History of the Center
Based on the extension ideal of our land-grant institution, the Center was established by Auburn University in 1985 to develop and offer programming in Alabama schools, towns, and communities that strengthens the bond between the academic community, the arts, and the general public. Its overarching goal is to help create both appetite and capacity for cultural and educational programming in communities of all sizes and resources.
In 1988, the Center received its first major National Endowment for the Humanities grant to conduct statewide reading-discussion programs. "Read Alabama!" set a standard for impact and outreach. In the years since, the Center has conducted three more NEH-funded statewide programs and created dozens of smaller series on state and national history, culture, and literature. It has also sponsored hundreds of one-time programs featuring writers, artists, and scholars in schools, libraries, and communities throughout the state. Thousands of Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds have come together at Center programs to learn, experience, and share.
Last Updated: August 19, 2015