St. John Baptist Church, Cobham VA - Photo by Justin Reid/Virginia Humanities
Afro-Virginia Exhibition Premieres June 7 in Charlottesville
On Friday, June 7, from 5:30-7:30pm, Virginia Humanities African American Programs will premiere ‘Afro-Virginia: People, Place & Power’ during the First Fridays Art Opening at Studio IX Gallery & Listening Room
Banking on Freedom
Watch the livestream recorded June 2, 2019 at New Dominion Bookshop.
Hear Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal read from her book and take questions at New Dominion Bookshop in this public book talk from June 2, 2019. Between 1888 and 1930, African Americans opened more than a hundred banks and thousands of other financial institutions. Banking […]
A Conversation About Race
with Dr. Beverly Tatum - Recorded May 30, 2019
“A Conversation About Race with Dr. Beverly D. Tatum” is an Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in partnership with Virginia Humanities. This community event, held May 30, 2019 at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, featured a discussion with Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids […]
Beneath the Surface
Announcing a new partnership between the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Virginia Humanities.
The new Beneath the Surface: Race and the History of Race in South Hampton Roads initiative focuses on Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. The goal is to deepen awareness of the role race plays in issues confronting the region and to lay groundwork for positive transformation.
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 […]
Emily Spencer master master of the clawhammer banjo on the Virginia Folklife Stage at the 2013 Richmond Folk Festival. Photo by Peter Hedlund.
Announcing Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2019-2020
Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Folklife Program announces the 2019-2020 class of Master artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Through a competitive selection process, Master artists are chosen from diverse Folklife practices and traditions and paired with an apprentice. The seven new teams join more than 120 pairs of masters and apprentices who have taken part […]
Virginia Humanities Board Member Dulce Carrillo - Photo by Jeanne Siler
Meet Virginia Humanities Board Member Dulce Carrillo
Virginia Humanities Board Member Dulce Carrillo was born in Guadalajara and raised in Los Angeles. As an undergrad at Berkeley, she spent a semester in Seoul, South Korea which changed the trajectory of her life and career. She spent the next seven years as a Mexican Foreign Service Officer in Seoul and Tokyo, and eventually […]
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.
Book Festival Live Streams
If you couldn’t make it to Central Virginia to attend our Festival of the Book in person this year or missed a program due to a scheduling conflict, you can catch up with live video captured at the following events. Photos and audio of even more programs are available at VaBook.org. Festival of the Book […]
Staff Picks for the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book
Virginia Humanities is proud to announce three titles from the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book as our inaugural group of “Virginia Humanities Staff Picks.” Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson, and Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez all powerfully reflect our organization’s commitment to diverse […]
Robert C. Vaughan III, president and founding director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities - Photo by Tom Cogill
Remembering Rob Vaughan
(June 9, 1944–March 6, 2019)
By Matthew Gibson Robert C. Vaughan III—Virginia Humanities’ founder and president—passed away Wednesday evening. While many of us knew Rob as the head of Virginia Humanities for forty-three years, he was, of course, so much more than a leader of an organization. He was Virginia’s cultural visionary for more than four decades. His leadership and […]