Dothan, Ala. - On Saturday December 1, 2012 ALABAMA in the MAKING: Traditional Arts of People and Place, an exhibit by the Alabama Folklife Association, will open for viewing at Landmark Park, Dothan, Alabama. The traveling exhibit is an innovative effort to present AFA research collections from the Smithsonian Project and Alabama Community Scholars Institutes 2004, 2006, and 2008. The collections are photographs, audio interviews, and videos. Using iPads, visitors are able to navigate through these collections and listen to Alabamians tell the stories of their experiences in folk and traditional arts including foodways, music, occupational folklore, and material culture.
With its historical buildings, landscape, and cultural resources, Landmark Park will provide an exciting facility to serve as a host institution because of the amenities for presentations, workshops, and performances. The exhibit will be there from December 1, 2012 - January 15, 2013.
Executive Director of the Alabama Folklife Association, Mary Allison Haynie, comments,
"This vibrant and colorful exhibit truly expresses the diverse cultures of Alabama, our unique lifeways, and the rich heritage of people like us."
Come discover the many talents, skills, and knowledge of Alabamians and the contributions they continue to make to American culture. Due to some shared experiences, guests will recall cherished memories and stories related to their own lives. The content will be especially interesting to students, scholars, community educators, and active members of museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations. Families should bring the children to help operate the iPads. There are five kiosks and each one represents a region of Alabama: Gulf Coast, Southern Appalachians, Wiregrass, Black Belt, and Tennessee Valley.
For a full schedule and further information visit the exhibit web site http://www.alabamainthemaking.com.
This exhibit is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.