Cultural organizations coming together


From discussions at our AHF Humanities Leadership Summit in the fall of 2008, I gained a sense that cultural organizations are a community with collective concerns and impact on Alabama. We realized the collaborative power of technology as a tool and resource for marketing, communication and education. Participants said that coming together on an annual basis was important, at the very least to exchange information and develop partnerships and, at the most, to be a collective voice for the important roles of our institutions–and of the arts and humanities in general in the state.

The time has come to gather together again. Please join us on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art for what we hope will be a very important gathering of Alabama’s cultural and educational entities.

The 2009 Cultural Leadership Summit, “Advancing Our Cultural Imprint: A Conversation on Increasing Awareness and Building Effective Advocates for the Arts and Humanities in Our Great State,” will focus on the important role of the arts, history and culture in generating a desirable quality of life in Alabama. The goal will be to explore how we can come together to support and showcase our crucial significance to economic development, improvement of human resources and overall enrichment of the lives of the citizens of this state.

We realized the collaborative power of technology as a tool and resource for marketing, communication and education.

  • The deadline for registration is June 20, and because space is limited, we urge you to register for this program at your earliest convenience. We also encourage you to stay through lunch for informal networking and discussion, which will surely be as diverse and inspiring as our cultural institutions. A registration fee of $20 will cover the cost of lunch.
  • The program will open at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Dean Anna Gramberg and an address by Charles McCrary, president and CEO of Alabama Power Company. Following his presentation, Alabama State Council on the Arts Executive Director Al Head; Birmingham Art Museum Director Gail Andrews; Alabama Humanities Foundation Executive Director Bob Stewart; Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center Director T. C. Coley; Alabama Department of Archives and History Director Ed Bridges; and B.B. Comer Memorial Library Director Shirley Spears will offer responses.
  • Hosted by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, also at Auburn University, and the Alabama Museums Association, the meeting builds on and extends the leadership summit held in Birmingham last fall.

In difficult economic times, cultural institutions too often find themselves being relegated to a secondary position as the state and individual communities struggle to deal with financial cutbacks. The reality is that in such hard times, the role of educational and cultural entities becomes even more vital as a place for dialogue and learning. We not only provide programs for free or minimal cost, but we also provide learning experiences that empower people to set priorities and make decisions for our future.

We hope you will join us and encourage your colleagues, partners, and board members to do the same. Please feel free to bring information on your organization to share with attendees. Table space will be available to display brochures and other materials.

Please register today!

Written by: Susan P.

Artwork: Irene Rice Pereira (1907-1971). Composition 1945. Ink and gouache on paper. Collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Advancing American Art Collection. 1948.1.28.