Lua Project members Dave Berzonsky, Estela Knott, and Matty Metcalfe w. Son Jarocho master musician Zenen Zeferino
Lua Project Announces Mexilachian Son
New Sones from an Emerging Virginia Culture, May 11-12
Announcing a weekend of public performances featuring Veracruz, Mexico based Son Jarocho master musician and poet Zenen Zeferino in collaboration with roots music ensemble the Lua Project. Luray, Va—Mexilachian Son is a multimedia project featuring extensive interviews with Latino immigrants in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. With support from Virginia Humanities, Lua Project artists […]
Contortionist Mandkhai Erdembat pictured with her apprentices and first students on the set of Erdembat's show, 'Contortionist's Seed' - Photo by Pat Jarrett
2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase
Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville. The showcase will feature the graduating class of masters and apprentices and welcome in the new class, plus many Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program alumni. Audiences will enjoy live musical performances and […]
Welcome New Virginians: Tom Tom Festival
What makes cities thrive in the 21st century? The Tom Tom Civic Innovation Conference is a day-long forum connecting changemakers across sectors. Session themes such as equity and inclusion, creative placemaking, affordable housing, local journalism, community wellness, and data-driven policy make for a unique event that offers real-world playbooks from across America and fosters alliances […]
Dr. Nader Majd teaches his apprentice, Ali Reza Analouei, to play Persian classical music on the tar in April 2018. Photo by Pat Jarrett
A Mighty Tapestry
Preserving Traditions that Amplify the Commonwealth’s Diverse Heritage
The Virginia Folklife Program’s apprenticeship teams are preserving an array of traditions that amplify the Commonwealth’s diverse cultural heritage.
Greg Smithers - Photo by Pierre Courtois, Library of Virginia
The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America
Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Greg Smithers, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a talk about the research he conducted for a project entitled “The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America.” The book is a biography of aquatic places that Cherokee people and their indigenous neighbors believed […]
Festival of the Book & CFA Institute Announce 2019 Partnership
The Virginia Festival of the Book—a program of Virginia Humanities celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture—today announced the second annual partnership with CFA Institute to support select 2019 Festival programming with a focus on diversity and inclusion. As an advocate for […]
Gallery5 – Conversation Series
A series of facilitated public conversations, presented monthly, exploring a range of social issues that are central to Richmond’s past and present. Richmond & the Suburbs – 1/30 Richmond & Black Freedom – 2/20 Urban Agriculture – 3/13 Richmond & Public Art – 4/17 Richmond & Sustainability – 5/15 Richmond & Transportation – 6/19 This […]
Adriana Corral, Unearthed: Desenterrado (2018). Site-specific installation at Rio Vista Farm, Socorro, Texas. Flagpole: 60 feet; Flag: cotton, 18 x 30 feet. © 2018 Adriana Corral. Photo: Courtesy of Adriana Corral and Black Cube.
Adriana Corral’s Unearthed: Desenterrado
In her socially engaged practice Texas-based artist Adriana Corral investigates universal themes of loss, human rights violations, concealment, and memory. Her rigorous research-based practice and solicitous process draws from the fields of anthropology, journalism, gender studies, and human rights legal studies. For this body of work, Corral draws on her extensive research into the historical […]
1619–2019 & Beyond
Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand […]
Karenne Wood speaking at the NASA Langley Research Center. Photo courtesy David C. Bowman.
Karenne Wood at VCU
Stone, Bone, and Clay: Virginia Indians' History of 18,000 Years
Dr. Karenne Wood, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and director of Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Indian Programs examines the deep history of the American Indian presence in Virginia and considers how our understanding of that history has been influenced by museums, historians and popular media and changed by archaeological discoveries. This talk is presented […]
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Foundations of the Appalachian Trail as Sacred Landscape
Colonial Demons and Holy Mountains
During the 1960s, academic critique of Christianity presented the Puritans and other American colonists as antagonistic to wilderness. Recent scholarship has, in contrast, described the Appalachian Trail corridor as a pilgrimage route. Virginia Humanities Fellow Susan Bratton, a religious and environmental studies professor at Baylor University, argues that multiple religions have portrayed the Appalachian peaks […]
Woodland Union Church Cemetery. Photo courtesy Alison Bell
Front Porches of the Dead
VFH Residential Fellow Alison Bell teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Bell has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and says that in the 1980s a shift started happening in these spaces where the living and the dead come together.
Bell recently sat down with Trey Mitchell, director of web communications at VFH, to discuss her work.