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Partnering to Invest in Appalachian Folk Arts Communities

In 2021, the Virginia Folklife Program began a three-year partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts project Central Appalachia Living Traditions, or CALT. CALT promotes the understanding and recognition of folk arts …

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Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program returns to the Richmond Folk Festival! On Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, visit the Folklife Area to see demonstrations by apprentices from the 2019-2020 …

October 8–9, 2022 | Richmond Folk Festival, Brown's Island, Richmond, VA 23219
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The Chosen Few: A Cappella Gospel from Virginia

We are collaborating with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to present a special online concert by the Chosen Few, a quintessential Tidewater gospel group, on Wednesday, June …

July 20, 2022 | 12PM | Online (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
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“In Good Keeping in 2022” Film Premiere

Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a film screening and discussion honoring the artists and tradition bearers from the 2021-2022 apprenticeship class!  Since its inception in …

June 15, 2022 | 5:30PM – 8PM | Bristol
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Announcing the 2022-2023 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities is proud to announce the 2022-2023 class of mentor artists and apprentices.

Sights & Sounds

Lemlem Gebray and Datta and Akeza Seyoum

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and Ethiopian beans are arguably some of the best in the world. As legend has it, coffee was first discovered by …

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Yara Cordeiro – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 4

For the latest episode of the Folklife Fieldnotes series, Pat Jarret went to a batizado, where Abada-Capoeira DC were honoring their students’ achievements and ranking in capoeira.

Sights & Sounds

Earl White – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 3

Earl White is a fiddler, founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and leader of the Earl White Stringband. Produced in partnership with WMRA.

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Joe Troop of Che Apalache

We are excited to co-host a performance by Joe Troop who will perform with his quartet at the Front Porch. Troop is a long-time friend of the Folklife Program, and …

March 25, 2022 | 8PM – 10PM | Charlottesville
Sights & Sounds

Skip Herman – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 2

Skip Herman is a world-renowned instrument repairman from Frog Level Guitar Shop in Abingdon, Virginia. This podcast is produced in partnership with WMRA.

Sights & Sounds

Series Intro – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 1

WMRA’s Chris Boros at Pat Jarrett from The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities preview what’s to come on Folklife Fieldnotes.

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New Virginia State Folklorist Announced

Charlottesville—Virginia Humanities announced today that Katy Clune will be serving as the new State Folklorist and director of the Virginia Folklife Program. As the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, …