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VFH and VAM staff at the Advocacy Reception
VFH and VAM staff at the Advocacy Reception

On Thursday, January 15, seventeen staff members from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) traveled to Richmond, VA to remind state legislators what we do and why the humanities matter in Virginia.

Each legislator received a packet of resources that included a list of grants awarded in their community and a story from our 40 Years, 40 Stories campaign.

Staff from Community Programs, Scholarship, and Digital Initiatives were all present, giving legislators a thorough overview of our work. Representatives from more than 100 state legislative offices got a demonstration of our online interactive map VFH Across the Commonwealth, a geographical representation of VFH’s programs, events, and grants over the past five years.

Funding from Virginia’s General Assembly makes up approximately 15% of VFH’s budget. Thankful for their continued support, VFH co-hosted the 5th annual Legislative Advocacy Day breakfast reception with the Virginia Association of Museums. At the reception, Encyclopedia Virginia demonstrated the work they’ve been doing to incorporate virtual tours of Virginia’s historic sites into Google maps.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities continues to look to the state as one of its many partners and supporters in reaching its estimated annual audience of 26 million.

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