How you can support the AFA
Alabama is home to many diverse ways of life that symbolize our experiences, geography, resources, beliefs, values, aspirations, and artistic traditions.  
Our folkways shape our identity as Alabamians, and the wealth of knowledge, skills, and talents we have in our state.  You can help preserve Alabama’s precious folklife heritage for future generations by supporting the AFA.  

With your support we can:
  • Identify and save examples of Alabama’s folk traditions by funding research, training, and archival preservation of collections.
  • Ensure our children know their heritage and roots by sharing Alabama folklife in our schools and communities.   
  • Support local artists, small towns, museums, libraries, galleries, cultural centers, and homegrown businesses by enhancing arts-based community revitalization and development.
                       Join the AFA         Membership Form Here

Membership revenue is one of the key ways we can sustain our organization. Please consider renewing your member or becoming a new member of the AFA..  Membership levels include student, individual, patron, sustaining, and corporate.  JO  For levels and options, click on the DONATE button on the Might Cause page.IN here to go to our Mighty Cause (formerly Razoo) platform   For membership levels and options, click on the DONATE button on the Mighty Cause page.

Volunteer for the AFA

AFA Board of Directors:  Over the years, the AFA has been fortunate to have a solid and dedicated group of volunteers serving on the Board of Directors. Master artists, scholars, leaders in tourism, museum and library directors, musicians, and arts education specialists contribute to ensuring that the AFA fulfills the mission of the organization and remains fiscally responsible.

Event and program hosting:  When the AFA comes to your community, we often need ambassadors to take care of friendly details such as putting together a bag of local brochures/ maps, etc., helping with check-in; making name tags, etc.  That allows staff to take care of last minute details, work on presentations, or "troubleshoot" to take care of unexpected changes.

Booth/ Exhibit set up and staffing:   Whenever the AFA is setting up an exhibit at a museum or a booth at a festival, an extra pair of hands is always valuable.  Setting up is often strenuous work and we do pay young people and additional labor to help on occasion  I can also use a break when we have a booth, so that I can visit with other organizations and artists at the event and that is just taking time to spend an hour or two in a chair greeting the public and making sales.

Contact Mary Allison Haynie by email:

Sponsor Fall into Folklife
Symposium and Expo
November 12-14, 2015
Birmingham, Alabama

Founded in 1980, the AFA will turn 35 in 2015.  DONATE NOW to an exciting event bringing together scholars, founders, supporters, and artists for special programs open to the public.   

  • Schedule and details
  • Ticket information
  • Sponsorship levels and benefits.
  • Information on opportunities for local businesses to host authors/scholars or traditional artist(s).
  • Volunteer opportunities
Donate to the
Joyce H. Cauthen Fellowship Fund

In 2010, the AFA Board of Directors established this special fund to honor Executive Director Emeritus, Joyce H. Cauthen by investing in a fellowship program to support scholarly research.  In one year, the AFA awarded five fellowships to fund fieldwork in Alabama leading to new archival collections and future publications or productions.  DONATE NOW and support scholarly research of Alabama's folk culture.