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      AWF Newsletter June-July 2008


      Emerging Arts Leaders of Alabama to hold creative conversation

      David Dombrosky

      David Dombrosky

      Emerging arts leaders are invited to attend the Emerging Arts Leaders of Alabama's (EALA) creative conversation to help shape Alabama 's own network of emerging arts leaders. The conversation will take place on Thursday, June 26, from noon-4 p.m. at the UAB Alys Stephens Center 's Abroms Patrons Lounge in Birmingham . Lunch will be provided.

      Guest speaker David Dombrosky will lead a group discussion designed to shape the functions and direction of a statewide emerging arts leaders' network. Dombrosky is Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University and Immediate Past-President of Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader National Council.

      EALA exists to serve arts professionals new to the field who are thirty-five years of age or younger, or who have less than five years of experience. However, arts leaders from every age range may participate.

      Neither a presentation, panel, nor workshop, the conversation will be generated by those who attend and the ideas they bring. Participants should come prepared to share their thoughts and ideas about how EALA can best support Alabama 's emerging arts leaders.

      To RSVP, please email emergingartsleaders@... and request an invitation.


      State's first Roundtable Technology Exchange to convene

      The state's first Roundtable Technology Exchange will take place on July 31, 1-5 p.m., at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. The roundtable will convene Alabama 's literary, cultural, historical, art, and educational organizations to discuss their individual and shared tech opportunities and challenges.

      The exchange will feature a free seminar on e-marketing and communications by Patron Technology, Inc., provider of professional e-marketing for arts, nonprofits, and creative businesses. Patron Mail suits nonprofit and educational organizations of all sizes and at all levels of technology.

      Break-out discussion sessions on technology and education, development, and communications/promotion will follow the seminar.

      The Roundtable Technology Exchange, a pre-conference event for Face the Future: Humanities and Technology in the 21st Century, is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Alabama Writers' Forum, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum.



      Alabama Festival in Italy features art, music, and literature

      The Alabama Year of the Arts banner mounted on the historic San Agostino Duomo in Pietrasanta, Italy.

      The Alabama Year of the Arts banner mounted on the historic San Agostino Duomo in Pietrasanta , Italy .

      The inaugural Alabama-Italy Arts Exchange took place May 31-June 13 in Pietrasanta , Tuscany , Italy .  A delegation of Alabama arts leaders, artists, musicians, and elected officials traveled to the tiny city known as "Little Athens" to begin a dialogue about Alabama's arts and culture and to pave the way for a reciprocal trip next spring.  At the request of officials of the City of Pietrasanta , the Festival emphasized the state's civil rights history.

      Georgine Clarke and others from the Alabama State Council on the Arts designed The Alabama Festival: Freedom Dream featuring the story quilts of Yvonne Wells and examples of civil rights photography.   Well's quilts, depicting historical facts of Alabama history such as the passage of slave ships, slave auctions, and Biblical parables, were hung among the twelfth and thirteenth century frescoes and the seventeenth and eighteenth century paintings of the San Agostino Duomo.  In the adjacent cloisters, an exhibit of the late Spider Martin's black and white photographs of the 1965 Selma Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing were on display with specially printed posters by Amos Kennedy.  Two of Nall's crosses from the 2006 exhibit Violata Pax were displayed, echoing the spiritualism of the exhibition.  In another exhibition area below the cloisters, artists Charlie Lucas and Bruce Larson exhibited sculpture created from found objects that they had assembled in the previous two weeks on site, prior to the festival.

      Across the green space of the Cloisters, exhibits told about the geography and resources of Alabama . In another adjacent room four symposia took place during the festival.  The first presented aspects of Alabama arts and featured Paige Wainwright of Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham , Mark Johnson of the Montgomery Museum of Art and Glenn Dasher of University of Alabama Huntsville Department of Art.  Another focused on Alabama 's civil rights history and a third on Alabama literature. In the week following, a final symposium dealing with civil rights issues of immigration in Europe and Italy in particular rounded out the festival. 

      During the literary symposium, Alabama Writers' Forum executive director Jeanie Thompson discussed Harper Lee's iconic Alabama novel To Kill A Mockingbird and briefly introduced the Italian audience to the work of three contemporary Alabama writers who have written about issues of race, violence, and reconciliation: Sena Jeter Naslund (Four Spirits), Jake Adam York (A Murmuration of Starlings), and Ravi Howard (Like Trees, Walking). All of the symposia were translated into Italian, and Thompson provided copies of Il Buio Oltre La Siepe, the Italian translation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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      Music was the star in Pietrasanta, Italy, during Alabama Freedom Dream, May 31-June 13

      The Birmingham Sunlights in Pietrasanta, Italy, June 1. (Photo by Steve Grauberger)

      The Birmingham Sunlights in Pietrasanta , Italy , June 1. (Photo by Steve Grauberger)

      Frequent free musical events were perhaps the biggest hit of the Alabama Freedom Dream.  Enthusiastic locals and tourists in Pietrasanta enjoyed gospel group The Birmingham Sunlights, bluesman Kent Duchane, and bluegrass musician Bobby Horton.

