Published April 3, 2024

Charlottesville—Today, Virginia Humanities, the state humanities council, announced $274,748 in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth.

Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has been awarding grants to support projects that explore the stories of Virginia—its history, people, communities, and cultural traditions.

“This round of grants spans the Commonwealth from Abingdon to Onley and includes cultural institutions in large metropolitan areas like Fairfax as well as small rural communities like Powhatan,” says Virginia Humanities’ executive director Matthew Gibson. “Each one of these projects contributes to our understanding of a different facet of Virginia’s story. We’re proud to support these efforts.”

To learn more about Virginia Humanities’ grants program, visit VirginiaHumanities.org/grants.

14th Annual Patsy Cline Block Party: Celebrating Patsy Cline ($3000)
Winchester, Virginia

14th Annual Patsy Cline Block Party is a free community festival which celebrates the iconic country music legend’s birthday and legacy through music, history, and food.

2024 Line-Up: The Lost Boy, The Fall of Thebes, Art, Puffs: Silver Line Theatre Exchange ($2000)
Staunton, Virginia

Support for a series of four play performances provided with ASL interpreters so that Deaf and hard-of-hearing community members can enjoy the shows and discussions.

Ancestry 100: Powhatan Teachers Then & Now: Drexel-Morrell Center ($5000)
Powhatan, Virginia

The Ancestry 100: Powhatan Teachers Then & Now project aims to rediscover, preserve, and celebrate the stories of Powhatan’s African American teachers.

Building Equity Through Youth Literary Arts Education: The Podium Foundation ($10000)
Richmond, Virginia

Building Equity Through Youth Literary Arts Ed: A project to enhance literary and communication arts education programs, emphasizing the empowerment of youth through self-expression and the celebration of cultural, racial, and educational equity.

Civics Education Initiative: Bridging the Civics Education Gap in Virginia Schools: Virginia Museum of History & Culture ($20000)
Richmond, Virginia

Civics Education Initiative: Bridging the Civics Education Gap in VA Schools includes two educational programs, Justice in the Classroom and Building Bridges, aimed at enhancing civics and constitutional history education for VA’s K-12 students.

Community Letterpress Print Shop: Springhouse Community School ($20000)
Pilot, Virginia

Support for Sourced Press, a community letterpress print shop in Floyd County that aims to preserve letterpress printing tradition and foster community connections.

Digital Legacy Plan: Old Church Gallery ($4512)
Floyd, Virginia

Digital Legacy Plan supports the establishment a comprehensive archival digital repository for the community-based cultural arts museum’s extensive community archives.

Displaced from the Birthplace of America: The Village Initiative ($5000)
Williamsburg, Virginia

Support of the documentary film “Displaced from the Birthplace of America.” The film explores stories behind the displacement of Williamsburg’s Black community due to urban renewal in the 1970s, shedding light on community resistance and belonging.

Falls Church City Local History Curriculum: Falls Church City Public Schools ($5000)
Falls Church, Virginia

Falls Church City Local History Curriculum supports the development of a PreK-12 Local History Curriculum in Falls Church City Public Schools.

Hampton University Photovoice Exhibition: Participatory Action Research as a Social Justice Tool: Hampton University ($2000)
Hampton, Virginia

The 2024 Photovoice Exhibition is an opportunity for student researchers to amplify the lived experiences of Hampton University students and promote active engagement with university policymakers through a unique multimodal platform.

Harrisonburg’s Ida M. Francis House: From Green Book to National Register of Historic Places: Mountain Valley Archaeology ($5000)
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Harrisonburg’s Ida M. Francis House: From Green Book to National Register of Historic Places supports the organization’s effort to apply for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places registry.

Interwoven: The Brownsburg Museum ($13550)
Brownsburg, Virginia

Interwoven, an exhibit combining descendants’ perspectives, local history, and multimedia elements, including contemporary photographs and a church pew from a 19th-century Black church. Exploring the intertwined roles of slavery and religion.

It’s A Conversation: Community & Family Development Training Center ($4997)
Onley, Virginia

It’s A Conversation is a series of workshops held at local institutions which aim to celebrate the achievements of African Americans, explore the history of community leaders, and initiate discussions on racial, social, and educational issues.

Juneteenth is for EVERYONE! Powhatan, VA: Powhatan African American Cultural Arts Museum ($2000)
Powhatan, Virginia

Support for a Juneteenth celebration in Powhatan featuring a display of African American teachers there from the 1860 to today.

