Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.

Students interested in applying for Summer 2023 can apply at aub.ie/livingdemocracyapp or contact Brittany Branyon at branyba@auburn.edu.  

June 30, 2022
Savage helps keep Mahala Martin's story alive
Savage loves to share Mahala Martin's story

On June 22, the Macintosh Library, with the help of local historian Micki Savage, incorporated a Juneteenth celebration into their summer reading program. She shared the remarkable story of Mahala Martin. 

By Cori Akins
June 29, 2022
Mayim Farm grows medicinal plants, educates others on organic techniques
Mayim Farm grows medicinal plants, educates others

Mayim Farm is a medicinal plant farm in Opp, Alabama. Carole and Greg Lolley grow superfoods and medicinal herbs like moringa, turmeric, yarrow, and spilanthes. They blend plants and herbs into powders and teas for optimal consumption.

By Dioselin Cruz
June 28, 2022
Museum preserves past, looks to the future
Museum preserves past, looks to the future

The Collinsville Historical Association was incorporated in 2003 and has been promoting historic preservation and research ever since. The group owns and operates the Museum of Collinsville History and the Cricket Theatre in downtown Collinsville. 

By Brin Allen
June 27, 2022
The Gallery in Camden celebrates local artists
The Gallery in Camden celebrates local artists

“The Art of Henrietta Blackmon and Louise McEvoy” art exhibit at The Gallery in downtown Camden at 103 Broad St. opened Thursday, June 16. Hosted by Blackbelt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC), the opening night was a success, with over 70 visitors coming to see the 36 pieces displayed, 18 from each artist. 

By Ashby Henry; Photos contributed by Kristin Law
June 26, 2022
Mosaics reflect community
Artist's mosaics reflect community, beauty

When Collinsville was looking to add some art to their downtown area, they looked to Linda Muñoz, a glass mosaic artist in North Alabama.  Having already worked with the town on some previous projects, she was well acquainted with the area. When approached with the proposal of making six original mosaic pieces, she quickly agreed. 

By Brin Allen