Changing the Narrative: Programs

Author Residencies

Short-term author residencies provide students in grades 3 – 12 with an opportunity to personally connect with and gain inspiration and insight from an inclusive group of regional authors. More »

Teacher Institutes

Changing the Narrative summer teacher institutes help educators combine technology and storytelling with racial healing to further classroom conversations and deepen understanding of historical narratives. More »

Radio & Podcasts

Nationally recognized programs BackStory and With Good Reason are producing content that helps to challenge common stories and help to change the narrative. More »

Where I’m From

Inspired by George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From” poems, Virginia Center for the Book offers prompted bookmaking that cleverly weaves together personal narratives. More »


In each of the six cities served by Changing the Narrative, an advisory committee works with a Virginia Humanities liaison to designate a location-specific project to help further propel the mission of Changing the Narrative.

Grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Virginia Humanities will fully or partially fund this work. For more information, reach out to members of your community’s advisory committee.