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January 2012

January 2012

February 2. One Day. One massive opportunity to support local nonprofits

On February 2, 2012, the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, in partnership with the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Razoo Foundation, is doing something in Alabama that’s never been done. With the launch of Alabama Gives Day, these organizations are taking one day to harness the power of individual contributions statewide, connecting new and existing donors with thousands of Alabama nonprofits.

“For twenty-four hours, starting at midnight on Feb. 2, people who love the literary arts in Alabama can go online and quickly make their voices heard through contributions to the Forum,” said Executive Director Jeanie Thompson. “Donations will support the programs of the Forum, such as the Alabama Book Festival, the High School Literary Arts Awards, and the resources for writers and readers at”

Although Alabama Gives Day officially launches on February 2, people can make contributions now through the Forum’s Razoo Web site.



Arts advocacy briefing at ASF calls leaders to action

At a called meeting of arts leaders and individuals from around the state on January 11 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) in Montgomery, Alabama State Council on the Arts chairman Jim Harrison (Tuscaloosa) and ASCA executive director Al Head encouraged the arts community to step up to the challenge of arts advocacy for the upcoming legislative session. Without such a united front, Head said, the consequences may be dire for state arts funding.

“If we don’t speak out (about arts funding), it will be easy to slip through the cracks,” said Head. He encouraged people to invite elected state officials to visit arts programs and arts education events, and to make the case for the economic impact of their arts organizations within the community. Head also encouraged people to know who their legislative delegations are, to understand the process and be familiar with key committee chairs and the movement of the budgets.



From Our Newsroom

First Draft Newsroom keeps you current on the people, events, and other topics of literary interest in the state and beyond. Top stories in January include:

Shelby County Arts Council receives grant to help fund Writing Our Stories at Columbiana Middle School

ASCA announces board member reappointments


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Catch up on your reading with books by Alabama writers

First Draft Reviews Online can help match the right book with the right reader. Whether you prefer poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or children and young adult literature, browse the page to see what your favorite Alabama authors are publishing these days.



First Draft Blogs inform, enlighten, and entertain

Read what our members and other notable writers are blogging about. First Draft Blogs offer features and columns from people in the know. Recently posted blogs include Jim Reed’s advice to young writers, “Writers Write! Right Now!”



Upcoming Literary Events

Do you need to attract a larger audience than those people on your e-mail list? Post your literary function on the Forum’s Events calendar. Some 1500 book lovers receive Literary News each month, and a number of these readers check our calendar for literary events in their areas and beyond.



Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite Alabama authors

Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Augusto Soledade, and Jim Hilgartner.

Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays 2:30-3 p.m. on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.



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