Celebrate Virginia Changemakers
Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival
Invite America to “Come Home to Virginia” for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival. All organizations around the state, regardless of focus, are invited to participate.
Align with us by taking advantage of the following resources:
Utilize our digital marketing kit to discover how Virginia has influenced the evolution of democracy, diversity, and opportunity in America over the past 400 years, and learn why that evolution remains relevant to your organization today.
Host an exclusive screening of our documentary for your community. “Evolution of America: 1619 to Today” is a one-hour documentary created for a national audience that explores four historical events of this seemingly obscure but decisive year, and the effect that year had on the growth and development of the U.S., which still resonates today. Supported by approximately 16 minutes of narration, the majority of the show features interviews with Virginia and national leaders discussing how the 1619 events are reflected in contemporary American society. Produced in partnership with Cinebar Productions, Inc., Maryland Public Television serves as the presenting PBS station for national marketing and distribution.
“The Great Charter and the General Assembly: Founding a Legacy in 1619” is an exhibition designed for a general audience and produced in two forms, including a wall panel exhibit to be mounted in the Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center and a set of eight pull-up banners for statewide distribution to partners. The content highlights the historical origins of the Virginia General Assembly in the Great Charter of 1618, which abolished martial law, allowed property to shift to private ownership, and authorized the governor to summon a General Assembly to act on legislation. The exhibition includes the legacy of representative government, which became the model adopted for the establishment of the government of the United States.