AHF awards $37,000 in grants

In the latest round of grant giving, Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded $26,640 in major grants and $10,336 in mini grants.


Alabama Folklife Association – “2015 Alabama Folklife Symposium”
Award: $5,000.00
Project period: 4/3/2015 – 4/20/2015
Project location: Birmingham
Symposium celebrating 35 years of research, documentation, preservation, publication, and presentation of Alabama’s folk and traditional arts and the history and significance of Alabama’s folk culture. November 13, 2015, Birmingham.

Shelby County Arts Council – “Eat, Drink, Read Writers Symposium”
Award: $4,400.00
Project period: 5/08/2015 – 9/24/2015
Project location: Columbiana
Reading and discussion series (seven separate events) addressing themes of literature and history by involving authors of historical novels, middle school and high school fiction, and children’s books.

Space One Eleven – “The Infanttree Project”
Award: $5,000.00
Project period: 6/29/2015 – 12/31/2015
Project location: Birmingham
Exhibition and scholar discussions looking at modern and contemporary artists’ responses to war; the disconnect that many Americans have from war; the difficulties of reintegrating into society for returning soldiers; and the beneficial, cathartic aspects of art as a safe way for soldiers to deal with grief, loss, and post- traumatic stress.

Troy University – “2015 Wiregrass Blues Fest”
Award: $4,340.00
Project period: 4/30/2015 – 5/02/2015
Project location: Dothan
Educational tribute to the blues music of the Wiregrass. Late guitarist JW Warren and keyboardist and record producer Paul Hornsby will be honored. Two scholar-led public discussions and scholar-led talk at Abbeville High School on Langston Hughes and the blues tradition.

University of South Alabama Common Read/Common World Program – “Common Read: Cradle of Freedom”
Award: $2,500.00
Project period: 8/15/2015 – 8/14/2016
Project location: Mobile
University- and community-wide program. Participants share thoughts and experiences surrounding reading of a common text (Frye Gaillard’s Cradle of Freedom) in a series of speaker engagements, panel discussions, and film viewings. Shared thoughts and experiences advance general understanding of differences and commonalities, inculcate critical thinking and the value of discussion, and help young people appreciate how they can make a difference in society.

Birmingham International Education Film Festival – “Direct Action”
Award: $3,000.00
Project period: 7/20/2015 – 2/19/2016
Project location: Birmingham
Film explores a pivotal story behind the scenes during the civil rights turmoil in Birmingham, 1961-63. Out of the public eye businessman and segregationist Sid Smyer was the unlikely leader of the reformist white business movement in support of integration efforts through changes in city government that led to removal of Eugene “Bull” Connor from office and changed the future of the city.

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute – “Civil Conversations: Foot Soldiers of Selma”
Award: $2,400.00
Project period: 5/03/2015 – 2/01/2016
Project location: Selma
A set of multimedia stories that explores how ordinary citizens shaped the extraordinary events of the Civil Rights Movement during the late 1950s and into the 1960s, centering on the memories and experiences of child foot soldiers who marched in Selma on Bloody Sunday.


Alabama School of Fine Arts – “2015 Young Literary Awards”
Award: $1,000.00
Project period: 4/03/2015 – 5/29/2015
Project location: Birmingham/statewide
Statewide student literary awards competition provides awards for poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction to students in three divisions: grades 5- 7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12. ASFA creative writing students from grades 10-12, gain experience in reading and analyzing submissions and screen entries down to groups of finalists.

Alabama Writers Forum – “Alabama Book Festival – Featured Authors Support”
Award: $1,500.00
Project period: 4/03/2015 – 4/20/2015
Project location: Montgomery
10th annual festival of contemporary literature including works of fiction, poetry, memoir and history. In panel discussions, workshops, and teacher workshops, audiences interact with c 40 authors to discuss themes of contemporary culture, morality, history, and story-telling. April 11 , 2015

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – “Frank X. Walker Talk and Workshop” Award: $1,000.00
Project period: 4/03/2015 – 5/30/2015
Project location: Birmingham
Public reading and discussion by poet, scholar and educator Frank X. Walker focusing on his sixth collection of poetry, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. April 20, 2015 at BCRI. April 21 workshop at Jefferson State Community College.

Heritage Christian University –“Charles R. Coil Colloquium”
Award: $1,000.00
Project period: 4/24/2015 – 6/24/2015
Project location: Florence
Annual one-day event designed to enrich the intellectual climate of Heritage Christian University (HCU) and greater community. Dr. John Fea, Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA) will present two different lectures reflecting on the religious and non-religious roots of our nation.

Historic Mobile Preservation Society – “Life and Work of Emma Langdon Roche”
Award: $1,496.00
Project period: 6/01/2015 – 11/30/2015
Project location: Mobile
Six-month exhibit exploring the life and work of Emma Langdon Roche, local artist and author from the early 20th century. Featuring Roche’s 1914 book, “Historic Sketches of the South” along with an unpublished manuscript by Roche found in the HMPS archives about Mon Louis Island and Creole culture in Mobile County. The manuscript sheds new light on this under researched Creole community and is considered an important contribution to her fictional work.

Oka Kapassa Festival – “2015 Oka Kapassa Festival. Cherokee Living History: East Meets West”
Award: $1,400.00
Project period: 6/11/2015 – 9/12/2015
Project location: Tuscumbia
Annual festival will focus on the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and division of Cherokee people into East and West. Living history enactors will convey to the audience how the Removal Act of 1830 and the regions in which each group settled has affected the lives and culture of their people in many facets of life, such as, dwellings, clothing, farming and hunting practices, foods, art and customs.

University of South Alabama Center for the Study of War & Memory – “War and Remembrance on the Gulf Coast. Exhibition Tour”
Award: $1,500.00
Project period: 8/01/2015 – 11/01/2015
Project location: Mobile, Bay Minette, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley
Traveling exhibition that will define the concept of collective or cultural memory and examine specific war-related books, films, and public memorials that are identified with the Alabama Gulf Coast region. Will examine how the citizens of our region have come together to remember war and emphasize the ways in which individuals from lower Alabama have influenced collective memory on a national level. Many of the photographs come from the USA McCall Library.

University of West Alabama Division of Educational Outreach – “Black Belt Living History Project”
Award: $1,440.00
Project period: 5/3/2015 – 12/31/2015
Project location: Livingston, Wetumpka, Millbrook, Moundville
Program brings history alive by using a living historian to portray historical characters and relate their life experiences to students and visitors. Scholar-enactors go into a state historic site or park and engage students and the general public in the unique history of the Black Belt and Alabama. Last year program educated over 14,000 students from across Alabama.