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Fall into Folklife Symposium and Expo Comes to Livingston

fall into folklife logoNovember 17, 3:00 p.m.-November 18, 3:00 p.m., 2017. The Alabama Folklife Association (AFA), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and promotion of traditional culture will hold their annual meeting at the University of West Alabama (UWA) in Livingston. To take place in Lyon Hall, the Symposium and Expo will provide opportunities to meet and learn from the many individuals and organizations contributing to the field of folklore in Alabama.

Fall into Folklife 2017 (FIF2017) is made possible through the significant contributions of the host and institutional partner, the Division of Economic Development and Outreach (DEDO), UWA. Tina Naremore Jones, Executive Director of DEDO, commented, “The Alabama Folklife Association is a perfect partner to the missions of UWA’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt and Black Belt Museum. We look forward to sharing our resources for both scholars and folklore enthusiasts, while also introducing newcomers to the field. Folkways impacts our lives daily from the way we dress, eat and entertain. This is a great opportunity for individuals to make these connections to their own lives.”

Sponsored by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the FREE Symposium on Friday and Saturday will include a variety of educational sessions highlighting accomplishments across the state in the areas of storytelling, metal arts, Native American folkways, arts-based entrepreneurship, and rural landscape documentation. During the ticketed dinner event on Friday night, a gospel quartet concert will present an honored and well-noted a cappella singing tradition from Alabama. The talents of our state will be weaved into the sessions and showcased in the hallways of the conference center where artists will display and sell their works on Saturday. Participants and any visitors can take time to shop and support local artists. FREE local tours on Saturday afternoon will finalize the gathering and demonstrate the contributions of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, UWA through their many facets of work both on campus and in the local community.

According to AFA Executive Director, Mary Allison Haynie, “Nothing captures the remarkable heritage of Alabama like our folkways; the stories, the sounds, and the masters of basketry, quilting, pottery, and other traditions are recognized worldwide. The cultural resources of the Black Belt have influenced and propelled the field of folklore, so holding this event in Livingston is a natural fit.”

To register for the symposium and tours or purchase tickets to the dinner and concert, go to Eventbrite. For more extensive information and links, please click here to visit the AFA web site page. Both of these pages can be reached on the right side of the AFA home page, www.alabamafolklife.org.

Additional funding for Fall into Folklife provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama “Support the Arts” Car Tag Program

For additional information, contact Executive Director Mary Allison Haynie, Alabama Folklife Association, at 205-956-9888 or email alabamafolklife@att.net.


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