Sights & Sounds

Ask A Punk for the Address

by Pat Jarrett When the pandemic shut down the opportunity to experience live music, I was hit hard. I started going to shows when I was fifteen. (Once, my mom …

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Sushmita Mazumdar of Studio PAUSE

Making space for community-focused art practice by Katy Clune with Sushmita Mazumdar When Sushmita opened the door, inviting me into Studio PAUSE for the first time, the overwhelming first impression …

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We Are Part of a CommonWEALTH of Cultures

At the Richmond Folk Festival this October, we invited visitors to tell us what sorts of performances and cultural expressions they would enjoy next year and beyond.  We commissioned Sushmita …

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Folklife Apprenticeship Program Application Now Open

One of the primary ways the Virginia Folklife Program supports cultural traditions of the Commonwealth is through its Apprenticeship Program. The application for the 2023 cohort is now open (due …

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Film Premiere! Roots of American Culture, a Celebration of 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellows

Join us on Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. for the premier of Roots of American Culture: A Cross-Country Visit with Living Treasures of the Folk and Traditional Arts. This …

November 17, 2022 | 8PM | Streaming
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Bomba Dance Workshop

Join Virginia Folklife mentor artist Tata Cepeda and her team from the Escuela de Bomba y Plena Doña Caridad Brenes de Cepeda for this unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals …

October 9, 2022 | 1:30PM – 3PM | Fredericksburg
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Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship Applications Open

The Virginia Commission for the Art’s 2022 Artist Fellowship applications are now open for the disciplines of works on paper and songwriting. A limited number of Artist Fellowships in the …

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“In Good Keeping in 2022” Carysbrook Screening

The Virginia Folklife Program invites you to the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center in Fork Union (Carysbrook) for its third screening of In Good Keeping in 2022. This original, feature-length documentary film …

September 9, 2022 | 5:30PM – 8PM | Fork Union
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New Grant Opportunity for Appalachian Folk & Traditional Arts

What are the Central Appalachia Living Traditions Folk & Traditional Arts Experiences Grants? Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions: Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants fund public-facing projects and events …

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The Legendary Ingramettes Awarded National Heritage Fellowship

Congratulations to Richmond’s Legendary Ingramettes for receiving a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts—the highest honor bestowed on traditional artists by the federal government. Fans of …

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“In Good Keeping in 2022” Virginia Beach Screening

Update: We have a limited number of tickets still available! Event attendance will close when we reach 150 or on Tuesday, July 26, at 4pm. The Virginia Folklife Program invites …

July 26, 2022 | 5:30PM – 8PM | Virginia Beach
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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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