Published March 12, 2020

Updated: 4/8/2021

At Virginia Humanities, we are committed to exploring the history, culture, and traditions of our communities, but we believe that public health and safety should be everyone’s top priority. At this time, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is a global crisis that continues to affect people all across Virginia.

Virginia Humanities is affiliated with the University of Virginia (UVA) and is following all UVA policies and procedures related to the Coronavirus. We are also following all state guidelines issued by Governor Northam. Our offices remain closed to the public and our staff continues working from home. We anticipate reopening in our new location at Dairy Market later this spring, in a modified capacity.

While current guidelines allow gatherings of fifty people indoors and 100 outdoors, all Virginia Humanities public in-person events remain cancelled. We encourage our grantees and partners to do the same.

See our list of virtual events on our online calendar for opportunities to stay connected and engaged through our #HumanitiesAtHome programming.

CARES Act Emergency Funding

In 2020 we provided more than $600,000 in grants to 112 museums museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across the state.

The funds were part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March and were designed to provide emergency operating funds to humanities-based organizations that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantees and Partners

We strongly encourage all our partners, grantees, and fellows who are conducting Virginia Humanities funded or associated events to postpone, cancel, or offer all public events virtually until it is safe to resume them.

We ask all our partner organizations to notify us of any/all updates regarding postponements and cancellations, so we are able to update our records and calendars as well as oversee scheduling efforts for make-up events.

Virginia Humanities grant recipients are required to follow all CDC and Virginia guidelines regarding COVID safety for all in-person events. Given the distribution of our grantees across the state, we are unable to verify compliance at specific events. If you choose to attend in-person events, please take reasonable precautions.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and will provide further information and updates about how COVID-19 is affecting our work as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can access information from the Virginia Department of Health or the CDC

We are continuing to serve you through a variety of online programs, but our office is closed to the public and our staff is working from home. The best way to reach them with any programming questions or feedback is by email. We are still able to receive mail at 145 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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