Humanities Foundation mini-grants top $11,000 in latest round of 2018-19 awards

In the latest round of awards by the Alabama Humanities Foundation in its mini-grant category, the organization gave $11,349 for projects, programs and activities throughout the state. Projects range from historic restoration to documentary filmmaking. Winners and the projects include:


Northeast Alabama Community College Learning Resources Center

Andrew Jackson and His Legacy: A Workshop for K-12 Teachers

DeKalb County

The Northeast Alabama Community College Learning Resources Center in Rainsville will produce a humanities workshop titled Andrew Jackson and His Legacy: A Workshop for K-12 History Teachers. Two dynamic presenters will provide local K-12 teachers with materials and pedagogical ideas related to President Andrew Jackson. A traveling exhibit on loan from the Hermitage in Nashville, Tenn., will also be available.


Episcopal Place and Samford University

Intergenerational Voices of Birmingham: Oral History and Podcast Project

Jefferson County

Episcopal Place and Samford University in Birmingham will lead an intergenerational oral history project with millennials (college students) and members of the greatest generation (Episcopal Place residents). The project will create a space for discussion between the two generations and preserve life histories that may otherwise be lost.  Students and residents will explore how world events, cultural influences and social expectations have shaped and continue to shape their lives.


Jefferson State Community College

Red Mountain Reading Series

Jefferson County

The Birmingham-based Red Mountain Reading Series will host vibrant writers and scholars in conversation with students and the public at Jefferson State Community College. Through lectures, workshops, performances, and discussions, participants will explore tools for critical thinking and the making of meaning, using the humanities as common ground. All activities are designed to show the power and importance of the literary arts, as well as their utility in opening minds and sharing imaginative experiences.


Mobile Public Library

Restoring and Preserving Abandoned Cemeteries

Mobile County

The Mobile Public Library will lead a two-part program about cemetery restoration. The program will include a lecture discussing preservation guidelines and ethics, Alabama laws concerning abandoned cemeteries, records research and current community efforts to restore Oaklawn Cemetery. The lecture will be followed by a hands-on workshop at Oaklawn Cemetery, including instruction on resetting headstones, proper headstone cleaning methods, and landscape maintenance.


International Fertilizer Development Center and the University of North Alabama

We’ve Got Soul in Our Soil! How the Muscle Shoals has Fed and Changed the World: The Next Generation

Colbert County

The University of North Alabama (UNA) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in the Quad Cities area will host a public discussion as part of the Fifth Sustainability Conference. Discussions will focus on both global and local issues related to food poverty in communities and world food poverty, which is projected to face 10 billion people by 2050. The conference will take place at UNA on April 17, 2019.


Piedmont Historical Society

The Piedmont Historical Society Museum Development Project

Calhoun County

The Piedmont Historical Society and Piedmont City Schools are partnering on a museum development project that will include recorded oral history interviews and the creation of local history curriculum for local schools. The project also aims to develop movies about Piedmont’s history, refurbish historical markers and monuments and create a monument tour, and restore Cross Plains Cemetery, followed by a cemetery stroll with student actors.


Northeast Alabama Community College English Department

From Fiction to Film

DeKalb County

Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) in Rainsville will host three authors to participate in a panel discussion regarding films based on their fiction at the college’s annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum on March 24, 2019.

Authors Robert Inman, Terry Kay and Daniel Wallace will serve as panelists and Dr. Don Noble, host of the Alabama Public Television series, Bookmark, will moderate. Each author will also have the opportunity to speak prior to the panel discussion, followed by a book signing.


Alabama Moving Image Association

Sidewalk Reader/Screener Series

Jefferson County

The Birmingham-based Sidewalk Reader/Screener Series is a monthly film and book club where participants read an assigned book related to a film, and then convene to watch the film and engage in a guided discussion and critique. The series is intended to cultivate basic, entry-level interest in film critical studies and to encourage participation in the film experience beyond simply viewing a movie. The series creates opportunities for engagement with experts in the field, authors and filmmakers.


Breakaway Films, Inc., New York and the Capri Theatre Montgomery (co-sponsor)        

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

Montgomery County

Breakaway Films will present an inventive documentary capturing the vivid life of artist Bill Traylor, who was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation outside of Benton, Ala. Traylor lived and worked as a farm laborer until his mid-70s when he moved to segregated Montgomery. Living on the street in his mid-80s, Traylor began drawing his eyewitness accounts and memories to produce over 1,000 pieces of art between 1939 and 1942.