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 Introducing Kelsey Daenen
 Summer 2016 Marketing and Social Media Intern

 Kelsey Daenen is a Georgia State University

 graduate student.  She is pursuing an Anthropology

 Master’s degree with a concentration in Visual

 Anthropology and Anthropology of Mass Media. 

 She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology

 from Kennesaw State University in


 Kelsey googled the keyword “Anthropology,” while

 searching for an internship opportunity and found

 our internship job  posting.  She starts work with

 us on May 2.  Kelsey wants to hone her writing and

 editing skills while marrying her interest  in anthropology with media. She  explained that visual anthropology is related to the field of  communications and is community based.  The Ridge Project’s  community-based focus is a good fit with her interests.

 Kelsey will assist with upgrading The Ridge Project's website and  Facebook page and expanding our social media presence.


2016 Grant Awards

Alabama Humanities Foundation

The Alabama Humanities Foundation has awarded a mini-grant to The Ridge Macon County Archaeology Project to present an Old Federal Road Storytelling Festival on October 29, 2019 (see announcement on home page).

The Alabama Humanities Foundation awards grants to support public humanities projects.  They are an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  .For more information,

Black Belt Community Foundation, Inc.

The Black Belt Community Foundation, Inc. (BBCF, Inc.) has awarded an Arts programming grant to The Ridge Project for the presentation of a one-day Introduction to Creative Movement and Dance Workshop to Macon County Young Preservationist Association members and other youth of south Macon County.   The workshop will be presented on Saturday, November 12, 2016 by Latoria Akins-Jackson, a college-trained dancer, instructor and choreographer who serves as the Director of Dance at First African Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. The workshop will include a discussion of the history of dance and movement from Africa to America, and the creation of dance routines.  There is no charge for participants and lunch will be provided. The location of the workshop will be announced soon.

The Black Belt Community Foundation, Inc. is located in Selma, Alabama.  Its mission is to infuse resources to benefit twelve Black Belt counties.  This grant was offered for the presentation or production of the arts for local constituents, and to bring the arts to local venues, through a partnership between the BBCF, Inc. and the Alabama State Council for the Arts. This is the second Arts grant from the BBCF, Inc. to The Ridge.  The first grant was awarded in 2015 to fund a Native American Finger Weaving Workshop.
Click here for more information on the BBCF, Inc.

Sponorship from the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities - Auburn University

The Center for Humanities is co-sponsoring the Old Federal Road Storytelling Festival (see homepage for more information).

2015 Annual Report 

The Ridge Project's Annual Report provides a summary of our programs, activities, and finances for 2015.

Click here to access the report.