      In addition to the artists and musicians, the Alabama delegation included Alabama State Council on the Arts chair Ralph Frohsin and his wife Allyn; Council member Lee Sentell (also serving as Governor Bob Riley's representative in his capacity as director of the Bureau of Tourism and Travel); executive director Al Head; staff members Georgine Clarke, Randy Shoults, and Steve Grauberger; Montgomery City Councilman Jim Spears and his wife Sarah Spears, Montgomery County Tax Assessor; and Mayor Sam Wright of Sylacauga and his wife Connie, who participated to learn more about Italian marble and the possibility of bringing Italian sculptors to Alabama.  Sylacauga's white marble is similar to the white marble in the Apaune Alps just above Pietrasanta where Michelangelo chose stone for some of his most famous works. 

      Next April and May an Italian delegation will visit Alabama and bring musicians, sculptors, and other artists. The Alabama Writers' Forum is working with several literary representatives.  Look for an expanded story about Alabama Freedom Dream with additional photos in the Fall 2008 First Draft.

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      Harper Lee Award anthology now available

      Gather Up Our Voices: Selected Writings from Recipients of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer 1998-2007 is now available for purchase.  The anthology features poems, stories, and nonfiction from the first ten winners of Alabama 's most prestigious literary award.   The 130-page, large format paperback with dust jacket also features twenty-five hand-colored black and white photographs by award-winning Alabama photographer Wayne Sides of Florence .

      Anthology editor and Alabama Writers' Forum executive director Jeanie Thompson said, "As we put together selections from our inaugural ten years of the award, we thought it would be appropriate to thread through an eleventh story in photographic images.  Wayne Side's haunting photographs from Litany for a Vanishing Landscape make an appropriate echo to much of the historical context for this work." 

      Harper Lee Award winners in the book include Albert Murray, Madison Jones, Helen Norris, Sena Jeter Naslund, Mary Ward Brown, Rodney Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Andrew Hudgins, Wayne Greenhaw, and William Cobb

      Gather Up Our Voices is available for $30, which includes shipping and handling, or as a premium with a $100 membership in the Alabama Writers' Forum. To order, contact Nancy Hutcheson at the Forum at writersforum@... or toll free at 866-901-1117.  Membership forms can be downloaded from the AWF Web site and included with check payment when ordering the book. 

      The book is also available at Alabama Booksmith in Homewood and Capitol Book and News in Montgomery . These independent booksellers will be glad to ship the book as well.

      All proceeds from the sale of Gather Up Our Voices go to support the programs and services of the Alabama Writers' Forum.

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      Alabama Writers' Conclave annual meeting scheduled for July

      R.A. Nelson

      R.A. Nelson

      The Alabama Writers' Conclave annual meeting is scheduled for July 18-20 at the Four Points Sheraton Capstone on the University of Alabama campus.

      Session leaders include poet Bonnie Roberts, fiction writer Jimmy Carl Harris, fiction editor Michael Garrett, journalist Cheryl Wray, and writer-in-residence R.A. Nelson. The Friday night panel includes editors speaking on "How NOT To Get Published: Common Mistakes Writers Make." Contest awards will be announced Sunday.

      The Conclave is the oldest continuing writers' organization in the United States . Writers, aspiring writers, and supporters of the writing arts may join. Sharing information, developing ideas, honing skills, and receiving practical advice are hallmarks of the annual meeting.



      Anton Haardt receives Nautilus Silver Award

      Anton Haardt

      Anton Haardt

      Montgomery native and New Orleans gallery owner Anton Haardt has received the Nautilus Silver Award for her new book Mose T From A to Z: The Folk Art of Mose TolliverThe Nautilus Book Awards is a national competition in twenty-four categories that celebrates literary contributions to positive social change, spiritual growth, conscious living, wellness, and responsible leadership. Haardt's book placed in the Art Genre category.

      The contest recognizes the contribution of independent presses and self-published books that bring new ideas to the marketplace, similar to the manner in which independent filmmakers have reshaped the film industry, according to Ellen Reid, the publisher and book marketing expert who originated the contest. 

      An early Mose T admirer, Haardt began buying, reselling, and getting Tolliver's work noticed by dealers. "Mose and I became very close friends," she told the New Orleans publication Gambit Weekly. "I'd give all the money from the sales to Mose, and he would give me two paintings in return."

      Tolliver's paintings hang in museum collections at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York , the High Museum of Art in Atlanta , the Milwaukee Art Museum , the Smithsonian Institution, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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      AHF to co-sponsor Humanities Leadership Summit

      Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

      Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

      The Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University are co-sponsoring Alabama 's first humanities conference on technology at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham , September 14-15. Face the Future Humanities Leadership Summit: Humanities and Technology in the 21st Century will convene Alabama 's literary, cultural, historical, art, and educational organizations to explore new possibilities through technology and build relationships for future partnerships.

      The conference will feature keynote speakers Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Executive Director for Public and Cultural Events at Arizona State University , and Jamil S. Zainaldin, President of the Georgia Humanities Council.  Jennings-Roggensack  has extensive experience as an arts advocate, serving as a former presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and on many grant-making and advisory panels nationwide for more than twenty-nine years.  Zainaldin, the former president of the Washington-based Federation of State Humanities Councils, has spearheaded the development of an online state encyclopedia in Georgia .

      Other sessions will be led by professional experts and futurists in technology. A roundtable exchange and discussion sessions on technology and education, development, and communications/promotion will follow the keynote presentations.  The Summit will culminate with Alabama Governor Bob Riley as the keynote speaker for the Alabama Humanities Awards Luncheon and the public launch of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama on Monday, September 15.

      Contact Susan Perry, Alabama Humanities Foundation, at 205-558-3993 or sperry@...  for further information.



      June-July book reviews offer readers the best in poetry, fiction, and children's literature

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