The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is temporarily closed to the public from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Monday, March 30, 2020.

Since 2002, the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program at Virginia Humanities has brought together more than 130 experienced master artists and eager apprentices, ensuring Virginia’s diverse traditional art forms are passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition.

REAL FOLK gives viewers an inside look at these traditions and the people who are keeping them alive, helping to ensure that Virginia’s treasured folkways remain in good keeping for years to come.

This exhibit, on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum March 6—August 2, 2020, is produced through a partnership between the museum and the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities.

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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