Books & Literature
Virginia Center for the Book works across the Commonwealth to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs and partnership initiatives. The Center recognizes the enduring power of literature, storytelling, and the book arts to engage in public dialogue and promote intercultural understanding.
As an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Virginia Center for the Book works within a network of more than 50 affiliates to promote books, reading, literacy, and the literary life of Virginia.
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together every March for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture.
The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. The Festival presents programming for readers of all ages, from international bestselling authors to topic specialists or debut authors, and coordinates author outreach programs for schools and underserved communities.
Cultures & Communities
Virginia Humanities is committed to uncovering and sharing the complexity and richness of Virginia’s African American history and culture while creating opportunities for Virginians to explore this richness and complexity for themselves.
Our guiding belief is that African American history is not separate from the mainstream Virginia story. It is integral to any fruitful understanding of life in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Humanities, is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.
Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich Folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community.
Immigration to Virginia began in 1607, and the Commonwealth has been continuously shaped and reshaped by waves of immigration and migration ever since. Especially over the past forty years, the face of Virginia has been changing rapidly as immigrants and refugees have arrived, and continue arriving, from all parts of the world: from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. “Global Virginia” explores both the experience and the impact of immigration on Virginia’s communities and the state as a whole.
Encyclopedia Virginia is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia.
Published in partnership with the Library of Virginia, Encyclopedia Virginia produces topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited to be accessible to a general audience, and vigorously fact checked.
Entries are accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites.
Discovery Virginia is a new effort to digitize and preserve the thousands of valuable assets VFH has produced in its forty year history, ranging from rare musical recordings to oral histories and grant-funded films. This institutional repository will give users a single web-based point of access to digital content across its programs.
Grants & Fellowships
Virginia Humanities offers fellowships to scholars and writers at the writing or production stage of a research project. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. Applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of public humanities, with an emphasis on Virginia stories.
Virginia Humanities accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public humanities programs for audiences in Virginia.
Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has awarded more than 3,000 grants, bringing scholars and citizens together to promote a greater understanding of the humanities.
- Open Grant Program: Open to proposals on a wide range of subjects, for projects in any format, and for amounts typically up to $10,000. Deadlines are April 15th and October 15th. Draft proposals are strongly encouraged.
- Discretionary Grant Program: Smaller grants of up to $3,000. There is no deadline for this program; applications are accepted at any time. Applicants should contact Virginia Humanities staff in advance before submitting a Discretionary Grant proposal.
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