in the "toasting marshmallows," Alabama folk artist Jessie LaVon depicts a scene from childhood.

Alabama artists speak to the National Endowment for the Arts chair | Pro Club Bd

  • Public support for the arts used to mean bringing outside artists to underserved populations.
  • “Now part of it is promoting Alabama art,” said folklorist Joey Brackner.
  • The NEA Chair participates in discussions about resources available to fund and support artists in rural Alabama.

Above all, the Alabama Black Belt values ​​its history and traditions. Locally sourced, the quilts, sculptures and paintings tell their story and are an integral part of the Black Belt’s cultural and economic vitality.

Women in rural Wilcox County now sew brightly colored quilts because, decades ago, it was their great-grandmothers’ livelihood. It reminds them of the days when their black ancestors bedded down plantations for warmth or when they found economic power through the sale of their art during the civil rights movement.

charlie "tin man" Lucas attends the Prattauga Art Guild exhibit at the Prattville Creative Arts Center on September 14, 2014 in Prattville.

Charlie Lucas, the famous Selma “Tin Man” sculptor, makes his art because “art is our story”. His great-grandfather was a blacksmith, and he was the person who introduced Lucas to the metalwork he puts into each of his pieces.

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