“Visible reality hides a deeper one…things unseen.” – James Baldwin, 1962 America is not “post-racial,” and neither is Charlottesville. Over the coming weeks, #UnseenCville is scrubbing away the dirt of our city’s sidewalks, revealing passages from The Fire This Time, a new reflection on James Baldwin’s 1963 essay The Fire Next Time. Find the quotes, explore […]
Historian Ed Ayers and Ina Dixon talk with former Danville mayor Sherman Saunders. Photo by Von Wellington.
History & Reconciliation
By David Bearinger Stories have power. History has power. And the ways that history is represented through monuments and other memorials have the power to unite and to divide. Whose history is it? Who owns the past? If a flag or a statue or the name of a public building means one thing to one group […]
Introducing Virginia Humanities
An Updated Brand for one of the Nation’s Most Influential Humanities Organizations
Charlottesville, VA—Since its founding in 1974, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has grown to become the most diversely funded, most diversely programmed, and one of the largest state humanities councils in the country. After 44 years of service, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is simplifying its name, clarifying its message, and renewing its commitment to […]
Preston Adkins (Chickahominy) dances at the ground breaking of Mantle, a tribute to Virginia Indians
Recognizing Virginia Indians
Six Tribes Gain Federal Recognition
Six Virginia Indian tribes recently gained federal recognition, bringing to seven the number of Virginia Indian tribes acknowledged by the United States government. The recognition is the result of a bill, sponsored by House Representative Rob Wittman and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, that was signed into law in January. The newly recognized tribes […]
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, […]
Local students are excited to see youth headliner Kwame Alexander during the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. Photo by Peter Hedlund.
Taking it to the Classroom
This March, the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book will host close to 90 in-school visits by participating speakers, connecting K-12 students and teachers in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Waynesboro with acclaimed and inspiring writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals. A full list of author visits to schools planned as part of the 2018 Festival can be found on […]
The story of Dorothy Logan and other Virginia members of The United Order of the Tents, the oldest black women’s organization in the U.S., will be shared in an upcoming documentary film project by Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. Photo by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich.
Virginia Humanities Announces Eleven New Grants
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $55,500 in recent grants to eleven nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
Dr. David Stenhouse
Dr. David Stenhouse Joins VFH’s BackStory
Multi-Award-Winning Public Radio Editor Joins VFH’s BackStory
BackStory, an American history podcast produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), is pleased to welcome BBC Development Executive Dr. David Stenhouse as BackStory senior producer. Dr. Stenhouse assumed his new role on January 16.