AFA brought together two generations of musicians for Passing Down the Shoals including David and Patterson Hood.

ALABAMA FOLKLIFE ASSOCIATION INC

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Common Threads sessions share Alabama's quilting heritage.

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Alabama traditions are shared experiences, memories, and knowledge; like cooking up and enjoying a pot of chicken stew!

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Rocking the Blues event presented the heritage of Muscle Shoals with a lecture by author and historian, Peter Guralnick.

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AFA presented In Harmony in November, 2011 to honor the Gospel Quartets of Jefferson County: The Birmingham Sunlights.

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Documenting Mardi Gras: Alabama Community Scholar Institutes train local leaders to research their own traditions.

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AFA produces CDs featuring traditional music and we support local artists like Bethanne Hill, illustrator for the cover.

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Archive of Alabama Folk Culture = AFA + Alabama Department of Archives and History + Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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AFA produces a journal, Tributaries, in collaboration with the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, ASCA.

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AFA encourages participation of all ages in events. Here a young musician jams with her family; Belk, Alabama

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AFA established the Joyce H. Cauthen Fellowship Fund and raised approximately $12,000.00 to provide grants for research.

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Gourd Martin House logo: Drive along the backroads of Alabama and look for this symbol of a local folk tradition.

ONE STATE, MANY TRADITIONS, OUR HERITAGE The Alabama Folklife Association is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit that began in 1980.

What makes Alabama unique? Is it the people, the food, the buildings, the crops, the languages, the music, the clothes, the baskets, the quilts, or the ghost stories? One thing is for sure, Alabama is home to many diverse cultures and ways of life that symbolize our experiences, geography, resources, beliefs, values, aspirations, and artistic traditions.

For over 30 years, the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) has served the state of Alabama with exhibits, education programs, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, publications, and concerts that preserve and present our heritage arts.

With your support we can:

  • Identify and save examples of Alabama’s folk traditions before they are lost by funding research, training, and archival preservation of collections.
  • Ensure that our children know their heritage and roots by sharing Alabama folklife in our schools and communities.
  • Support local artists small towns, museums, libraries, galleries, and homegrown businesses by enhancing arts-based community revitalization and development.

The AFA creates jobs for artists, illustrators, design specialists, and folklorists who conduct research in the state of Alabama. In 2010, the AFA established the Joyce H. Cauthen Fellowship Fund and today 5 Fellows have documented folklife in Alabama including three graduate students, who recently completed their degrees and are currently pursuing careers in folklore.

Through a 2.5 year grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources that receives monies from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the AFA secured long-term funding for the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture (AAFC). Now folklife collections on Alabama can stay in Alabama at the AAFC located in our state's permanent repository, the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

The AFA contributes to cultural conservation and heritage tourism by recognizing and promoting Alabama's unique lifeways as valuable resources to be preserved and developed.

For many years the AFA directed the Sampler Stage at City Stages providing a venue for local, traditional musicians and singers representinig diverse genres to perform. Through annual events, CDs and special programs, the AFA continues to showcase Alabama's traditional music.

The AFA is a partner program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and works in collaboration with the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (ACTC) to produce many products for sale at the online bookstore and sold to buyers from all over the world.

Today, the Alabama Folklife Association has a full-time Executive Director, Mary Allison Haynie. We also have new members who serve on the AFA Board of Directors.


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ALABAMA FOLKLIFE ASSOCIATION INC
5709 BELLE RIDGE TRL
IRONDALE, AL 35210

Phone
205-956-9888

Web
http://www.alabamafolklife.org

Email
alabamafolklife@att.net

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ONE STATE, MANY TRADITIONS, OUR HERITAGE The Alabama Folklife Association is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit that began in 1980.

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