Carnegie Visual Arts Center




3 Free Ways to Engage!

 We would like to offer free opportunities for students to experience Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place while it is in the area though November 7, 2015.

Guided group tours are a great way to see the exhibit as a class or multiple classes. We frequently partner with the Morgan County Archives to give students a multi-venue experience, and allow the exhibits to be viewed in two smaller groups. At the Carnegie we can lead younger students through each region while older students may prefer to explore the exhibit on their own. At the Archives, archivist John Allison will share addition information related to the Tennessee Valley’s folk traditions, and students can also view the two permanent exhibits the Morgan County Archives displays continually.

Additionally, if teachers would like to encourage their students to visit outside of school for extra credit, the Carnegie can provide proof that the student attended and view the exhibit.

Accompanying the exhibit is a 38-page Teacher Resource Guide that is available by download for use in prelude or follow up to viewing the exhibit. The guide is divided by the five Alabama regions (Gulf Coast, Tennessee Valley, Black Belt, Wiregrass, and Southern Appalachians) and provides background information, vocabulary, and classroom lessons and activities that encourage students to engage in folk history and recognized traditions in their own families. Also, available for loan, are DVDs of programs produced by Alabama Public Television on a number of related folklife topics. Titles of DVDs:

  • Alabama Journey Proud
  • Alabama Craft – Tradition and Innovation
  • Coat of Many Colors – A Tapestry of Alabama Artists
  • The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend
  • Sweet is the Day – A Sacred Harp Family Portrait

Guided group tours to see Alabama in the Making are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the exhibit. For more information and/or to reserve a time to bring your class, please call the Carnegie at 256-341-0562 or email at

For more information about Alabama Folklife Association and its mission and work, see The Alabama Folklife Association website has additional education resources and links under the Education header.