A Letter From Matthew Gibson

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To Our Virginia Humanities Friends,

As we near the close of the year, I want to thank you for supporting Virginia Humanities.  Because of you, in the last year we have celebrated and helped preserve Virginia’s folk cultures and traditions, provided opportunities for students to explore their history in creative ways, facilitated important conversations, and given grants that serve communities across the entire state.

Matthew Gibson – Photo by Pat Jarrett

In Arlington, one of our grants helped 280 middle school students learn the history of the Halls Hill neighborhood while experiencing the tradition of Piedmont Blues music. The students made their own cigar box guitars and wrote songs telling the story of the construction of the Halls Hill segregation wall in the 1930s and its removal in 1966.

In Hampton Roads, 400 people attended the Unmasking Hampton Roads series to engage in honest conversations about race and racism, and inclusion and equity.

In Charlottesville, more than 300 community members of all ages joined printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.—our first Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence—to put their words of wisdom on letterpress posters, which were then displayed across town in about 40 public exhibits.

And our Encyclopedia Virginia team gathered more than a dozen teachers from Title I schools across Virginia for a workshop on integrating local, under-told histories into classroom curricula using 360-degree imagery to create virtual field trips.

These are just some of the many amazing projects your support has made possible. As we seek to enhance and enrich the lives of Virginians in 2020, I invite you to include us in your year-end giving so we can continue this important work.

With gratitude,

Matthew Gibson
Executive Director, Virginia Humanities