About Us


Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement.

Virginia Humanities encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global educational programs for broad public audiences. We work with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront current issues, and discover a promising future.


Since its founding in 1974, Virginia Humanities has produced more than 40,000 humanities programs serving communities large and small throughout Virginia, the nation and the world. In addition to Foundation-directed programs including festivals, publications, digital initiatives, conferences, teacher institutes, and public radio programs, VFH has contributed to more than 3,000 grant projects and 300 individual and collaborative fellowships.

What Are The Humanities?

The humanities use language, reason, and imagination to interpret the world around us. We experience the humanities through narrative, musical, artistic, and religious traditions that are embedded in all cultures and reflected in history, law, language and literature, philosophy, religion, the arts, and studies of culture.