Val-Rae Christensen is a published author, essayist, and a content creator for OldWestEndVA.com. Her Gaslamp sci-fi/fantasy series,
The Icarus Project, is an attempt to examine inequality in infrastructures, government, and the resources those systems have a responsibility to provide.
In October of 2018, Val-Rae founded the
Health and Peace Initiative, a community outreach endeavor to take mindfulness practices and trauma education out into the public, providing individuals with the means to self-manage stress, anxiety, depression, and the effects of adverse experiences.
As the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History’s writer in residence, and through her project “Responsibility over Guilt”, Val-Rae intends to provide opportunities for conversations around the issues of equality and Civil Rights in our community and in our nation today.Empathetic conversations, with a sensitivity to the endemic and lasting nature of trauma—even beyond generations—can lay the groundwork for healing and understanding in our community.