Refuge in the Valley
“Refuge in the Valley: Portraits of Hope” is an photographic exhibit featuring portraits of individuals and families from seven countries: Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Pakistan, and the Central African Republic who have relocated to Harrisonburg, VA. Harrisonburg area photographers Ernie Didot, Amelia Schmid, and Howard Zehr provide this rare glimpse into the lives and struggles […]
Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries
Over 75 scholars, poets, artists, musicians and dancers representing ten countries will converge on Eastern Mennonite University to discuss, examine, and celebrate how women of Anabaptist traditions have encountered borders, challenged boundaries, and crossed lines. The conference will feature a number of speakers, including keynotes addresses by New York University Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies […]
Richmond Jazz Society presents an historic exhibition - VIRGINIA JAZZ: The Early Years
Exhibit: Jazz In Virginia: The Early Years
This multi-media exhibition created by Richmond Jazz Society illuminates over 30 Virginians who made significant contributions to the development of Jazz as an American art form – from the early rhythms of its birth at the turn of the 20th century to the multifaceted vibrations leading to the music’s modern sound. The exhibition is hosted […]
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At the Common Table
VFH Fellow Jamie S. Ross explores the history of southern foodways
Jamie S. Ross is the director of Red Dirt Productions and a non-residential Fellow at VFH. She’s working on a film, At the Common Table, that traces the history of southern food. By delving deeply into the core cuisine of the South, At the Common Table explores the creativity and ingenuity of those responsible for […]
Local Colors Festival
Celebrating Ethnic Diversity of Western VA Celebrating and showcasing the ethnic diversity of western Virginia featuring food, dance, music, exhibits, demonstrations and traditional clothing and customs of over 40 different cultures. Opening ceremonies will take place at 11:00 a.m. on May 20th and the Presentation of the Nations will take place with approximately 60 countries […]
Rahim AlHaj (photo by Douglas Kent Hall)
Rahim AlHaj at Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg
Free and open to the public VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program and Court Square Theater present a concert with virtuoso oud musician and composer, Rahim AlHaj at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. Mr. AlHaj, born in Baghdad, Iraq, began playing the oud—a stringed instrument dating back at least 5,000 years—at age nine. After studying at the Institute of […]
Dudley Biddlecomb and Peter Hedlund, participants in VFH’s Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program passing on the traditions of oyster aquaculture - Photo by Pat Jarrett.
VFH Brings Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition to Virginia
VFH, in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums and six organizations across the state, will help Virginians examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element through “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.
Shakers & Jerkers: Radical Revivalism in the Shenandoah Valley & East Tennessee, 1805-1815
Join VFH Fellow Douglas Winiarski for an illustrated lecture that examines how “the jerks”—involuntary convulsions in which the subjects’ heads lashed violently backward and forward—emerged out of a shadowy world of Scots-Irish signs and wonders that flourished in the Shenandoah Valley and Eastern Tennessee. Radical Presbyterian “jerkers” fueled the explosive growth of the early western Shaker communities, and […]
Sushmita Mazumdar (left) and Sughra Hussainy. Photo by Susan Sterner.
The Road from Afghanistan
Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity
By David Bearinger Sughra Hussainy’s dark eyes sharpen when she says, “the body needs food to sustain itself, but the soul needs art to survive.” Sughra knows about survival, and she knows about the power of art to connect people across time and space, especially when a work of art reflects and carries within itself […]