Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Alabama Arts Radio Podcast, Betty Moon Sampson, Master Artist in the Folk Apprenticeship Program

Steve Grauberger interviews Betty Moon Sampson, bluegrass musician and  Master Artist in the Arts Council's Folk Arts Apprentice Program. Betty tells stories about various aspects of her life growing up in Holly Pond, Alabama and learning to play and sing music with her father, banjo maker and musician Arlin Moon. She talks about her family band Dixie Bluegrass and shares examples of her music.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Alabama Arts Podcast, Tom Davenport Folkstreams.net

Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Tom Davenport an independent filmmaker and founding director of Folkstreams.net.  During the program Davenport discusses how Folkstreams preserves and gives new life to documentary films about American folklore and roots cultures by streaming them on the internet.  He talks about several important Alabama films featured on the website, as well as his own work making folklore documentaries and dramatic adaptations of Grimm’s fairy tales.

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Alabama Arts Podcast, Belinda George-Peoples

Yvette Jones-Smedley, Performing Arts Program Manger interviews Birmingham’s own, Belinda George-Peoples, a recipient of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award in Music.  Belinda shares the inspiring tale of her journey which began at the age of six, singing from the church pews  and led her to center stage in a musical written especially to showcase her immense talent in the Red Mountain Theatre’s world premier of “Respect.”

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Alabama Arts Podcast, Teresa Hollingsworth, Gerri Combs, South Arts

In this program, Deborah Boykin talks with South Arts Senior Program Director Teresa Hollingsworth about the programs and services offered through this regional arts organization. In the second half of the program Gerri Combs, Executive Director of South Arts discusses the organization's role in  helping to shape arts policy and advocacy in the Southeast.

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Alabama Arts Podcast, Deborah Rankins, Assistant Director of Library Services at Alabama Southern Community College

Folklife Specialist Anne Kimzey interviews Deborah Rankins, Assistant Director of Library Services at Alabama Southern Community College and the Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum in Thomasville.  Rankins furnishes information about the Windham Museum and discusses a calendar of events that feature various regional storytelling groups that are part of the Kathryn Tucker Windam Storytelling Club in Southwest Alabama.