Monumental Honor Mural Project: Monumental Honor Organization ($2750)
Richmond, Virginia

Monumental Honor seeks to memorialize the legacy of four Richmond Medal of Honor Recipients: G. Street, E. Dervishian, P. Beaty, & J. Monteith.

Multi-purpose learning space and exhibition: The Virginia Quilt Museum ($5000)
Harrisonburg, Virginia

“Multi-purpose learning space and exhibition” aims to transform  Museum’s lower level into a multi-purpose space, featuring exhibition signage on quilting basics, hands-on learning stations, a research library, and areas for classes and programs.

Publication for Dear Mazie, Exhibition: Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation ($20000)
Richmond, Virginia

Publication for Dear Mazie, Exhibition:  group exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Amaza Lee Meredith, the first known queer Black woman self-taught architect.

PVCC Prison Creative Arts Project: Piedmont Virginia Community College ($5000)
Charlottesville, Virginia

Support of the Prison Creative Arts Project. Teaching PVCC’s incarcerated students personal storytelling skills and transforming student work into public performances.

Reflections in Dignity: An Exhibit of Cosmetology and Barbering at Christiansburg Institute: Christiansburg Institute Inc. ($3939)
Christiansburg, Virginia

Support for the new exhibition “Reflections in Dignity”: A dynamic exhibit honoring Black beauty culture and the Christiansburg Institute legacy through artifacts, tutorials, and interactive learning.

Run Richmond 16.19 (3rd Edition): Djimon Hounsou Foundation ($20000)
Venice, Virginia

Support for the educational features and installations of RUN RICHMOND 16.19, an event on September 21st, 2024, aimed at celebrating unity and diversity through a journey across 400 years of Black history in Richmond, VA.

Saving Brown Grove: George Mason University ($13500)
Fairfax, Virginia

A project to preserve the history of Brown Grove Rural Historic District, a 200-year-old African American community in Virginia facing gradual erasure due to industrialization.

Southwest Virginia Artisan Conference: Round the Mountain Artisan Network ($5000)
Abingdon, Virginia

Support for the Southwest Virginia Artisan Conference, an initiative for regional artists which unites artisans from 19 counties and 4 cities.

Support for Public Events in 2024: Washington Heritage Museums ($5000)
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Support for Public Events in 2024: Supporting free programs and events at the Washington Heritage Museums.

The Life of First Lady Wilson at the Fin de Siècle: A 125-Year Educational Retrospective: Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum ($5000)
Wytheville, Virginia

An interactive exhibit at the museum’s Wytheville location, addressing major social, economic, and political issues of the early 20th century, complemented by a presentation mini-series throughout the summer of 2024.

The Monstrous Me Project: Center for Independent Documentary ($20000)
Newton, Virginia

Series of exhibits, workshops, and a documentary film exploring the lack of disabilities representation in media.

The VCCS Poet Laureate and Visual Artist Competition: Virginia Foundation for Community College Education ($5000)
Richmond, Virginia

To support the creation of a biennial Poet Laureate and Visual Artists competition within the Virginia Community College System. Funding is provided to publish winners’ works, provide workshops and humanities scholarships.

Trials and Tribulations: Reinterpreting 17th-century Women’s History at Jamestown: Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation ($20000)
Jamestown, Virginia

New public programs focused on women’s experiences at Jamestown across the 17th century.

Tribal Truths Podcast: Virginia Tech Foundation ($20000)
Blacksburg, Virginia

Tribal Truths Podcast is a collaboration among 11 state and federally recognized Tribes in Virginia that serves as a platform for Indigenous communities to share their history, culture, and current issues through oral storytelling.

Virginia Children’s Book Festival: Virginia Children’s Book Festival ($20000)
Keysville, Virginia

Support for an annual three-day book festival with the goal to foster a love of reading in children living across rural Virginia.

W. Wanambi Distinguished Lecture by Mayatili Marika at the University of Virginia: The Kluge-Rhue ($2500)
Charlottesville, Virginia

Support for a public lecture delivered by Mayatili Marika, a Yolngu person on the occasion of a new exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Art Gallery. Marika is a descendant of a prominent artist and she has had a central role in curating the exhibitions and interpreting Yolngu art for new audiences.

About Virginia Humanities 

Virginia Humanities is the state humanities council. We’re headquartered in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, but we serve the entire state. We aim to share the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to share their own stories. We want Virginians to connect with their history and culture and, in doing that, we hope we’ll all get to know each other a little better. Founded in 1974, we are one of fifty-six humanities councils created by Congress with money and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to make the humanities available to all Americans. To learn more, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.

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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