The Safe House Museum hosted the 20th year Anniversary of Rural Studio at Auburn University on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 2:00pm – 2401 Davis Street Greensboro, AL.
“WALK AND FEEL THE HISTORY of Alabama’s Black Belt”
A celebration of history, community, and the 20th Anniversary of Rural Studio in Hale County! The public was invited to opening events welcoming a new exhibit to the Safe House Black History Museum.
The event featured clothing and art from Black Belt Designs, a collaborative fiber workshop and arts outreach program at the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture in York, Alabama. Artists Marilyn Gordon, Lillie Mack, and Mary Jo Hare will bring their works, made entirely from re-purposed materials—gently used articles that have been turned into new clothing items and accessories that reflect artistic traditions of the rural South. The unique and beautiful handcrafted items will be on display and for sale. Ms. Carolyn Zeanah, a renowned Alabama quilter, will also have one of her spectacular quilts on display as an exciting new addition to the museum.
The opening event, began at 2:00pm, will also feature essays written and presented by students at Greensboro Middle School, and a musical presentation by students from Greensboro Elementary School. Staff from Auburn University’s Rural Studio, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of inspiring projects in Hale County, will speak about their work with and support of Ms. Theresa Burroughs in helping her tell her incredible story through the Safe House Museum. Finally, Black Belt Designs Artists and Ms. Carolyn Zeanah will presented their works and spoke to the historical significance of the art on display. The public will then be invited to tour the Safe House Museum and to “Walk and Feel the History.”
The event was sponsored by: Safe House Museum, Black Belt Designs, Project Horseshoe Farm, Auburn University Rural Studio, University of Alabama Honors College