Be a part of the art

holley As part of its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the publishing of To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM), and to celebrate the book’s lasting significance for the state, country and the world, AHF has asked select local, statewide and national artists to create original works of art inspired by the book and its themes. The donated artwork will be featured in a traveling exhibit, “TKAM 2010: To Kill a Mockingbird—Awakening America’s Conscience.”

Birmingham native and nationally renowned folk artist Lonnie Holley has agreed to be a part of the celebration.


Lonnie has some creative ideas for a collaborative collage inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird. He wants to incorporate your responses to TKAM into his work.


For possible inclusion in Lonnie Holley’s To Kill a Mockingbird inspired work of art, please offer your response by Friday, March 5, in one of three ways:

  1. Comment on this blog post using 140 characters or less.
  2. E-mail us a response using 140 characters or less.
  3. Respond on Twitter using the hash tag #TKAM.

Responses may be creative or personal, poetic or abstract. In addition, you may attempt to answer one of the following questions:

How has Harper Lee’s classic tale affected you? What does the novel mean for our state, country and the nation? Why are To Kill a Mockingbird and its themes important?

The “TKAM 2010: To Kill a Mockingbird—Awakening America’s Conscience” traveling art show will be open to the public at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute from April 9 to May 14, and will travel to Montgomery, where it will be on display at the Stonehenge Gallery May 18–21.

All of the exhibit’s works of art will be auctioned as part of a special reception and celebration hosted by AHF in Montgomery at Wynfield Estates, the home of the late Red and Carolyn Blount, on May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Event tickets may be purchased for $50 and will go on sale in the near future.

Please note: your name will not be associated with your TKAM response, so please do not include it within your 140 character response. The artist will determine which responses will be incorporated.

Pictured above: “Digging,” Acrylic on Paper, by Lonnie Holley, featured by Monty Stabler Galleries.