Few states have yielded as many National Heritage Fellows as Virginia. VFH and the Virginia Folklife Program are playing an increasing role in seeing so many Virginians receive NEA’s highest honor.
VFH Board Member Walter Rugaber says the humanities remind us that we’re part of a civilized society.
VFH Board member Lacy Ward Jr. discusses the history of civil rights in Virginia and why he thinks the humanities matter.
VFH Board member Stephen Adkins served on the school board for Charles City County where he became aware of a void in the way the story of Virginia Indians was told in Virginia history classrooms.
VFH Board Member Marcy Sims discusses the transformative power of books.
In Prince Edward County, the Moton Museum engages in the tough work of confronting a painful past.
A Mexican Folk Dancer connects to her daughter and heritage through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. “When I dance with my daughter I am passing on the tradition in the most passionate and authentic way.”
VFH Folklife Director Jon Lohman tells the story of Charlie McClendon and the R&B music scene in Hampton Roads in the 1960s.