Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa, AL   |  www.alabamablues.org

Mission

Our mission is the preservation of blues music as a traditional and contemporary art form through interactive programs that educate and entertain. With educational programs, live performance, exhibits, and the development of archival and curriculum materials, we increase awareness of the role blues music has played in the development of popular American music, with a special focus on Alabama's contribution to that history. Our programs reach a wide variety of audiences, including at-risk and troubled youth, and our unique blues camps pass on Alabama's rich blues culture to the next generation while teaching self-esteem, discipline, cross cultural understanding, interaction, and teamwork.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mrs. Ashley R. Wheat

Main address

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center 620 Greensboro Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 USA

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EIN

63-1265205

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Music (A68)

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After-School Blues Camp & Summertime Blues Camp

The ABP's After-School Blues Camp gives youth a positive way to express emotions through blues music. The program is a mixture of hands on musical instruction taught by professional musicians combined with a life-skills curriculum along with a blues history lesson. Students have an opportunity to; explore Alabama?s rich blues heritage and learning directly from some of the state?s many accomplished blues musicians. Students are taught at a wide range of proficiency levels and are encouraged to build their improvisation and performance skills.

The Alabama Blues Project Summertime Blues Camp is an exciting week-long program that combines music lessons with blues art workshops. In our 2007 summer camp, campers spent the morning creating original drums, shakers, posters, backdrops and a group sculpture. Our art instructors were the world renowned folk artists Lonnie Holley, Miz Thang and local artist and educator Tana Samuels-Fair.

In the afternoon, students learned an instrument of their choice - guitar, harmonica, drums or vocals. Master classes were also offered in drums, guitar and singing to our more advanced students.

Campers divided into bands in which they gave themselves their own blues nicknames and wrote a song as a grouas well as bringing students on the stage to join them. We also had a surprise visit from Birmingham based drummers Foxxy Fatts and Stephan Hundley.

The week concluded with an open house "Blues Cafe" featuring performances by the campers in which friends, family and the wider community were invited to help celebrate the blues art and music created by our wonderful students.

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Alabama Blues Project

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Whitehurst

Whitehurst & Whitehurst

Dolores Royal

Dr. Charles Nash

Dr. Steven Hobbs

Charles Wolbach

Richard Remaley

Dr. James Hall

BeBe Barefoot

Matthias Tormaehlen

Aaron Vold

Rosa Johnson

Dr. Rhoda Johnson

Judge John H. England, Jr.