Writing Our Stories Exhibit, Alabama State Capitol, Spring 2011
This spring, the Alabama Writers’ Forum (AWF) and the Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) invited the public to view an exhibit depicting the award-winning Writing Our Stories (WOS) program in the Old Supreme Court Library in the Alabama State Capitol. The Forum hosted a reception on May 10.
Coinciding with Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, the exhibit included thirty-four panels, with quotes from students, cooperating teachers, and teaching writers and poems and graphics from the student writers’ published anthologies.
Writing Our Stories is a cooperative program of the Alabama Writers' Forum and the Alabama Department of Youth Services. Funding for the project, which includes nine months of instruction, in-service training, and anthology editing, is provided by a DYS grant with support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention provided additional funding for the exhibit.
Here are some photographs from the exhibit and reception. (Photos by Robin Cooper)
J. Walter Wood Jr. and Kelley Parris-Barnes (Photo 7034)
J. Walter Wood Jr., DYS executive director, and Kelley Parris-Barnes, director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, with a poem from Holding On.
J. Walter Wood Jr. and Tyrone Yarbrough (Photo 9610)
J. Walter Wood Jr., DYS executive director, welcomes guests at the exhibit reception with “My Time Has Come,” a poem from the Chalkville Campus anthology Holding On while DYS Superintendent of Education Tyrone Yarbrough looks on.
Dafina Cooper Ward (Photo 9559)
Dafina Cooper Ward, coordinator, Alabama Community AIDS Fund, reads a panel.
Tony Crunk (Photo 9568)
Vacca Campus teaching writer Tony Crunk
Allen Peaton (Photo 9581)
Allen Peaton, DYS deputy director for administration, takes in the exhibit.
Kelley Parris-Barnes and Frank White (Photo 9622)
Kelley Parris-Barnes, director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, listens as Forum treasurer Frank White welcomes exhibit visitors.
Jimmy McLemore and Anne Kimzey (Photo 9586)
Montgomery attorney Jimmy McLemore chats with Anne Kimzey, Alabama State Council on the Arts literature program manager.
Maury West (Photo 9514)
Maury West, Alabama Department of Health director of social work, signs the exhibit guest book.
Writing Our Stories teaching writers (Photo 9653)
Writing Our Stories teaching writers Danny Gamble, Priscilla Hancock Cooper, Marlin Barton, and Tony Crunk
Tracy Smitherman, Allen Peaton, and Jeanie Thompson (Photo 9553)
DYS C & FP Coordinator Tracy Smitherman, DYS Deputy Director for Administration Allen Peaton, and AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson discuss the exhibit.