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Fall into Folklife: Documenting, Preserving, and Presenting Our Heritage

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Lyon Hall, University of West Alabama

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Livingston, AL 35470

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Fall into Folklife Symposium and Expo: Documenting, Preserving, and Presenting Our Heritage. Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, 2017. Lyon Hall, University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL.

Fall into Folklife, 2017 (FIF2017) is made possible by the significant contributions of our host and institutional partner, the Division of Economic Development and Outreach (DEDO), University of West Alabama (UWA). The Symposium is funded in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Expo is funded in part by the "Support the Arts" Car Tag and the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). Monies from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) contribute to the AFA through ASCA and additional grants.

ADA: In accordance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs of the AFA are held in venues that meet these standards. Special accommodations for persons with visual and hearing disabilities will be met upon request. Please email alabamafolklife@att.net or phone 205.956.9888.

TICKETS: There are seven available and five are FREE. One is to register for the Symposium. The other two that have a fee are for the Friday night dinner and concert that will serve as our annual meeting. The other four tickets that are FREE will register you for the tours on Saturday afternoon.

Accommodations: Comfort Inn. Open 24 Hours. Three miles from the University of West Alabama and Lake LU. Exit 17 (I-20/59). 141 Trucker Blvd. Livingston, AL, 35470. Phone: (205) 652-4839 Fax: (205) 652-4806.

FULL SCHEDULE, EVENTS, and TOPICS: For Schedule at a Glance, printable map, register by mail and further information, visit the web page: http://alabamafolklife.homestead.com/FIF-2017.html?_=1506534067225

Friday, November 17, 2017. 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Check-in at Lyone Hall to pick up your materials.

Session 1: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wonderful program on storytelling. Master artist, Alabama Community Scholar, AIEA, DANA certified Black Belt teaching artist, and ASCA rural touring artist, Wanda Johnson, will inspire you with stories based on family experiences and community-based oral history research. A program called, "A Conversation with Vera and Miss Ruby," will follow. Fine Arts Department Director, singer, and thespian, Jody Tartt, the niece of Ruby Pickens Tartt, will portray her aunt while she shares stories with renown folk singer, Vera Hall, presented by Rev. Daisybelle Thomas-Quinney, an ordained minister, masterful educator, and award-winning leader. 5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. BREAK

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Reception and Welcome. This hour will provide time to visit with colleagues, friends, and participants from the regional area. 7:00 p.m. Barbecue Dinner and Gospel Quartet Concert featuring three groups. The first group will hail from the Black Belt region and they will be followed by The Pillars of Birmingham and a second group from Jefferson County. These singers will present the unique and award-winning sound from Alabama that is featured in numerous documentary films, televisions shows, publictions, and presentations. Dinner will be BYOB, so if you like having some spirits, bring your own for you, friends, or contribute to the share table.

Saturday, November 18:

Saturday, November 18. EXPO ---Traditional artists will fill the hallways of Lyon Hall to sell their works. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Two sets of concurrent sessions, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:15 a.m. The first session includes a panel discussion on Alabama's Folk Architecture and Rural Landscapes to feature studies of slave dwellings and rural southern cemeteries. During the other session, representatives from galleries, festivals, studio spaces, and museums with experience working with private collectors and entrepreneurs will cover the history of the business side of being a folk and traditional artist in a discussion called "Crafting for Cash." Periods in art history, personal work dedicated to developing one's story and one's art to be sought after by collectors, tourists, and other sources of revenue, and changes in the economy are just three of the many factors impacting artists striving to make a living from their craft. This session is set to engage artists who are establishing their business and those in the profession that support working artists. The second two sessions will be dedicated to the topics of Native American Folkways and Metal Arts. From the making of tools and textiles, to the processing and production of foodways, one panel will discuss the contributions of living history camps, Pow Wows, artists, scholars, archaeology, and historic sites in the cultural conservation of Native American traditional arts and folkways in Alabama. Annual events, ongoing programs, outreach, and the development, practice, and expansion of these opportunities combined with contributions from specialists in the field are growing and continue to support and enhance research, education, and presentation. Be sure and join Mrs. Rosa Hall, Monica Newman Moore, and other professionals from northwest Alabama and become more informed about current practices and initiatives. Regional sites dedicated to the industrial heritage of Central Alabama and elsewhere have proven that "Fire, Forge, and Furnace: Metal Arts and Occupational Folklore" are huge prospects for the future that embrace the past while moving artistic traditions forward through the passage of knowledge and skills to the next generation. Metal arts are now central to the operations and programming of many historic sites including Sloss Furnaces, Tannehill State Park, and the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, located in in the historic Soulé Steam Feed Works site in nearby Meridian. From functional farm tools to mass production at our industrial sites, metal arts are contributing to the vitality of special events, bringing entire festivals to places like Birmingham, and creating opportunities for summertime workshops and arts in residency programs. Artisans and site managers will discuss these trends and provide a glimpse of the future.

12: 30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Box Lunch and program SURPRISE!

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Tours. Colleagues and leaders of UWA will provide local tours that will demonstrate the many facets of work being conducted through the Division of Economic Development and Outreach (DEDO), UWA. (1) Author, editor, professor, and storyteller, Dr. Alan Brown will lead one of his engaging ghost story tours of Livingston. DEDO professionals will be available for: (2) an Open House at the Black Belt Museum that is located in a renovated historic building in downtown Livingston. The museum serves as a multidicplinary anchor, where you might encounter a paleontoligist, living historian, archaeologist, some old bones, or some artifacts; (3) A student-directed tour of rural cemeteries will showcase local traditions and the results of a rural cultural resource documentation project; (4) A tour of historic buildings relocated or reconstituted to the college campus will provide examples of folk architecture saved through the preservation efforts of UWA


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