About Us

The former Dan River Fabrics building in Danville.  Installation of the “Home” sign was a community event sponsored by the History United Project and the Danville Historical Society in 2016.  Photo courtesy of Mark Aron and the Danville Regional Foundation.
The former Dan River Fabrics building in Danville. Installation of the “Home” sign was a community event sponsored by the History United Project and the Danville Historical Society in 2016. Photo courtesy of Mark Aron and the Danville Regional Foundation.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement.

Who We Are

We tell stories that are centuries in the making. We reach out on multiple media platforms to explain the importance of the humanities outside a classroom.

By teaching the wide array of unique expressions in art, music, literature, law, history, and more, we expose others to the vast world of cultural differences — all to better interpret the world around us.

 

VFH President Rob Vaughan at the Advocacy Reception

Through scholarship and dialogue, we explore the past to discover our future. When people and ideas connect, our days are more meaningful, our solutions more thoughtful and creative, and our futures more promising. We thrive and grow together.

— Rob Vaughan, Founder & President

 

How We Do It

For over 40 years, we’ve produced over 40,000 humanities programs in Virginia and beyond. They promote lifelong learning, public dialog, and community engagement.

Our efforts are educational in nature, but civic in practice. Alongside our festivals, publications, CDs, conferences, and public radio programs, we’ve contributed to over 3,000 grant projects, and 300 individual and collaborative fellowships.