Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Current Exhibition

Alabama in the Making

October 1 – November 7, 2015 — Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place is a traveling exhibit curated and commissioned by the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA), as a way to present AFA research collections from the Smithsonian Project and Alabama Community Scholars Institutes 2004, 2006, and 2008.  The collections are photographs, audio interviews, and videos.  Using iPads, visitors are able to navigate through these collections and listen to Alabamians tell the stories of their experiences in folk and traditional arts including foodways, music, occupational folklore, and material culture.

Executive Director of the AFA, Mary Allison Haynie, comments, “This vibrant and colorful exhibit truly expresses the diverse cultures of Alabama, our unique lifeways, and the rich heritage of people like us.”  The exhibit showcases the many talents, skills, and knowledge of Alabamians and the contributions they continue to make to American culture.  There are five kiosks and each one represents a region of Alabama:  Gulf Coast, Southern Appalachians, Wiregrass, Black Belt, and Tennessee Valley.  More information about Alabama Folklife Association and Alabama in the Making is available at The exhibit is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The exhibit at the Carnegie Visual arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Council on the Arts.

To schedule guided group tours please contact the Carnegie.