Volume 111 | January 16 2021
Joining National Conversations
Join the Conversation about the Governor's Commission on African American History

On Friday, Jan 15th this past week the DMFAH participated in The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Collaborative. This Collaborative invited Virginia Museums such as the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History to work together in providing support for the history and social science edits recommended by the Governor's Commission on African American History. VDOE staff and the Collaborative will provide information as to how museum partners can support these efforts. The Museum has submitted our education unit ‘Think Like a Historian’ compiled over the summer of 2020 by Kate McDannold. Kate based this education unit on the research that was done by UNC fellows Nara Holdaway and Asher Caplan for the Virginia Humanities video that will serve as our introduction video for visitors services in 2021.

Since 1965, NEH has funded the telling of America’s story. In preparation for the celebration of the founding of the United States in 1776, NEH is launching a major new initiative, “A More Perfect Union: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.”

Creative Communities Funding for the DMFAH
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is working with Rick Barker to bring a New York Gallery experience to Danville Residents in the 500 Block on Craghead in the River District. Please make sure you do not miss this experience! Visit while you are meeting someone for coffee, having a meal at Mucho’s or doing grocery shopping at Lynn Street.
This Gallery program has been made possible through private sponsorships, a generous grant from DRF (for exhibitions and staffing through our new internship training program), and also the City of Danville, as well as the Creative Communities Grant Task Force members, who awarded the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History $3,500 under the 2020-2021 Creative Communities Partnership Grant Program for gallery programming. This program is partially funded by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the gallery is used for the open Fine Art Exhibitions at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts Shadow of Place scheduled from November 22, 2020 through March 28, 2021, as well as two shows right after: Veronica Jackson’s: The Burden of Invisibility -That’s Pops’ Money (April – May) and Timothy Duffy’s Blue Muse (June-August). Please see this video which shows the great strides Danville is making, and now the DMFAH is very much a part of this through our gallery programming - bringing the gallery experience to you!
Welcome Daniel Shogan!
Daniel Shogan is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelors degree in History. His main area of interest is the intellectual history of radical politics in the United States from the late nineteenth century until the end of World War Two. The politics of succession and white supremacy which permeate the air of both the past, and at times the present, are the very subject of Daniel’s studies, and he hopes to use his study of these histories to further contextualize the many narratives that Danville has to tell. Daniel hopes to continue his education by pursuing a PhD this fall and use the experiences that he gains from his time at the museum to expand his horizons into public history as well. Daniel will be working in Collections with Annie Chapel and Aidan Thomas, while also being part of the editing team for the Omitted History Video Visitor Service Project.
America's Sunday Supper:
Sunday, Jan. 17 from 3-4:30pm
via Zoom
This year, the DMFAH is teaming up with Averett University and CCECC to present America’s Sunday Supper, held virtually with former Georgia House Representative and Minority Leader Stacey Abrams as our keynote speaker. We are excited to have additional influencers speaking about diversity, equity, inclusion and community building within the Dan River Region. Register for the virtual Zoom event by clicking here.

Civil Rights Trolley Tours – Wednesday, Jan. 20
Join us for Civil Rights Trolley Tours of Danville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited to eight people per one-hour tour due to social distancing. Please complete this form to register. During the tour, learn about Danville’s diverse history, including the June 10, 1963 Bloody Monday demonstrations, segregation and Jim Crow era laws, the Holbrook-Ross neighborhood and the black-owned businesses along North Union Street.

“Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” ~ Florence Nightingale
Swanson Studio OPENS in the New Year with 'Yarn Printing'/'Space Dyeing' Workshop
On Thursday, January 21, 2021 the Swanson Evening Studio will resume from 6:30 – 9pm.

The Director will be exploring a historical yarn printing technique called ‘Space Dying’ which describes a method in which different colors spaced across the length of fabric/paper imparts an affect of random, unorganized designs. Space dyeing or Yarn printing can be done in contrasting shades. Space dyeing is a technique used to create lovely images or works, which puts forward one color to another. Depending on the method used, the fabrics can be softly muted or vibrant. During this printing session, the Director will also present an information sharing session on the DMFAH up and coming community outreach program called WANDERLOVE: A Stitch in Time.

This program will be one of the largest community knits ever experienced in the Dan River region and will consist of many regional knitting groups across Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County. They will all be working on colorful yarn ‘scarf-like’ assembled sweaters, T-shirts and knitted yarn pieces that will be installed as a large Art Yarn Installation on the Danville Riverwalk in July of 2021. Sign-up for knitting groups will commence on Friday, January 22,2021 We ask that Knitting Group Leaders register their groups through a registration form that will be made available on our website. Gather Knitting People - so we can create something vibrant and spectacular to pull us through this gloomy winter!!!
Thank You to the Debbi Kleisch Family for a Donation to the DMFAH of Studio Material
Artist Studio Materials for the Swanson Studio and the DAL
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History would like to thank the Kleisch family for their generous donation of Studio Art supplies to the DMFAH Swanson Studio. This year the Danville Art League Winter Museum Community Exhibition was an online event with no cash prizes. However, before the month of January is out the Danville Art League and the DMFAH will put together heads to award a first, second and third ‘Art Material’ prize to participants of this ONLINE exhibition. We will announce the winners in the last DMFAH Newsletter and on our FB site.
The Kleisch family and the DMFAH feel that these studio materials need to be used by promising local artists of the region to continue their craft and to continue working through this difficult pandemic winter.
“Art is a wound turned into light.” ~ Georges Braque
Explore History and Art From the Home
Explore Virginia American History and Art at Home
Though the Virginia Humanities is currently closed for construction, there are many ways you can still engage with Virginia history from the comfort of your own home. Explore Virginia's extraordinary stories with the Virginia Humanities archive of virtual programs and resources. See below for featured offerings or browse all programs.   

Watch and listen to more than 250 hours of recorded lectures by world renowned authors and speakers in our Banner Lectures Archive: Website Archive | Vimeo | YouTube | SoundCloud

Also check out theThe Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, was established in 1893 and publishes articles and book reviews about Virginia and southern history.

The Passing Storm is one of of many paintings that can currently be viewed ONLINE at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. The twenty-one landscape paintings featured in Landscapes of Virginia reveal the variety of terrain and climate that characterizes Virginia’s five distinct physical regions: the Coastal Plain (Tidewater), the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Valley and the Ridge, and the Appalachian Plateau. So please feel free to enjoy the outside from the comfort of your home on the winter weekend.