Virginia Humanities announces grant funding for various projects
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Four area projects are among more than a dozen to receive grants from Virginia Humanities.
According to a release, the grants totaling $153,200 are going to 18 nonprofit organizations across Virginia and in California and New York.
“This round of grants reaches from Arlington and Fairfax in Northern Virginia to Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and to Konnarock in Southwest Virginia,” said Matthew Gibson, the executive director of Virginia Humanities. “They support projects by museums, libraries, historical societies, and historic sites that are the cultural centers of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the state.”
Two of the projects are based in Charlottesville.
The first is Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Prison Creative Arts Project, which is a two-part initiative that aims to college original written stories from incarcerated students and then create a theatrical production drawn from those personal testimonies.
It aims to build on PVCC’s Higher Education in Prison Program, which was established in 2006.
The second is for the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum through the University of Virginia Rector and Board of Visitors.
The museum will be producing three short videos on the Monacan Nation and its people as the custodians of lands and waters around the Charlottesville area.
The Louisa County Historical Society is also getting a grant for a series of oral history interviews and public outreach activities as part of its ongoing efforts to build stronger relationships with the African-American communities in the county.
And Legacy’s Footprint in Gordonsville is getter some funding for its One Shared Story project.
This will cover research, documentation and training of volunteers while also providing backgrounds information to support the nomination of two county churches to the National Register of Historic Places.
The two churches are Bright Hope Baptist and Foster Creek Baptist.
For more information on Virginia Humanities’ grant programs, click here.
The full list of grant recipients from this round of funding is below:
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Richmond Chapter: $5,000 (Project: Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Greater Richmond Chapter Website)
Richmond, VA--Redesign of the organization’s website to increase accessibility and support research by members as well as non-members as well as the sharing of information for mutual support.
- Arlington County Historical Society: $5,000 (Project: Memorializing the Enslaved in Arlington)
Arlington, VA--The first phase of a longer-term effort to identify the men, women, and children who were enslaved in Arlington County; to uncover what can be learned about their lives; and to memorialize their lives through markers installed in locations County-wide.
- Blue Ridge Discovery Center: $1,750 (Project: Exhibit of Historic Timeline at Blue Ridge Discovery Center)
Konnarock, VA—Research, printing, and installation of an historical timeline documenting the history of the Konnarock Training School in relation to the social, economic, and cultural history of the Mount Rogers area in Southwestern Virginia.
- Catticus Corporation: $10,000 (Project: Barbara Johns Website Project)
Berkeley, CA—A series of consultations with Virginia teachers, part of a larger effort to create an interactive website bringing the stories of Barbara Rose Johns, the student strike at Moton High School, and school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia to life for students as well as other users state-and-nationwide.
- George Mason University, Center for Humanities Research: $10,000 (Project: Alienation and Belonging: Shifting Cultural Landscapes in Northern Virginia)
Fairfax, VA—Planning for a longer-term project, including an initial group of oral history interviews, exploring the story of Northern Virginia by centering the voices and perspectives of immigrants and refugees, as well as indigenous persons from other parts of the world now living in the region.
- James Madison University: $5,400 (Project: A Miserable Revenge: Recovering 19th-Century Black Literature from the Shenandoah Valley, Phase 1)
Harrisonburg, VA—Transcription of a handwritten and previously unpublished novel written ca. 1880 by George Newman, an African American educator from the Winchester area who later lived and worked in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County. The novel is one of the earliest-known works of fiction by an African American writer.
- Josephine School Community Museum: $2,500 (Project: Juneteenth Festival)
Berryville, VA—The first annual Juneteenth Festival in Clarke County, designed to attract both visitors and members of the local community with a day of lectures, performances, exhibits, and other presentations.
- Library of Virginia: $11,000 (Project: “Indigenous Perspectives: Exhibition Planning)
Richmond, VA—A series of consultations with leaders from Virginia’s eleven state-recognized Native tribes, in preparation for a major exhibition featuring Native perspectives on historical documents in the Library’s collections, looking at both familiar and lesser-known pieces of the Virginia story.
- Louisa County Historical Society: $7,000 (Project: Representing our Residents: African American History at the Louisa County Historical Society)
Louisa, VA—A series of oral history interviews and public outreach activities, part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to build new and stronger relationships with Louisa’s African American communities and to make the interpretation of African American life, history, and culture a central part the organization’s work.
- National D-Day Memorial: $8,000 (Project: Someone Talked! A Podcast of the National D-Day Memorial)
Bedford, VA—A series of podcasts on the history of World War II, featuring conversations between the prolific WWII historian John McManus and other scholars and writers whose work is contributing to a more complete understanding of the War, its causes and impact; designed to reach and engage new audiences now that the generation that lived through WWII has passed.
- One Shared Story: $3,000 (Project: Legacy’s Footprints)
Gordonsville, VA—Research, documentation, and the training of local volunteers, providing the essential background information to support the nomination of two Louisa County churches—Bright Hope Baptist and Foster Creek Baptist—to the National Register of Historic Places.
- Piedmont Virginia Community College: $10,000 (Project: PVCC Prison Creative Arts Project)
Charlottesville, VA—A two-part initiative designed, first, to collect original writing in the form of personal storytelling from incarcerated PVCC students; and then to create a theatrical production drawing from these personal testimonies. The project builds on PVCC’s Higher Education in Prison Program, established in 2006 and is designed to reach PVCC’s 7,500-member community of students, faculty, and staff—as well as audiences beyond.
- Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival: $20,000
King William, VA/Richmond, VA--The Sixth annual Pocahontas Reframed Native American Film Festival held each year in Richmond and currently the largest, most successful Native film festival on the East Coast.
- Restless Books: $6,500
Brooklyn, NY—A series of writing workshops designed to draw forth the personal stories of undocumented immigrants—mostly from Latin America—and then to facilitate the sharing of these stories with the wider community; a collaboration between a non-profit book publisher specializing in immigrant literature and The Dream Project, an Arlington-based organization that provides scholarship and mentorship support to undocumented students seeking to continue their education beyond high school.
- Rotary Club of Cape Charles: $9,800
Cape Charles, VA—Research and development of a Walking Tour (print and digital versions) of African American historic sites in the town of Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, building in part on the work of historian Frances Bibbins Latimer.
- Stratford Hall: $10,000
Stratford, VA--Two new exhibits and a series of related programs on the lives of enslaved individuals at Stratford Hall, part of a long-term effort to broaden and deepen interpretation at Robert E. Lee’s birthplace in Westmoreland County.
- Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia (Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum): $8,250
Charlottesville, VA—Production of three short videos introducing the Monacan Nation and its people as custodians of the lands and waters in and around Charlottesville, designed for use as Land Acknowledgements by a broad array of non-profit organizations and by the Monacan Nation as an introduction to their history and culture.
- Virginia Tech Foundation (WFTV—Radio IQ): Tribal Truths Podcast - $20,000
Blacksburg, VA—The grant will support production of four new episodes to be released next year. As with the pilot episode (supported by a previous Virginia Humanities grant) the new episodes will focus on the histories and cultures of state and federally recognized Tribes in Virginia. Each episode is developed in cooperation with tribal leaders and features an Indigenous host/narrator and tribal members.