Jahonna Scott - Still from a music video of an original song inspired by the Unsung Heroes/Together We Rise project by Embrace Richmond
Announcing Twelve New Grants
$76,000 to twelve nonprofit organizations
Virginia Humanities announces $76,000 in recent grants to twelve nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The Virginia Humanities Grant Program responds directly to the interests and concerns of local communities across Virginia. Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has awarded more than 4,000 grants, creating opportunities for Virginians […]
Frank Newsome - Photo by Ashley Twiggs/Virginia Humanities
Frank Newsome’s Gone Away with a Friend
Rereleased by Free Dirt Records, Produced by Virginia Folkife Program
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the rerelease of National Heritage Fellow Reverend Frank Newsome’s album Gone Away with a Friend on Free Dirt Records on June 29, 2018. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman and renowned country artist Jim Lauderdale recorded the album ten years ago in one summer evening in the tiny […]
Podcast producer Kelley Libby
WGR & Montpelier Partner on Constitutional Podcast
Virginia Humanities’ award-winning public radio show With Good Reason has partnered with James Madison’s Montpelier to produce a five-part podcast series that will explore connections between constitutional history and contemporary issues, with an emphasis on the First Amendment.
Summer Teacher Institute to Focus on Racism and Racial Bias
Virginia Humanities at the University of Virginia will hold a summer institute for Virginia educators from across the Commonwealth June 18-20 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville. Forty-one teachers, instructional coaches, and librarians will take part in the institute, which is part of a project funded by a grant from the […]
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 […]
Lumpkin's Jail - Courtesy of Special Collections, UVA
Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Woman at Lumpkin’s Jail
Virginia Humanities Fellow Kristen Green is working on a book that will tell the story of Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who is believed to have given birth to at least five children fathered by Robert Lumpkin.
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.
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