Folklife Apprenticeship Program
We provide $5000 for an individual who is considered a master of a cultural tradition to train an apprentice. Projects span music, crafts, community storytelling, foodways, and more. Applications due April 7.
News and Events
Join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Crooked Road, southwest Virginia’s “heritage music trail.”
Sochietah Ung was named a National Heritage Fellow in recognition of his work in Cambodian costume making and dance.
Folklorist Kim D. Stryker shares a project documenting the labor behind Virginia’s growing wine industry.
Roni Stoneman performs at the Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival in 2005. Jon Lohman remembers her ability to give joy.
In recognition of several important anniversaries for Virginia’s country music institutions, Governor Glenn Youngkin declared 2024 the “Year of Country Music” for the Commonwealth in February. Anchoring this year of …
Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich folklife refers to the “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community.
Virginia’s folkways are rich with traditions that have been rooted in the Commonwealth for centuries, as well as those that more recently have been carried here and nourished by Virginia’s diverse immigrant communities.