Alabama Humanities awards $44,761 in state grants

Alabama Humanities Foundation has awarded nearly $45,000 in major and mini-grants in its latest round of giving for humanities projects across the state.

The winning projects, recipients and locations of the grantees include:

  • Exploring the Humanities with the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project, Auburn University-Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project, Auburn, Lee County

Lecture on the Bottle Creek Mound Site by Dr. Ian Brown, Historic Blakeley State Park, Spanish Fort, Baldwin CountyThe Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project will offer four courses that explore the diverse histories of Americans and our international roots. Students at correctional facilities in central and west Alabama will be able to enroll in one of two classes: The American Civil War or Living and Communicating in a Diverse Society. Faculty and graduate students from universities in Alabama will teach these courses.

This free public lecture by Dr. Ian Brown, preeminent authority on the Bottle Creek Native American Mound Complex, will bring the significance of this incredible Mississippian-era site in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to the attention of the residents of Baldwin and Mobile counties. Brown has conducted extensive archaeological excavations at the site, a National Historic Landmark with limited public access, and written the definitive study of its archaeological heritage.

  • Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Eastern Shore Art Center, Mobile Chamber Music Society, Mobile, Mobile County

In 1874, the composer Modest Mussorgsky composed “Pictures at an Exhibition” after viewing Viktor Hartmann’s exhibit of watercolors and drawings at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. On Oct. 19, at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, art historian Dr. Robert Bantens will speak about Hartmann’s work, and Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev will perform Mussorgsky’s composition with projected images of the works that inspired the composer.

  • Aspiring Author Project, North Shelby Library, Birmingham, Shelby County

North Shelby Library will offer the Aspiring Author Project to burgeoning authors with a focus on those participating in National Novel Writing Month in November. Through two all-day workshops on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, award-winning author K.B. Hoyle will discuss how to plan, prep and execute a novel using various writing techniques. The library will serve as an official “come-write-in” location with a room dedicated for authors to work and collaborate.

  • Rocket City Civil Rights Interactive Educational Digital Home, Rocket City Civil Rights, Huntsville, Madison County

Rocket City Civil Rights is a history project focused on the unique civil rights experiences in Huntsville which led to a relatively peaceful integration ahead of the rest of the state. This project will enhance the organization’s digital home so that it becomes an educational resource to middle and high school teachers. Additionally, the organization will build a portal for citizens to share their personal histories from that time.

  • We Dare Defend our Rights, Space One Eleven, Birmingham, Jefferson County

Space One Eleven will host a panel discussion and produce a critical essay related to the organization’s art exhibition addressing gun violence. The purpose of the project is to examine and discuss Birmingham’s history as it relates to violence and how we might move forward on a path to reconciliation.

  • Expanding the Hands-on Liberty and Super Citizen Programs, The Liberty Learning Foundation, Huntsville, Madison County

The Liberty Learning Foundation brings strong lessons of civic character and civic responsibility to students throughout Alabama. The organization will utilize funds to maintain programming in Selma City Schools as well as provide seed dollars for pilot programs in Colbert County, Dallas County and Perry County school systems.

  • Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Films, University of Alabama Honors College, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County

Working with The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force and those involved with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail, part of the larger Alabama Civil Rights Trail, the organization identified and interviewed, on camera, 14 foot-soldiers who were a vital part of the Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa. Funding will allow the organization to complete post-production and post the films to the web for the community and scholars of history.

  • Alabama and Friends: Meet Your Authors at the DISCO, University of West Alabama – Livingston Press, Livingston, Sumter County

Livingston Press will sponsor an event to bring authors and readers together at the Alabama and Friends: Meet Your Author event in Birmingham on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO), a non-profit geared toward promoting reading in adolescents. The organization expects 20 authors, mostly from Alabama, to appear on stage and read from or talk about their work for about 15 minutes each. They will meet their readers at a book signing afterward.

  • Maxwell Rafferty Global Leadership Lecture Series, Troy University – College of Education, Troy, Pike County

The Maxwell Rafferty Global Leadership Lecture Series is a series of scholarly community forums held at Troy University to highlight the importance of historical analysis in understanding current events, including the impact of effective leadership as a catalyst in transformation. Roundtable discussions will allow participants to engage in dialogue with scholars to invoke critical analysis.

  • Roots on Record: An Educational LP and Symposium on American Roots Music, University of South Alabama – English Department, Mobile, Mobile County

In an effort to preserve and promote the democratic folkways of American roots music, the organization will produce 500 copies of a 10-track vinyl LP featuring live listening-room performances. The records will be distributed at a public event at the University of South Alabama, which will feature musical performances, a presentation on the role of roots music in democratic exchange and audience participation.

  • The Oral Tradition in Contemporary Southern Society and Literature, Wallace Community College, Dothan, Houston County

Wallace Community College will host noted Southern writer Tom Franklin on the respective WCC campuses in Dothan and Eufaula Oct. 14-15, 2019. Prior to Franklin’s reading, Dr. Kate Simpkins will present the history and continuing influence of the southern oral tradition in contemporary southern society.

  • 16th Annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Urban Impact, Inc.

Urban Impact will host the 16th Annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival to enrich the lives of the citizens in Jefferson and surrounding counties, celebrating the rich culture and heritage of jazz and the Historic 4th Avenue District. The event will highlight the businesses in the district along with local and national jazz artists and will include a workshop to educate underserved students about jazz theory and history.

AHF awards grants four times per year. For more information about grants and how to apply, go to: