Alabamians interested in gathering the stories behind the food for the SFA Oral History Initiative can learn to do so at the Alabama Communities Scholars Institute (ACSI). This training program, for people who want to research and document Alabama's traditional culture, is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
The 2008 Alabama Community Scholars Institute will take place in Mobile starting after dinner on Friday June 20 and continuing through Sunday, June 29, after breakfast. Throughout the intensive 9-day program participants study
--all aspects of doing fieldwork: recognizing traditions, conducting field surveys, interviewing and recording, photographing and videotaping tradition bearers and logging and transcribing interviews.
--ways to present their findings in exhibits, films, CDs, articles, etc.
--how folk traditions can be part of cultural tourism plans which may be of economic benefit to their communities.
Students come with a project concerning their own local culture in mind and throughout the Institute they learn how to make that project a success. To gain hands-on experience during the Institute, participants will research Mobile's Mardi Gras and interview people involved in that traditional event.
Applications are due by April 1. For complete details about the Alabama Community Scholars Institute and how to apply, visit www.alabamafolklife.org and click on ACSI or call Joyce Cauthen, 205-822-0505.