Preservation architect and Saving Slave Houses founder Jobie Hill and architectural historian Niya Bates assess a former slave cabin during a site visit with Virginia Humanities staff. Photo by Peter Hedlund/Virginia Humanities
Virginia Humanities Awarded Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Virginia Humanities is one of more than twenty new grantees in the second-year cycle for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
A woman waves an American flag at the Prio Bangla festival in Arlington. A recent grant from VA Humanities will fund an interpretive publication, to be distributed in conjunction with the festival, featuring interviews with more than a dozen immigrants and refugees. Photo Courtesy © Lloyd Wolf / Columbia Pike Documentary Project
Virginia Humanities Announces Twenty-Five New Grants
Virginia Humanities announces $140,900 in recent grants to twenty-five nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The Virginia Humanities Grants Program helps communities share and preserve their history and convene conversations around issues relevant to Virginians. Virginia Humanities has been awarding grants to museums, historical societies, and […]
Will Trinkle - Photo by Jeanne Siler
Meet Virginia Humanities Board Member Will Trinkle
Virginia Humanities Board Member Will Trinkle recently returned to Virginia after living for twenty-eight years in New York City. He’s a real estate developer with a company based in Roanoke. He was invited to join Virginia Humanities’ Board of Directors by former Board member Renee Grisham. Recently, he sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our […]
360 degree panorama of Buffalo Forge by Peter Hedlund
Mapping Virginia’s Slave Dwellings
Preserving Black History with Street View
A few months back we told you about a short documentary coming out from Google Earth Outreach. The six-minute film highlights the work our Encyclopedia Virginia and African American Programs are doing to document slave dwellings across Virginia. Google released that film on June 19th in honor of Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the abolition […]
The Unseen Cville public art installation reinterpreted ordinary spaces with quotations from the James Baldwin–inspired collection The Fire This Time. Photo by Eze Amos
Engaging Young People in Dialogues About Racism
By Raennah Mitchell In 2019, millennials are projected to surpass baby boomers as the largest living generation in America. And with a new wave of teen and young adult activists taking to the streets and making headlines—protesting issues ranging from gun violence to racial bias in police practices—young people are making their voices heard in […]
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 […]