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Virginia Folklife Program is Seeking Cultural Storytellers

The Virginia Folklife Program wants to hear from you and your communities. Email us your pitch to Sights and Sounds!

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Four Virginia Nonprofits Receive Central Appalachia Living Traditions Grants

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation recently announced sixteen grants totaling over $136,000 to organizations and individual artists/practitioners in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia through their Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) …

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Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowship Applications Open

Fellows may include, but are not limited to home cooks and bakers, seed savers, farmers, community elders, keepers of recipes and traditional foodways knowledge, hunters, and foragers, who have made …

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Virginia Folklife Futures

By Katy Clune For thirty-three years, the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities has worked to document, sustain, present, and support cultural traditions across the Commonwealth. I began work as …

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Intern with the Virginia Folklife Program

The Virginia Folklife Program is seeking one or more interns for Summer 2023 (roughly May through August). Online applications are due Friday, March 31. If you have questions, please contact …

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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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2022 Apprenticeship Films Now on YouTube

In Good Keeping in 2022, the documentary film exploring the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2021-2022 is now live and available on-demand via our Youtube page. The stories follow the …

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Announcing the 2022 Virginia Folklife Stage and Area at the Richmond Folk Festival

This year’s craft demonstration area at the Richmond Folk Festival will feature an Instrument Makers Workshop and more.

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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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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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National Association of Black Storytellers Seeks Appalachian Storytellers

 The program will provide six $4,000 awards (with limited restrictions) to support experienced practitioners and culture bearers with opportunities to examine, research, develop, perform, and/or document the Black Appalachian storytelling tradition.

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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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Art & Alchemy

The latest issue of Southern Cultures, a journal published by UNC Press, features a story by Julia Gartrell and Katy Clune (director of the Virginia Folklife Program) about the current state of …

Apply for an Apprenticeship

Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships will begin on May 1, 2020 and run through May 1, 2021. The application deadline for this cycle is January 31, 2020.

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