AHF tops $200,000 mark in grants awarded in 2017

In the latest round of grant giving in September, AHF awarded 22 grants totaling $72,753.27. For 2017, that brought AHF’s total of major and mini grants to 62 for $208,713 awarded to organizations in 24 counties.

In the September round, grants, a brief description and the counties served were:


Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell – Bluegrass & Gee’s Bend Workshops
Walker County
Classes in this immersive workshop will feature lessons in skills fundamental to Alabama’s unique culture and heritage, including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, and repertoire, with award winning musicians and artists, and quilting with Gee’s Bend quilters, China and Mary Ann Pettway. AHF funds will enable 20 individuals from underserved, underrepresented demographics statewide to attend.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival – 2017-2018 Shakespeare in Schools
Baldwin, Butler, DeKalb, Lee, Madison, Mobile, Pickens, Sumter counties
ASF will tour its production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to schools throughout Alabama. Each performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an interactive, educational workshop. The educational activities are designed to foster students’ critical thinking and analytical skills.

Birmingham Museum of Art – 30 Years of Acting Up
Jefferson County
As part of Birmingham’s city-wide One In Our Blood initiative, BMA will present a panel discussion to address the US blood donation policy as both a civil right and a science issue, and its connection to HIV/AIDS, art, and activism. The panel will feature: ACT UP founding member and current GMHC Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Eric Sawyer; ACT UP founding member and TAG co-founder Peter Staley.

Historic Blakeley State Park – 2018 Eastern Shore: Place and People
Baldwin County
This year-long, multi-faceted, collaborative programming is designed to encourage the greater Eastern Shore Area community to discover and explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the region and better equip local teachers to include local history and heritage instruction in the classroom. It will include lectures, tours, and an educator workshop taking place at the Spanish Fort Public Library and Historic Blakeley State Park.

Jefferson State Community College – Red Mountain Writing Series
Jefferson County
This annual series hosts vibrant writers and scholars in conversation with students and the public at Jefferson State Community College. Through lectures, workshops and discussions, participants will explore tools for critical thinking and the making of meaning, using the humanities as a common ground. All activities are designed to show the power and importance of the literary arts, as well as their utility in opening minds and sharing imaginative experiences.

Northeast Alabama Community College English Department – Magnolias Meet the Mountains: 25 Years of
Southern Literature at NACC
DeKalb County
NACC’s 25th annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum will feature panel discussions with six Alabama authors: Darnell Arnoult, Silas House, Mark Powell, Tom Franklin, Michael Knight and George Singleton, Moderating the two panels is Dr. Don Noble, host of the APT series, Bookmark.

Oakwood University – Revisiting the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955
Madison and Montgomery counties
A four-day workshop will enable teachers to “picture” this American cultural landmark. Teachers will examine cultural texts (film, poetry, autobiography) and historical landmarks associated with the boycott. Participants will develop a resource portfolio of curricular materials on the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 for use in the classroom.

Shelby County Arts Council – 2018 Writing Our Stories
Shelby County
Writing Our Stories is a proven anti-bullying creative writing program taught in the 7th grade English classroom. The program was developed by The Alabama Writer’s forum and is administered to the schools through Shelby County Arts Council at no cost to the student or school. A published poet and teaching writer guides the students through a 10-week session at the end of which they receive bound anthologies of their own poems. Students leave the program as published authors.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra – Alabama Bicentennial Run-Out Programs Featuring ASO and Bobby Horton
Jefferson County
In celebration of Alabama’s State Bicentennial, Bobby Horton and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra are
again collaborating to tell our state’s story to Alabama students through folk music of different eras.
This program will tour the state, visiting undeserved schools and communities. For each performance, the ASO will provide complimentary materials to schools to extend the learning experience.

Spring Hill College –110: Story of the Last Enslaved Africans Brought to America
Mobile County
To honor the 110 enslaved Africans illicitly brought to the US on the schooner Clotilda in 1860, Spring Hill College will produce a documentary film that will attempt to capture the essence of these people by focusing on the lived experiences of one member, Cudjo Lewis. This will allow the audience to connect with the heroic journey of the Africans on the ship, their enslavement in Alabama, and the establishment of Africatown, one of the only known settlements of exclusively native Africans in the United States.

Troy University Montgomery Campus – 2018 Alabama Book Festival
Montgomery County
The Alabama Book Festival celebrates the pleasures of reading and the cultural importance of books with
a free, day-long festival that annually draws 4,000-5,000 attendees from throughout the state to Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. Featuring a mixture of panels by published authors across all genres, writing workshops, and crafts and activities, the event is a family-oriented affair that appeals to readers of all ages and tastes.

