BBTCAC to Host Presentations on Architecture of Alabama’s Black Belt Oct. 17

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center’s “Pride of Place III” will continue on Saturday, October 17, 2020 ART & DESIGN’S INFLUENCE ON BLACK BELT ARCHITECTURE at Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of Newbern, located at 296 Beech Street, Newbern, AL 36765. The program will begin with light refreshments at 9:30 am, followed by presentations from 10:00 am to Noon. Lunch will be available for a modest cost at Newbern Mercantile.

Moderator, Dr. Nancy Anderson, of Auburn University at Montgomery, will give an overview of the Pride of Place program series. Presentations will be made by Emily McGholm, Assistant Professor at Auburn University Rural Studio, and Chelsea Elcott – Instructor at Auburn University Rural Studio. AUM’s Dr. Nancy Anderson will serve as Moderator.

Newbern, first settled in 1816 in Hale County, is the home of lovely historic buildings and has the unique distinction of being the location of the Auburn University Rural Studio, an off-campus academic architectural program that focuses on affordable, artistically designed housing and facilities in the Black Belt region of Alabama. The program will share how art and design manifest in both historic and contemporary structures and the impact of art and design on the community and the lives of the individuals in that community.

On Saturday, November 14th, Pride of Place III will continue at the Gee’s Bend Ferry Terminal and Welcome Center, located at 12021 Co Rd 29, Boykin AL 36723. This program will discuss which has the greater influence, architecture on quilt design? Or quilt design on architecture? Presenters include: Mary Virginia Pettway – Artist, Quilter with “Gee’s Bend Raised” & “Anvil Forge”; Ian Crawford – Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design Instructor at University of Alabama; and Aaron Head – Fiber Artist and Educator.

Gee’s Bend, like Newbern, was first settled in 1816. Today it is home to the renowned artists, the Gee’s Bend Quilters. This event will begin with a brunch and dramatic reading of “EVERYDAY USE,” a short story by Alice Walker. The story illustrates the emotional ties of humanity and art – and the conflicts that can arise about individuals and art. Following the reading will be short lectures, followed by question and answer sessions on how design and construction have an effect on other forms of arts, such as architecture influencing the design of quilts and quilt designs impacting architectural design.

Both programs are hosted by Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in partnership with the Newbern Library Board and the First Baptist Church of Newbern. The Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-sponsors this project. “Pride of Place III” will look at today’s cultural heritage through a series of exciting and informational programs and lectures, all tied to the rich Black Belt soil.

There is no charge for this program. Registration is required and limited to forty (40) attendees due to physical distancing requirements. For Register, or for more information about these programs, or other events, classes, and workshops provided by Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, please contact us at (334) 682-9878, or on Facebook.