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Published March 12, 2020

Updated: 5/18/2020

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 with a growing number of cases being identified in and around 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. As of March 30, 2020 this includes complying with the Governor’s stay-at-home order and the cancellation of all in-person public events through June 10, 2020.

CARES Act Emergency Funding

On May 14 2020 we announced $599,500 in grants to 110 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 virtually any event planned between now and June 10, 2020.

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.

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