Artistic Roots

July 10, 2019
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Welcome to Artistic Roots: Alabama's Creative Culture. This program explores the study and creation of music, theater, 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.

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Birmingham Museum of Art | Artistic Roots

Student Reporter Sophie Hosna visits "The Original Makers," Folk Art from the Cargo Collection exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art to learn more about Alabama's creative culture.

Marble Sculpture | Artistic Roots

Marble from Sylacauga, Alabama is some of the best marble in the world. Sophie meets sculptor Craigger Browne to learn more about sculpting with marble.

Theatre | Artistic Roots

Sophie visits the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, Alabama to learn more about community theater and the tools of acting from theatre director Sarah Thornton and actor Ron McCall, which she then uses in acting exercises with students on stage.

Mural Painting | Artistic Roots

Sophia learns more about being a professional artist from Birmingham sculptor and painter Merrilee Challis who traveled to Dauphin Island Sea Lab to paint a mural. We learn how art can bring people together by encouraging curiosity and wonder.

Music - AudioState 55 | Artistic Roots

Sophie visits the recording studio AudioState 55 to learn about the production side of the music industry from Dr. Henry Panion III, Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Muscle Shoals | Artistic Roots

Sophie visits the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to learn about the history of the studio. She then plays with friends from Girls Rock Birmingham along with session musicians to experience the feel of writing and recording a song at Muscle Shoals Sound.

90 minutes


  • Cindy Kirk

    Vice President of Education Alabama Public Television

  • Kathy Heiman


  • Kathy Heiman

    Kathy Heiman is an Education Specialist with Alabama Public Television. In this role, she develops and facilitates online professional development courses for PreK-12 administrators and teachers. Additionally, she conducts trainings and outreach activities for educators throughout the state. Before coming to APT, Mrs. Heiman worked as an educator for twenty-seven years and retired from the Albertville City School System in 2008.

  • LaShondra Hemphill

    LaShondra Hemphill (aka RyNea Soul) is a hip-hop, soul, and electronic music producer and educator from Birmingham, Alabama. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Initiative for Creative Arts, Inc. as well as SheShock Hip Hop Academy, an interactive, creative and educational music technology program designed to empower, encourage, and inspire women/girls. Hemphill is on the board of Girls Rock Birmingham, which shares her goals of helping girls build self-esteem and find their voices through music education and performance.

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