Local Colors Festival
Celebrating Ethnic Diversity of Western VA Celebrating and showcasing the ethnic diversity of western Virginia featuring food, dance, music, exhibits, demonstrations and traditional clothing and customs of over 40 different cultures. Opening ceremonies will take place at 11:00 a.m. on May 20th and the Presentation of the Nations will take place with approximately 60 countries […]
Public Humanities Cinema Project: The Celluloid Closet
Adjunct Professor at Randolph College and Executive Director of the Lynchburg Diversity Center, Andi Miller, will host a public film screening and dialogue series as part of the Public Humanities Cinema Project. The Celluloid Closet, the first film in the series, is a documentary based on the book of the same by Vito Russel. Both […]
Hidden Virginia History: The Connection Between the Buffalo Soldiers and the Philippines
Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA) will present a gallery exhibit at the Botetourt Gallery of Swem Library. Between 1899 and 1902 the United States engaged in a war of imperialism in the Philippines. African-American soldiers were expected to ‘take up the white man’s burden’ during this war for a country that did not […]
With VFH grant support, Filipino dance traditions will be represented at the 2017 Local Colors Festival in Roanoke, along with traditions from Mexico (Veracruz) and Cuba. Photo by Arnel Custodio.
VFH Announces Seventeen Grants to Humanities Organizations
Charlottesville, VA—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $56,950 in grants to seventeen nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The VFH Grant Program responds directly to the interests and concerns of local communities in Virginia, as well as to the needs of the educational organizations that […]
Finding What Has Been Lost
The Botetourt County Historical Museum will debut a special exhibit beginning February 1, 2017. The exhibit, titled “What Has Been Lost,” focuses on Botetourt County’s African American Community. The exhibit includes a series of pictures, documents, and artifacts, each telling the story of the African American citizens who made Botetourt their home. Much of the information features […]
The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA’s human computers.
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.