Announcing the 2024 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Awards

The Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities has awarded six teams of artists Folklife Apprenticeships for 2024–2025.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Names 2024 “Year of Country Music” in Virginia

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 …


VPM History Streams Virginia Folklife Films

Starting on October 16, 2023, the new VPM History channel on YouTube began hosting Virginia Folklife Program content. Eight short documentaries produced by Virginia Folklife that profile Apprenticeship Teams will …


$52,000 in Awards Distributed to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Bristol Region

The Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team is thrilled to announce the recipients of its grant and fellowship program to support folk arts and culture in the region.

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Virginia Folklife Awards $30,000 to Six Apprenticeship Teams

The five apprenticeship teams represent artforms with centuries-old roots in Virginia—African American storytelling and music, as well as old time fiddling—as well as the dance and music of Bolivia and Puerto Rico.

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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.