Alabama Folklife Association

   Mailing LIst

Mailing address:  5709 Belle Ridge Trail

Birmingham, AL 35210

The programs and projects of the Alabama Folklife Association are supported by grants and funding from the following:




(National Endowment for the Arts)

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama



The Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicted to the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Alabama's folklife.  To learn more about the organization: membership, staff, and Board of Directors, click here......   

Folklife includes traditional cultural and artistic expressions that are passed down from one generation to the next through families, communites, regions, or groups.  Examples are quilts, music, basketry, folklore, pottery, foodways, dances, medicinal practices, decoration day, and folk architecture.  Jazz, blues, quartet gospel, old-time fiddle, shape-note singing, spirituals, and mariachi are genres of traditional music supported by Alabama folklife programs.


ALABAMA in the MAKING: Traditional Arts of People and Place.  Follow link for further information.  NOW available as a rental.  Check Rent tab for cost and requirements and paperwork.

  EXHIBIT and web site Under Production

Links to information on Grand Opening March 15, plus research links and exhibit information, available at

Alabama Folklife Collections at the Alabama Department of Archives and History

AFA is pleased to announce that the Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recommended the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture for a grant of $165,900.00 to fund the project of accessioning and cataloguing folklife collections for 2.5 years.  CLIR Hidden and Special Collections and Archives program is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and we are thrilled to be selected for a grant through this program. 


Current Projects