ALABAMA FOLKLIFE TRAVELING EXHIBIT PROGRAM
AFA has two traveling exhibits available to schools, churches, and arts and humanities organizations and institutions: Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place and We'll All Sing Hallelujah: Sacred Sounds of Alabama. Each exhibit has a web site with calendar, rental information, and further details.
"Alabama in the Making" has five interactive kiosks, each representing a region of the state and each has interpretive panels plus a television/ iPad combination used to present and make accessible research collections including the Smithsonian Project and Alabama Community Scholars Institutes. Segments of documentary films by Alabama Public Television and other producers combined with audio recordings and images allow the people of Alabama to discuss their unique folkways and traditional culture.
"Sacred Sounds of Alabama" has two large sections made of portable walls. The Singing Square has four entrances to the center where there is a station. The Singing Square allows students to experience the shape-note singing traditions of Alabama. A visitor can take the position of leader and use an iPad to select songs from four tunebooks or take the position of a singer. Singers can sit around the leader and follow along by viewing and hearing the selections additional video monitors. The African American section has a gospel quartet retro-radio with a mini-iPad allowing visitors to select a traditional recording and listen as if they were tuned into a black gospel radio show. Many interpretive panels present the heritage of Alabama's rich sacred music traditions. Images below change with "mouse over." Some photos by Kelton Design a local exhibit business and partner to AFA's traveling exhibit program.
Come out to see our exhibition at the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch. Reception is Saturday, May 13, 2017 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and our good friends and partner, Black Belt Treasurers Cultural Arts Center.