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Published July 10, 2024

Today, Virginia Humanities, the state humanities council, announced $43,900 in grants to 13 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.

“These awards provide vital support to organizations that are helping all Virginians understand the stories, histories, and cultures that make up our commonwealth,” says Virginia Humanities’ executive director Matthew Gibson. “We’re honored to be part of each one of these projects.”

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

The following projects received grants from Virginia Humanities between April-June 2024:

A Miserable Revenge: Recovering 19th-Century Black Literature from the Shenandoah Valley, Phase 2: James Madison University ($5000)  
Harrisonburg, Virginia 

Support for the final phase of editorial work on “A Miserable Revenge: A Story of Life in Virginia,” an unpublished Antebellum novel by George A. Newman, a pioneering Black educator in Virginia. 

Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah Valley: Clarke County Historical Association ($3000)  
Berryville, Virginia 

Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah Valley is an interactive, collaborative project between the Slave Dwelling Project and historic sites in Clarke County, VA highlighting the contributions of enslaved people to American history.  

Voices from the Tunnel: When Men were Machines: Augusta County Historical Society ($5000) 
Staunton, Virginia 

Voices from the Tunnel: When Men were Machines is an exhibit that sheds light on the human stories behind the construction of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, highlighting the contributions of enslaved African Americans and Irish immigrants.

Constitutional Conversations: Exploring the Many Voices of Our Founding Document: The Montpelier Foundation ($5000)  
Orange, Virginia 

Support for a mini podcast series by Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier exploring the U.S. Constitution’s influence on global democracy.  

Everybody’s Got a Story II: Virginia Organizing, Inc ($5000)  
Charlottesville, Virginia 

Everybody’s Got a Story is an annual festival organized by Hampton Storytelling which aims to embed storytelling into the city’s culture and celebrate its residents’ narratives.  

Virginia Indians: How the Powhatan Confederacy Influenced the Virginia Piedmont Summer Reading: Saving the Circle, Inc ($1400)  
Leesburg, Virginia 

Support for a quarterly unity in education presentation to Loudoun County Public Libraries focused on Tsenacommacah, the name given by the Powhatan Peoples to their Native homeland encompassing all of Tidewater Virginia, parts of the Eastern Shore and Piedmont.  

Milepost Music: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation/Blue Ridge Music Center ($2000) 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina  

Support for Blue Ridge Music Center’s Milepost Music concert series which showcases regional musicians and traditional music at iconic locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

The Other Boys of Summer Documentary Screening & Program: Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia ($2000)  
Richmond, Virginia 

Support for a special screening of The Other Boys of Summer and baseball related programing for youth with collaborative summer camp partners. 

Aware ‘24 With an Open Heart: Virginia Beach Art Center ($1500)  
Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Aware ’24 With an Open Heart is a series of events to be held during the month of October 2024 and related to the LGBTQ+ community of Hampton Roads.

Prio Bangla Multicultural Street Festival: Prio Bangla, Inc. ($2000)  
Woodbridge, Virginia 

Prio Bagla Multicultural Street Festival is a dynamic celebration of cultural diversity with vibrant performances, traditional foods, artisanal crafts, and interactive activities.

Inthrive Film Festival: Inthrive Film Festival ($8000)  
Richmond, Virginia 

The Inthrive Film Festival celebrates the voices and talents of people who survived incarceration by screening films made by previously incarcerated folks and hosting panel discussions, artistic displays, and educational seminars for the public.  

Cville Sabroso Festival 2024: Sin Barreras ($2000) 
Charlottesville, Virginia 

Cville Sabroso is an annual festival celebrating the diverse Latin American cultures that add to the richness of the Central Virginia Community.

Dunmore’s War: Diverse Perspectives in a Shenandoah Valley Conflict: American Frontier Culture Foundation ($2000)  

Staunton, Virginia  Dunmore’s War: Diverse Perspectives in a Shenandoah Valley Conflict is a series of lectures, activities, and living history demonstrations commemorating the 1774 war at the Frontier Culture Museum.  

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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