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October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM). It’s the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation, a time when we celebrate the unique role the arts and humanities play in the lives of our families, our communities, and our country.

We invite you to make a gift during National Arts & Humanities Month to show your belief in the power that the arts, humanities, and culture have to improve our lives, help us understand each other, and build a future where everyone’s contributions to Virginia’s history and culture are understood, appreciated, and valued equally.

As we collectively begin to emerge from the pandemic and slowly figure out what our “new normal” looks like, we hope that the humanities have helped you make sense of the confusing and ever-changing world we share.

We hope that our programs, stories, and discussions have increased your understanding and maybe even sparked a little bit of joy.

Your Support Has Helped Us:

  • Produce a documentary film about the twentieth class of our Folklife Apprenticeship Program and show that documentary in Bristol, Virginia Beach, and Fluvanna County
  • Hold more than 175 virtual and in-person talks with authors for students and adults across Virginia
  • Deliver nearly $1 million in American Rescue Plan funds to keep local museums and historical societies running
  • Reimagine and relaunch our grants program to make it more accessible for Virginia’s cultural nonprofits
  • Conduct three virtual discussions with Virginia historians reaching more than 800 people
  • Publish thirty-one new encyclopedia entries on Virginia history and culture
  • Broadcast more than 150 interviews with Virginia scholars on 118 public radio stations across the nation
  • Relaunch our Fellowship Program with three new fellowship opportunities for K-12 educators, scholars at HBCUs, and public humanities fellows
  • Hold a day-long conference in Lynchburg, honoring Rosel Schewel, on Women’s Leadership in Democracies

This coming year, we will begin to make plans for recognizing our fiftieth anniversary as Virginia’s state humanities council. We will conclude the work laid out in our three-year strategic plan and begin working on a new vision for how we will serve the Commonwealth in the years to come.

We are thankful to you for helping us in this work. And as we look to the days and months ahead as a time of revitalization and growth, we invite you to continue your support of Virginia Humanities. Join us in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month and if you are able to make a gift, please give now to show your support.