Black Belt Community Foundation and Alabama State Council on the Arts - Festivals in the Black Belt Workshop

The Black Belt Community Foundation and the Alabama State Council on The Arts Present a Valuable Workshop Opportunity to Aid Community Festival Planners Across the Black Belt

​On Saturday, January 30th, from 8:30am – 3:30pm at WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE in the HANK SANDERS TECHNOLOGY BUILDING in Selma, Alabama, The BLACK BELT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION with the support of the ALABAMA STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS will present the “Stronger Festivals in Alabama’s Black Belt” Workshop to aid community festival planners across the ALABAMA BLACK BELT region.

Panel discussions will address the wide array of essential issues that professionals and volunteers who plan and execute community arts and cultural festivals of any type can benefit from. Panel topics will include:

"Having these experts representing Alabama community festivals and events, some of which have received statewide, regional and national recognition coming together to benefit Black Belt communities with the wealth of their knowledge base is truly an incredible thing. We are very thankful for the help of the Alabama State Council on the Arts to be able to present this special workshop."

Felecia Lucky, President, Black Belt Community Foundation

  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Festival”
  • Conducting Needs Assessments
  • Budgets and Fundraising for Your Event
  • Finding and Approaching Sponsors
  • Using Social Media to Promote Your Event

Festival Planning Experts from across Alabama and outside it will participate as well as The Alabama Department of Tourism. Such Festivals and events as the Okra Festival, Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, Rock N’ Ribs Benefit, The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival and Alabama’s currently top-rated festival the Boom Days Heritage Celebration have been confirmed so far and will be represented.​

The workshop is free to participate in, but you must register in advance with the Black Belt Community Foundation by e-mailing for a registration form. 

A FREE breakfast and luncheon will be provided, but due to the special nature of the workshop, participation is limited on a “first registered first reserved basis.”


FOR BLACK BELT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MEDIA INQUIRIES:  Daron K. Harris, Publicist BBCF  256.592.9153, email

Or Contact BBCF Offices at (334) 874-1126

About The Black Belt Community Foundation:

The Black Belt Community Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to work with all of our citizens to help improve the quality of life in a region that stretches from Mississippi to Georgia.  The 12-county area that is our focus is almost one-sixth of the land area of the state.  It is home for nearly a quarter of a million people.  Rich in human, geographic, cultural and economic diversity, Alabama’s Black Belt got its name from the rich, dark soil found here.  The area also is home to the highest percentage of African American Residents in Alabama.

The Black Belt Community Foundation’s mission is to forge a collective stream of giving.  Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Black Belt Community Foundation actively puts needed resources into the region to make a lasting impact.  The foundation operates in three main areas:  Giving (BBCF awards community program and arts grants to over 100 nonprofits in the region each year); Receiving (BBCF is actively working to raise the profile of philanthropy in the region, encouraging gifts from individuals and organizations of all sizes from across the state and around the world); and Growing (BBCF offers leadership training, organizational capacity building, and community collaboration to grow the skills needed to transform our communities).  Through these areas, BBCF’s focus is to consolidate many region-wide improvement efforts into a common effort with a simple mission:  “taking what we have to make what we need.”