One week from today is Giving Tuesday, Birmingham! If you haven’t decided how to celebrate quite yet, we’ve got the perfect solution. The Alabama Humanities Foundation hosts and sponsors programs all aimed at enriching our state. Get an inside look at where those vital donations go!
Why Give to the Alabama Humanities Foundation?
The Alabama Humanities Foundation does a whole lot of good work in our state. Everything from educating educators, to funding classroom programs, to hosting seminars and forums, to granting state-wide financial support for humanities-based events enjoyed by over 1.3 million people in 2018.
1. Prime Time Family Reading Time
Prime Time Family Reading Time is a humanities-focused program designed to engage families and their children in reading and discussion. Prime Time models strategies for family bonding through literature at home, and builds the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.
A storyteller reads beautifully illustrated, award-winning children’s books that consist of culturally diverse stories from around the world. They span fairy tales, folk tales, fables, historical accounts, and more.
Each Prime Time site receives a set of children’s books to use in their program. Each participant is given a copy of every book to build a home library. An average of 15 books are given to each child.
Another wonderful aspect of this program is the free meal provided to all participants at each meeting.
2. Alabama History Day
Alabama History Day is a state-level affiliate of National History Day. This year-long academic program focuses on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th-12th grade students.
Students choose a topic related to an annual theme and then conduct research as historians. Students look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites in exploration of their chosen topic.
The experience culminates in a statewide contest at which the students present their work in one of five ways:
Finalists in the state-wide completion advance to the annual national competition near the nation’s capital in June.
3. MAKING ALABAMA
Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit began its journey in March 2018 and is traveling to all 67 counties across Alabama.
Making Alabama consists of artistic panels depicting eight periods of Alabama’s history and people who played prominent roles in that history. Each kiosk has an interactive computer tablet that allows attendees to delve deeper into those periods of history.
This unforgettable exhibit tells the story of how each community played an important part in making Alabama a state. Making Alabama will continue its state tour throughout 2019 as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of Alabama’s statehood.
Supporting enrichment in our state is such an important role—on this Giving Tuesday, don’t forget to donate!