CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- More than two dozen nonprofits have received grants to support public humanities programs.
Virginia Humanities announced the 25 grants, totaling $140,900, this week.
According to a release, the Virginia Humanities Grants Program helps communities share and preserve their history and begin conversations around issues relevant to Virginians.
The organization has been awarding grants to museums, historical societies and other cultural groups since 1974.
“Virginia Humanities has always worked to build stronger communities, cultivate a more complete understanding of our collective history and celebrate our rich cultural heritage,” said Matthew Gibson, the executive director of Virginia Humanities. “Helping Virginians better understand each other and our shared histories is central to our mission, and the projects funded in this grant cycle will do just that.”
Of the 25 projects receiving grants, three have local ties.
Victory Hall Opera got $1,350 to arrange a panel discussion with five African-American women scholars and artists to talk about the influence of Sally Hemings' story in their works and in the broader cultural context.
Virginia Organizing in Albemarle County received $10,000 for an exhibit on the history of Yancey Elementary School, which was an important educational and cultural center for African-American students in part of the county from 1960 until the school closed in 2017.
The third project is called Video Action, Inc., which is connected to Whistle Words.
This project got $8,000 to produce a six-minute film on writing as a force for physical and social healing among women diagnosed with cancer.
For more information on other grants for organizations across the Commonwealth, click on the link in the Related Links box.