Alabama Humanities awards more than $53,000 in grants in latest round

Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded nonprofit organizations around the state $53,338.50 in its latest round of grant giving. Much of the programming focused on the growing trend toward digital projects as humanities-based programs face the challenges of delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In these grants are virtual field trips, museum tours, webinars, lectures and other online programming. Projects in the Major and Media grants category, location and brief overview are:

EarlyWorks Online Virtual Field Trips
EarlyWorks Family of Museums           

Huntsville (Madison)

As schools prepare for a new year with blended and virtual learning, the EarlyWorks Family of Museums will support the educational community through high-quality interactive virtual field trips. The organization will make programs available to all schools, including educational partners in North Alabama who would usually visit the museums in person each year.

Bethany Collins “My Destiny is in Your Hands” Exhibition and Programming Support
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association                                              

Montgomery (Montgomery)

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present “My destiny is in your hands”, a solo exhibition of the work of Bethany Collins, a native of Montgomery currently living in Chicago. Collins’ works explore the intersection between race, language, and history. In addition to the exhibition, MMFA will present a brochure, an artist-designed musical performance, an artist talk, and additional programs that explore how the changes in rhetoric have shifted throughout time and have changed history.

Family History: A Webinar for Beginners
Northeast Alabama Community College Learning Resources Center                       

Rainsville (Jackson)

The Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) Learning Resources Center will host three introductory webinars on the topic of family history using newly licensed software. The program’s purpose will be to assist people who have an interest in family history research but are not sure where to begin. Additionally, it will help people in Jackson and DeKalb Counties better understand the history and culture of the region.

Voices of Heritage: The Negro Spiritual
Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.                                                                    

Grand Bay (Mobile)

Through lectures, workshops and musical interpretations, Providence Missionary Baptist Church will present the history of the Negro Spirituals to make those in attendance aware of the circumstances under which Negro Spirituals developed in this country. The overall goal is to raise the level of awareness of an important American genre by presenting its historical, religious, musical, linguistic, and ethical background.

Foot Soldiers: The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Safe House Black History Museum                                        

Greensboro (Hale)

Safe House Black History Museum will recognize those who risked their lives and incomes to fight for justice, civil rights, and voting rights for African Americans in the 1960s. The organization will frame each unique story in its historic context, along with freedom songs, and upload the videos to YouTube and the museum’s website as part of its oral archives. The organization will also present the foot soldiers with medals of honor for their services.

The Humanity of Black Music in Alabama and the Civil Rights Movement
Tennessee Valley Jazz Society                                                                                             

Huntsville (Madison)

The Tennessee Valley Jazz Society will invite scholars, including educators and artists, to teach and demonstrate The Humanity of Black Music in Alabama and the Civil Rights Movement. This project will present both educational and entertaining events including a panel discussion, exhibits of significant historical humanities collections, visiting lecturer and musical demonstrations, workshops, and performances.

Nobody Knows My Name
Urban Impact Birmingham   

Birmingham (Jefferson)

Urban Impact Birmingham will generate rich content about the about people, places, and structures in the history of the civil rights movement and the Historic Fourth Avenue Business Districts. The organization will interpret their role in the Birmingham community, advance civics education about the crucial growth of this community in American history, and ultimately help the protection of endangered African American sites and architecture while inspiring black business development as part of cultural heritage.

16th Street Baptist Church Digital Interpretation and Virtual Tour Program (Phase 1)
16th Street Baptist Church                                                                                                   

Birmingham (Jefferson)

16th Street Baptist Church will implement immersive augmented and virtual reality content of its history in three phases that will enable visitors to take a journey through time on the role of the church in history and the civil rights movement. The church will expand their partnership with TimeLooper, a global storytelling company that specializes in the design, production, and distribution of augmented and virtual reality content for historic sites, museums, and cultural institutions.

Building Alabama Support for Preservation Statewide
Birmingham Black Radio Museum                                                                                     

Birmingham (Jefferson)

The Birmingham Black Radio Museum (BBRM) will work to assess the capacity of identified partners in eight Alabama cities facilitate the collection, identification, preservation and cataloging of important local ephemera and oral histories related to the history of black radio in Alabama. The organization will conclude the project with a public program in Huntsville to bring the community and members of local Black radio and institutions together to archive their recollections of early Black radio’s impact on the community as individuals, entrepreneurs, and movement activists.

Chuck Morgan and the Angelic Troublemakers
University of Alabama Honors College                                                                             

Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa)

The University of Alabama Honors College will create a website where it will produce and post films about Chuck Morgan and others in Alabama who fought for social justice and civil rights. In addition to the films being free and available to the general public and educational institutions, the website will also feature a training program that will empower students to find someone from their own community who fought for justice and make a film about that person that can also be posted on the website.

In the mini-grant category, the project award was:

Virtual Preservation Lecture Series
Restore Mobile, Inc.         

Mobile (Mobile)

Restore Mobile will produce six virtual lectures on diverse cultural, preservation, and architectural history topics pertaining to the City of Mobile and the immediate region. From the first Native American settlers to the European and African-Americans who followed, Restore Mobile will explore their impacts through the geography, heritage sites, and the architectural landscape that makes Mobile what it is today. The organization will air the series via Facebook Live monthly from July through December.

AHF awards all grants on a quarterly basis. Applicants are required to create an account through AHF’s Online Grant Management System and must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online at least four weeks before the submission deadline. Once AHF approves the LOI, applicants will receive access to the full grant application.

Application deadlines are: March 15, June 15, Sept. 15 and Dec. 15.