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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 …


Meet Virginia Folklife’s 2023 Summer Interns

The Institute for Public History offers meaningful, hands-on, and paid internships for students and recent graduates of the University of Virginia. The Virginia Folklife Program is lucky to host three students this summer: Anderson Moss, Kaity Wasinger, and Kate Wietor.


$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 $35,000 to Five 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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Two New Opportunities For Traditional Arts In Bristol & Beyond

Made up of representatives from regional cultural organizations and independent artists, the Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team works to promote and support folk arts and culture in the greater Bristol community.


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) …


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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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 …


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 …


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.

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.