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Artistic Roots: Alabama's Creative Culture

Original Webcast Date:

November 6, 2018, 10:30 AM CT

Middle School

The Arts


Artistic Roots: Alabama’s Creative Culture explores the study and creation of music, theatre, sculpture, folk, and visual arts around the state. Students have the opportunity to learn about folk art from the Cargo Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art, meet Medusa being carved from Sylacauga marble, visit a community playhouse in Montgomery, witness a giant sting ray mural come to life on Dauphin Island, discover what it takes to become a record producer in Birmingham, and experience a studio session at the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Studying the arts provides opportunities for students to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it and gain essential skills needed to create their own artistic expressions.


Creating a Public Mural Lesson (PDF)

Sculpture: Reduction Methods Lesson (PDF)

Discussion Questions 

  1. What are some ways people express themselves artistically?
  2. How is marble created?
  3. How is math used in sculpture?
  4. What is community theatre, and why is it important?
  5. What is public art? What messages can public art convey?
  6. What is music technology?
  7. What is the Muscle Shoals sound?

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Alabama Public Television Documentaries


Artistic Roots: Alabama’s Creative Culture was made possible by support from the following:

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