Category: Community Engagement


Sculpture Class Creates Functional, Collaborative Community Art

From the July 2022 Desktop News |Over the past semester, Craig Wedderspoon and his students in his Beginning Sculpture class installed uniquely designed benches at the Hill Hospital in York, Alabama.   Wedderspoon believes that the service-oriented, function-driven character of art is often amplified during the execution of collaborative, community projects.   Wedderspoon was introduced to […]

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Art and Art History Receives CDC Foundation Grant to Promote Vaccine Education and Acceptance

From the February 2022 Desktop News | The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History recently received a grant to create innovative and accurate poster designs that will harness the power of the arts to engage audiences of all ages in overcoming COVID-19 and influenza vaccine hesitancy. With support from the CDC Foundation, […]

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UA Researchers Creating Digital Exhibition of Birmingham Artist’s Work

From the June 2021 Desktop News | At first glance, Joe Minter’s backyard looks like an assortment of metal and building materials. But for Minter, a found-object artist in Birmingham, this sea of rust and steel tells the story of his life, and a cultural movement, in a collection he calls “African Village in America.” […]

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UA Professor Uses NSF Grant to Explore Evolution and Facilitate Diversity

From the September 2021 Desktop News | Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta, a professor of geological sciences at The University of Alabama, hopes to change the way people think of geology’s role in the emergence of life on Earth. In July 2020, Pérez-Huerta received an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation to help him not only […]

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2021-2022 Faculty and Staff Community Engagement Fellows Announced

From the September 2021 Desktop News | The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences recently selected the inaugural class of Faculty and Staff Community Engagement Fellows. The program supports faculty and staff as they develop community-engaged research, creative activities, teaching and learning initiatives. Each fellow is selected based on the potential of their project’s positive impact on the community and society as a whole.   The 2021-2022 fellows bring together a diverse group of […]

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New College Internship Allows Students to Get Involved in Walker County

From the August 2021 Desktop News | For 11 years, a select group of students at The University of Alabama have spent their summers immersing themselves in the underserved communities of rural Walker County. As part of New College’s Walker County Civic Engagement Internship Program, these students live and work in and around Jasper, Alabama, […]

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Spanish Outreach Program Allows UA Students to Give Back

From the August 2021 Desktop News | Students in The University of Alabama’s Spanish program are taking their language skills outside of the college classroom and into local schools. Each semester, around 15 students with Spanish majors or minors participate in the Spanish Outreach program, a course where they spend at least six hours per […]

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A&S Faculty Working with National Project to Increase Equitable Vaccine Access

From the June 2021 Desktop News | Dr. Stephanie McClure has a longstanding interest in public health and increasing equitable access to healthcare for underserved groups. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, she was concerned about how the pandemic would affect these communities, but was unsure how her interest in contributing to theory concerning health disparities […]

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Community Theatre Group Brings Shakespeare to Manderson Landing

From the April 2021 Desktop News | On a typical summer weekend, dozens of Tuscaloosa residents and their families flock to the Park at Manderson Landing, where they watch Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies come to life during Shakespeare in the Park. Here, they see daring sword fights and passionate monologues performed by the Rude Mechanicals, […]

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