Updated: 3/18/2020

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 affecting more than 100 countries/territories/areas. A growing number of cases have been identified in and around Virginia.

Virginia Humanities is affiliated with the University of Virginia and we are covered by UVA’s decision to cancel all in-person events until at least May 15th. Sadly, this includes the cancellation previously announced of the 26th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, which was scheduled for March 18-22, 2020.

In making this decision we are joining a number of universities, non-profits, corporations, and governmental entities that are limiting non-essential, out-of-area travel and avoiding large gatherings as reasonable precautions to slow the spread of the virus in our communities.

We strongly encourage all our partners, grantees, and fellows who are conducting Virginia Humanities funded or associated events to postpone, cancel, or offer virtually any event planned between now and May 15th.

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.

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 remain open, but our staff is working from home. The best way to reach them with any programming questions or feedback is by email.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.