David Bearinger retired as Senior Director of Grants and Global Virginia Programs at Virginia Humanities in August 2022 and now works as an independent public humanities consultant and writer. For more than 35 years, he coordinated regional and community development efforts at Virginia Humanities and the awarding of more than 4,000 grants in excess of $10 million, reaching every city and county in Virginia. He continues working closely with Virginia’s state and federally-recognized Native tribes and with immigrant and refugee communities from throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. In 2018, he conceived and directed “Immigration Stories,” a series of in-depth video-recorded conversations with immigrants and refugees from 29 different countries, resulting in a major exhibition (“New Virginians”) developed in partnership with the Library of Virginia. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Dream Project and an advisor to the Columbia Pike Documentary Project.
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