AUBURN – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded one of its two national Chairman’s Extraordinary Action Awards to Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. The $12,000 award will support a pilot project to assist the NEA in developing their Big Read program for correctional facilities.
“The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities,” said Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. “For this project, APAEP will work with NEA personnel to enhance the program for the prison setting.”
AUBURN – Auburn University will host a series of special events this semester in connection with the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his publication, “The Origin of Species by Natural Selection.”
The series is co-sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts and the outreach committee of the Department of Biological Sciences.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Discover Auburn series will continue Wednesday, Nov. 5, with the presentation “Bats: Friendly Masters of the Night Sky” by Troy Best, Auburn University alumni professor and curator of mammals in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The talk will be at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. A reception will follow.
Discover Auburn is a year-long series that features programs on research, history and other topics of interest by Auburn faculty, staff and alumni.
AUBURN – Alabama artists will be featured in the juried exhibition, “Drawing on Alabama 2009, ” sponsored by the Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
The competitive exhibition will be juried by Maura Lynch, curatorial assistant, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
AUBURN – The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, an outreach program in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, has received a grant of $14, 000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to teach art, photography and creative writing in Alabama’s prisons.
Project director Kyes Stevens said the grant will support additional educational programs and materials in correctional facilities and will fund a pilot project with Space One Eleven, a non-profit community arts organization in Birmingham, to offer studio instruction for both previous participants and those now participating in community corrections in Birmingham.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities has launched Pebble Hill Books, an imprint series published in collaboration with the University of Alabama Press and whose titles will grow out of or contribute to the center’s outreach mission for AU’s College of Liberal Arts.
The first book in the series, just released, is “In the Path of the Storms: Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the Alabama Coast.” It is co-authored by award-winning writer Frye Gaillard and artists-in-residence Sheila Hagler and Peggy Denniston.