Real Folk: Passing on Trades and Traditions of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program – Exhibition

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum reopened to the public June 11. Since 2002, the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program at Virginia Humanities has brought together more than 130 experienced master …

March 6 – August 2, 2020 | The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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Master Artist Spotlight: Mark Cline

Mark Cline is a master artist in the 2019-2020 class of apprenticeship teams in the art of roadside attractions and fiberglass sculpture. In this feature Richmond-writer Don Harrison takes an …

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Mark Cline and Brently Hilliard

Known as the “P.T. Barnum of the Blue Ridge,” Mark Cline is keeping alive the vanishing tradition of the roadside attraction—those haunted houses, singing caverns, historical parks, and outsized food …

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Ronald Dixon and William Hinkle

Stained glass master artist Ronald Dixon grew up viewing stained glass art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in his native Northern Ireland, spending hours in local cathedrals while his …

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Remembering Mama-Girl

With profound sadness, we mark the passing of one of Virginia’s most beloved folk artists, Eastern Shore painter, sculptor, and pastor Mary “Mama-Girl” Onley, at age 64.

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Feed Your Soul: Another Epic Richmond Folk Festival

Photo highlights from the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival, we kept our promise to “Feed Your Soul!”


New Stage at HoustonFest

We’re hosting a workshop stage at HoustonFest this year.

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Photos from the Apprenticeship Showcase 2016

Photographic highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland.


Folklife Apprenticeship Exhibition on display at Showcase

Documenting the shared work of the master and apprentice is an integral part of the Apprenticeship Program. For the past five years, Pat Jarrett, the digital media specialist for the …

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Mary “Mama-Girl” Onley and David Rogers

Pastor Mary Onley, known as Mama-Girl, is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Painter, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where she still lives. Her lyrical sculptures are similar …

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Richard Pippin and Melissa Jones and Zoe Bearinger

By one estimate, humans took more than 900 billion photographs in 2015 and shared more than 200,000 images per minute on Facebook. This flood of digital images is unprecedented, but …


Virginia Folklife Program partners with Google Cultural Institute to bring one-of-a-kind eastern Virginia gospel recordings online

More than 180 digital assets from the ​Virginia Folklife Program can be viewed online thanks to a new partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. By partnering with cultural institutions worldwide, …

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