BackStory Podcast Receives NEH Grant
Virginia Humanities at the University of Virginia received $460,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its award-winning program BackStory. The award is part of the $18.6M in grants announced by the NEH on Monday. BackStory, the American history podcast, will produce a new series of episodes with accompanying resources for […]
Nate Leath and the Wildmans
Announcing Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2018-2019
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the 2018-2019 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master artists are selected through a competitive process in all forms of Virginia’s expressive cultures. The eight new teams join more than one hundred pairs of masters and apprentices who have taken part in the […]
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.
Frances Latimer in the archives at the Northampton County Courthouse, where she did much of her research.
Announcing Latimer Fund for Grants Exploring African American Life in Virginia
George A. and Frances Bibbins Latimer Fund will support grants exploring African American life and achievement in Virginia
Public Art Installations Explore Race & History in Charlottesville
Virginia Humanities Collaborates with UVA Students and Professors to Install Power-washed Text Quotations Charlottesville, Virginia—Following a critical reexamination of monuments and memorials in Charlottesville and nationwide, Virginia Humanities announces a series of public art installations in downtown Charlottesville and around University of Virginia (UVA) Grounds in conjunction with its 24th annual Virginia Festival of the […]
#UnseenCville Public Art Installations Explore Race & History in Charlottesville - Photo by Eze Amos
“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 […]