Alabama Humanities awards $46,000 in state grants

Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded more than $46,000 in major and mini-grants in its latest round of giving for humanities projects across the state.

In the major grant category, winning projects, recipients, location of grantee and amount awarded were:

  • Rosenwald Field Trip Scholarships, Burritt on the Mountain, Madison County, $7,392:

The Rosenwald Scholarship Fund will aid Title One students and at-risk youth in attending

Burritt on the Mountain’s Rosenwald Field Trips. Over 5,000 Rosenwald Schools were built through a partnership between Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington. In these schools, tens of thousands of students received an education, learned trades and skills, and were awarded better opportunities. Burritt’s replica Rosenwald School is used for teaching about a positive era in the African American story.

  • Calhoun County Shakespeare Project, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Calhoun County, $5,000:

The Shakespeare Project will provide an abridged, classic literature performances in a modern setting to the Calhoun community and school students, free of charge, aimed at aiding in comprehension, arts and humanities enjoyment and existing curriculum. Plans also call for providing paid apprenticeship opportunities, shadowing hired professional production team, actors and technical members. Over the course of a month, the assembled team will build and rehearse to present a week of field trips and community performances.

  • Woodstock Vision: 50th Anniversary, Huntsville Museum of Art, Madison County, $4,825:

This historic collection of photographs and narratives will kick off the year-long celebration of Peace,

Love and Rock-n-Roll at the Huntsville Museum of Art, which will include highlights from a year that shaped the nation’s history. This exhibition will feature 75 black/white and color photographs by author and photographer Elliott Landy that capture the true, raw expression of the historic event. Contextual narratives will accompany the photographs that detail first-hand accounts of the experiences.

  • LGBTQ Cultural Geography Mapping Project, Invisible Histories Project Alabama, Jefferson County, $7,491.16:

LGBTQ Cultural Geography is a community-based project that will use grassroots networks, primarily through the Pride Festivals in the cities of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Auburn-Opelika and Florence as a way to collect, map and render visible the complex LGBTQ history of Alabama. The project will use maps of Alabama as a way to track significant events, people and places related to LGBTQ history and make this unseen history visible to Alabama, the South and the US for the first time.

  • Ujima Family Readers Circle, National Hook Up for Black Women, Jefferson County, $7,500:

A literacy initiative that promotes education and literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Birmingham by focusing on the family as an agent for positive community and social change. It is designed to improve the gap between parental involvement and literacy and the arts. The program is fundamentally based on (1) improving family reading habits (2) enhancing the time that families spend sharing books and (3) promoting parents’ confidence as educational mentors and leaders.

  • Contact Light Films, When We Were Apollo, Madison County, $10,000:

Who were the men and women of the Apollo Space Program? Where are they today? What do they think of the extraordinary effort they helped make possible? On the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, When We Were Apollo is an intimate and personal look into the lives and experiences of a representative group of the 400,000 men and women who took America to the moon and back.


In the mini-grant category, winning projects, recipients, location of grantee and amount awarded were:

  • The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South, Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library, Jefferson County, $1,500:

The Birmingham Public Library will host nationally known historian Wayne A. Wiegand, Ph.D. for a public lecture and Q&A about his new book co-authored with his wife Shirley Wiegand, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South. He will discuss the place of libraries in the history of race in America, as well as the 1963 student sit-ins that led to the desegregation of public libraries in Birmingham. Some of the 1963 sit-in participants will attend this lecture and make remarks.

  • Hands on History, Friends of the Alabama Archives, Montgomery County, $1,491.70:

Hands on History is a pilot program that will highlight Alabama’s history and folk life through a combination of lectures, demonstrations from the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s collection, and hands-on workshops with specialists in various crafts.

  • Digitizing Two Journals, University of Alabama Birmingham Department of English, Jefferson County, $1,000:

Two award-winning literary journals, Nelle and Birmingham Poetry Review, will be digitized and made accessible online and free of charge to avid Southern Literature readers in the general public as well as academia.


AHF awards grants three times per year. For more information about grants and how to apply, go to: http://www.alabamahumanities.org/grants/