ABOUT THE ALABAMA FOLKLIFE ASSOCIATION (AFA)
The AFA is funded in part by grants from ASCA that support operations and education.
The generous contributions of our members who pay annual dues provide much needed support to match grants. Other income includes revenue from the online bookstore and grants for special projects and programs from a variety of organizations and institutions. These partners are listed in the column to the right and their support is critical to the success of the AFA. Logos are clickable in order to access web sites.
Our Story: 35 Years of Success
> In collaboration with the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (ACTC), the AFA has published 13 issues of the journal, Tributaries and several books. As a partner, the AFA has facilitated the production 5 CDs as part of the Alabama Traditional Music Series by Steve Grauberger. These are available for purchase from the online bookstore. > The AFA has provided several exhibits over the years. Between 2011 and 2014, the AFA established a traveling exhibits program that has two exhibits, "Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place" and "We'll All Sing Hallelujah: Sacred Sounds of Alabama." For more information go to the Exhibits page. > The AFA collaborated with the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) to create the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture (AAFC), a multimedia center in Montgomery. > In 2010, the Board of Directors passed a resolution establishing the Joyce H. Cauthen Fellowship Fund and raised over $7,000.00 resulting in 5 grants offered for scholarly research projects to document Alabama's folkways and add new collections to the AAFC. > Through the Alabama Community Scholars Institute and special research projects, AFA has ensured that local traditions are identified and recorded to fulfill the mission of preserving Alabama's folk heritage and supporting cultural conservation.
> Annual meetings, festivals, concerts, and other special events have showcased Alabama's traditional artists and musical heritage. Gospel quartets of Jefferson County, shape-note singing traditions, legacies of old-time fiddle, and rockin' musicians who contributed to the sound of Muscle Shoals have been featured.