Humanities Council Program Committee Election

Your vote gives the public a voice in our grants and program decisions. Voting ends March 7.

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2022-2023 West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Participants

Seven apprenticeship pairs from across the Mountain State will study and practice traditions including soul food cooking, fiddle repair, and mushroom foraging.

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The Broad Side

Morgantown Noir / She Gives Not an Inch of Ground

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People & Mountains

The Fall 2022 issue is online now!

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2021 Activities Report

In the last year, the Humanities Council continued to invest significantly in the cultural life of the Mountain State, even as we observed public health and social distancing advisories.

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Over $550K in emergency relief grants to West Virginia organizations

American Rescue Plan Act Emergency Relief Grants help ensure staff retention and program delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

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To continue our mission of promoting a vigorous program in the humanities statewide, the Humanities Council is developing original programming for delivery online.

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Please support the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, our headquarters. The property serves as an active programming venue, and is itself an important community landmark.


February 1 Grant Deadlines

Major grants, minigrants, and fellowships

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West Virginia Folklife Collection receives award from American Folklore Society

WV Folklife Collection at WVU Libraries receives the society’s Brenda McCallum Prize

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Sport a piece of classic West Virginia folklore

Become a Council GEM by joining our Give Every Month program at a monthly level of $5 or more, and receive this specially-designed Flatwoods Monster pin touting the Council’s West Virginia Folklife Program

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West Virginia National Cemeteries Project

A new initiative honoring the service of men and women interred in Grafton and Pruntytown

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Over $420K awarded to West Virginia cultural institutions

The CARES grants help ensure staff retention and program delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exploring the imaginary landscape of West Virginia through the lens of genre fiction and folklore


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The West Virginia Humanities Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. Formed in 1974 at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities, it is the principal organization promoting the humanities in West Virginia.

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