NPR. As Director of Community Media, I’Anson will teach a podcasting seminar each semester for students in the Department of African American Studies and will work with a managing team comprised of VCU students to plan and create a series of community events and youth programs including podcasting and media classes, workshops on podcast development and critique, symposia with invited speakers and mentors, and live podcasting programs.