Troy University Dothan Campus – 2018 Wiregrass Blues Festival
Houston County
The 2018 Wiregrass Blues Fest will present two public presentations and Blues in Schools workshops by Blues Scholar and Musician Vanessa Collier, and a screening of one mini-documentary on blues artist Mike McCarty. These events will feature talk-backs with the audience to stimulate humanities-based discussions. They will inform participants and promote a deeper understanding of the unique and unsung blues tradition of the Alabama Wiregrass region as well as the entire state.

Unitarian Universalist Church Birmingham – Bending the Arc to Justice: Unheralded Allies of the Civil Rights
Movement in Alabama
Jefferson County, statewide media
Documentary film will examine the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama in the 1960s and the role played by a small group of white citizens who joined African-Americans in the fight for racial justice. The film will feature first-hand accounts of African Americans and whites who remember the culture of segregation in Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, their memories of key events, and their thoughts on the challenges that remain today in the struggle for true racial equality.

Vulcan Park and Museum – Celebrating the Rosedale Community and Its People
Jefferson County
In keeping with Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration theme of “honoring the people,” VPM will expand its oral history and traveling exhibit collection by celebrating the Rosedale Park Historic District. Established in 1886, historic Rosedale, was the first African American community settled in Birmingham’s ‘over-the-mountain’ suburbs. VPM will partner with members of the Rosedale community to recognize, celebrate and document the history of the residents of this historic neighborhood.


Mobile Symphony — 2018 Take Note! Pre-concert Lecture Series
Mobile County
This concert and lecture series will explore the historic contexts around the music and composers featured in concerts after the lectures, which will occur on Saturday evening and on Sunday afternoons. The 40-minute lectures also include information about other art forms created in the same period, such as visual arts, dance and literature, and biographical details about the composers’ lives.

University of North Alabama College of Education – STEAMing into Alabama’s Bicentennial History Institute for Elementary Teachers
Lauderdale County
This teacher institute will offer creative methods for utilizing local community assets to teach Alabama’s Bicentennial history within the STEAM framework (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Math). Elementary teachers, instructional coaches and administrators are invited to attend this full-day,
hands-on workshop exploring history through the lens of STEAM and collecting innovative strategies for
integrating and celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial across the curriculum.

University of North Alabama English Department – UNA 2018 Writers Series
Lauderdale County
The University of North Alabama Writer’s Series, under the auspices of the English Department, will host
a reading and workshop by poet, memoirist and performer Joy Harjo. The reading and performance will include a question and answer session. The performance will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Wallace State Community College – Fifteen Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol
Cullman County
This exhibition, an introduction to the legacy of Andy Warhol, features both audio and visual artistry in its collection of silkscreen prints and original recordings. The audio works range from spoken word to music created by a diverse roster of artists, writers and performers who knew, worked with or were inspired by Warhol.

Auburn University Montgomery – AUM Southern Studies Conference
Montgomery County
AUM’s Southern Studies Conference features peer-reviewed panels on topics spanning the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, American history, American literature and theater, music history, communication studies, mass communication and sociology. Distinguished speakers are:
University of South Alabama Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard and Troy University Associate Professor of History Martin Olliff.

Northeast Alabama Community College Learning Resources Center – Bringing It Home: WWI in NE Alabama
DeKalb County
NACC will offer a Humanities workshop titled, World War I in Northeast Alabama, the fourth installment in a successful series, Bringing It Home: Utilizing Local History in the K-12 Classroom. Four dynamic presenters will provide local K-12 teachers with materials and pedagogical ideas related to World War I for use in their classrooms.

Black Belt Museum, University of West Alabama – Black Belt Interpretive Project
Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Marengo, Mobile, Montgomery, Sumter counties
This project aims to bring history to life using a public historian/educator to portray historical characters and relate their experiences and adventures to students and the public across the state. The project will also present some of the earlier and lesser-known parts of state’s past that many people are not familiar with but helps tell the story of our state throughout time.

Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, University of North Alabama – The Tennessee River & NW Alabama
Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan counties
From examining the lives of Native Americans who lived on the river’s shores during the prehistoric period to the impact TVA had on the modernization of the river valley in the 20th century, The Tennessee River and Northwest Alabama exhibit will encourage viewers to consider how the Tennessee River has impacted life in northwest Alabama. The exhibit explores how the river helped to shape technological innovations, slavery, the Indian Removal Act, the Civil War and economic development.