Daniel Smith & Richard Maxham
Daniel Smith of Lynchburg is apprenticing Richard Maxham of Alexandria, a fifth-generation violinist, in violin making and repair.
Book Festival Preview Events
Join our Virginia Festival of the Book from March 16 to 21 for a series of Festival Preview Events across central Virginia.
A Legacy of Violin Making — Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 12
Richard Maxham is apprenticing under Lynchburg violin maker Daniel Smith, though the Maxham name has been intimately involved with violin making and performance for five generations.
Two New Opportunities For Traditional Arts In Bristol & Beyond
Made up of representatives from regional cultural organizations and independent artists, the Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team works to promote and support folk arts and culture in the greater Bristol community.
2023 Festival of the Book Schedule Announced
Our full 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book schedule is now live. From writing salons and book panels to immersive outdoor programs, there’s something for every reader.
Book Your Room Now!
Are you attending the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book as an out-of-town guest? Don’t wait to make your travel arrangements!
“Aunt Betty’s Story, the Narrative of a Slave Woman”
Last fall, we awarded a grant to the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project to fund a filmed reading of the narrative of Bethany Veney, who was born enslaved in Virginia in the early 1800s.
My Pandemic Valentine
Can one lover satisfy all of our needs?
DIY Punk Houses and Virginia’s Punk and Metal Communities
Pat Jarrett and Chris Boros discuss Virginia’s robust DIY Punk communities on this installment of Folklife Fieldnotes.
2023 Festival of the Book Speakers Announced
Our 2023 speaker lineup is now live! We’re beyond excited to announce the 50+ authors joining us from across the country this March.
More 2023 Festival of the Book Panels Announced
We’re almost ready to unveil the full schedule for the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book. But first, we’re pleased to share a third round of panels with you.
2023 Carol Troxell Reader: Meghan O’Rourke
We are honored to announce that our fifth annual Carol Troxell Reader is Meghan O’Rourke. O’Rourke is a New York Times bestselling author, poet, editor, and podcaster whose work often tackles challenging …
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Most Wednesday evenings folks interested in various aspects of printing and the book arts gather at the Center for an informal session of sharing their craft.Please see our Classes and …