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.  Genres of traditional music are jazz, blues, quartet gospel, old-time fiddle, shape-note singing, spirituals, and mariachi.

COMMON THREADS: Alabama's Quilting Traditions  Interested in Alabama's quilting heritage?  Want to participate in a hands-on workshop?  Are you a community scholar wanting to learn more about material culture studies, documentation, and preservation?  Are you a quilt maker or instructor?  READ MORE about this series of 6 programs and workshops to be held across the state of Alabama.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

CURRENT EXHIBITS:  ALABAMA in the MAKING: Traditional Arts of People and Place and We'll All Sing Hallelujah:  Sacred Sounds of Alabama will be on display at the Guntersville Museum beginning June 21st, 2014  In early September, Sacred Sounds will move to Ft. Payne, Alabama.  See web sites for each exhibit for Calendar including openings, events, renting, and availability.

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