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 […]
Lilia Fuquen - Photo by Stephanie Gross
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, […]
Branded Head by Hank Willis Thomas. © Hank Willis Thomas
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
The Taubman Museum of Art will present “Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection”, featuring more than one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world. The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race, and representation in art being made today. […]
Rendering of the monument courtesy the Women's Monument Commission.
New Women’s Monument
Read about the twelve women honored in new women's monument
Earlier this month ground was broken in Richmond’s Capitol Square for a new monument honoring the contributions of women in Virginia. The monument will feature bronze statues of twelve women, nine of whom you can read about in VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia. Anne Burras Laydon (ca. 1594–ca. 1636) and her mistress were the first two English […]
Students attend a master class by Civil Rights icon Ruby Sales at UVA Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Changing the Narrative
Announcing Major Funding for a Multi-Program Initiative to Address Racism and Racial Bias in Virginia
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) at the University of Virginia has been awarded $899,435 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for “Changing the Narrative.” The two-year project aims to broaden and reframe narratives of Virginia’s past by engaging local communities and youth in addressing the present-day challenges of racism and bias. It is part of […]
Charles Marsh and Ruby Sales at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Ruby Sales and the Future of Civil Rights Activism
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).