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

VFH connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. By supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global educational programs for broad public audiences, VFH encourages discovery and connection through the humanities.

Since its founding in 1974, it has grown to become the largest and most diversely funded state humanities council in the country, producing more than 40,000 humanities programs including festivals, public radio programs, and digital resources, and contributing to more than 3,500 grant projects and 350 individual and collaborate fellowships.

 

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

In just over 40 years, we’ve produced more than 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, conferences, and radio programs, we’ve contributed to over 3,500 grant projects, and 350 individual and collaborative fellowships.

VFH is able to do this work thanks in part to a unique partnership with the University of Virginia. Our statewide headquarters are in Charlottesville at the University, and VFH functions as both a non-academic department of UVA and an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.