The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia
Panel Discussion New Virginians: The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia Presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities in conjunction with the Library’s annual Anne and Ryland Brown Teachers Institute, Virginia Humanities’ David Bearinger, director of Grants and Community Programs, moderates this conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia in the […]
Old Traditions/New Virginians Folklife Celebration
Explore the sights and sounds of the “New Old” traditions of migrants who have come to Virginia within the last 30 years. This Folklife Celebration features traditions as varied as Vietnamese đàn bầu music (a one-stringed instrument), the exquisitely colorful Guatemalan alfombra (sawdust carpet) and dance, Hindustani raga singing, a Bolivian tinku dance group, and […]
Young Charlottesville To Speak Out About Race
A Three-Day Series on Anti-Racism
On Thursday, June 21, Virginia Humanities will kick off #UnmaskingCville, a three-day series on anti-racism, led by Charlottesville youth and young adults. The series will include three events held June 21-23 at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Inspired by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear The Mask”, the Unmasking series first launched in Richmond in the […]
A three-part learning series, presented by Virginia Humanities The three-day #UnmaskingCville experience offers a safe space for candid and solution-centered dialogue about racism, led entirely by Charlottesville youth and young adults. #UnmaskingCville is not just talk. By the end of the series, participants will feel more empowered and be better equipped to dismantle racism and […]
Our Civil Rights: A Common Table Series
Facilitated by Ina Dixon, a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Our Civil Rights: Our Common Table is a discussion series exploring the history of food and race in the South, as well as in our local community. Our Civil Rights: Our Common Table is a program of Virginia Humanities and takes place on the second-to-last […]
Clockwise from top left: Bol Gai Deng, Nhi Le, Pryalal Karmarkar and family, Julia Garcia, Elena Zemmel, Isabel Castillo
New project captures the stories of immigrants and refugees living in all parts of Virginia
More than two dozen “immigration stories” are being collected by Virginia Humanities, working in partnership with the Library of Virginia and with support from Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration/American Evolution.
Dyvonne King (left) and Jahonna Scott (right) recording an original song about the Unsung Heroes of Historic Brookland Park.
Using a process known as “Transformative Language Arts” local youth gather oral histories and bring them to life using creative writing, storytelling, songwriting, and dramatic performance.
CFA Institute Supports Diverse Voices and Inclusivity
2018 Virginia Festival of the Book
The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities, serves a unique role in Central Virginia, bringing to Charlottesville hundreds of speakers each year to participate in programs that are rooted in contemporary published works and seek to foster active engagement with contemporary issues, for all ages and reading levels. The Festival has […]
Announcing New Project Director for Food & Community in Virginia
Food and Community in Virginia, a project of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, welcomes Lilia Fuquen as project director for this year-long initiative. The goal of Food and Community in Virginia is to bring people across the Commonwealth together to document, celebrate, and share traditional, contemporary, and emerging foodways. Through diverse food traditions, […]