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 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.  

July 24, 2018
Elba Church of Christ Continues to Serve
Elba Church of Christ Continues to Serve

The Elba Church of Christ has a great impact on the members of its community. From worship services every Sunday to providing food for those in need, this Elba church is a great place to get involved. Every Monday and Thursday, the church hosts food banks.

By Pearce Miller
July 23, 2018
Collinsville friends give local adventure tour
Collinsville friends give local adventure tour

On one particularly slow day at the library, my friend and library employee Alexus started talking about what there is to do for fun around the area. She explained that there are many local spots that not everyone knows about. This sparked an idea for a weekend trip to visit all of these “locals only” spots.

By Erin Blythe
July 16, 2018
My Experience with Cowboy Church
My Experience with Cowboy Church

The other day as I was driving down the road in Henagar, a town located near Collinsville, I passed an interesting sign with faded wooden letters that invited, “Come join us for cowboy church! Every Sunday at 10.” The next Sunday, I decided to drive up the dirt road to a little barn in the country to see what this was all about.

By Erin Blythe
July 16, 2018
Alabama Bicentennial Exhibit visits Elba
Alabama Bicentennial Exhibit visits Elba

Members of the Elba and Coffee County communities are now enjoying the Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit presented by the Humanities Foundation. The exhibit made its debut in Coffee County July 2 at the National Security Conference Center in Elba. Since its opening, people of all ages have come to soak in the information and artifacts the exhibit presents.

By Pearce Miller
July 13, 2018
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden

Today’s youth will shape tomorrow’s future so why not encourage them to create something that is completely their own.  Black Belt Treasures and Cultural Arts Center in Camden has made the pledge to do just that. Black Belt Treasures opened for business on Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 75 artists. To date, more than 500 artisans have sold their work through Black Belt Treasures.  

By Laura Agee