Grant helps fund March 20 panel discussion at TROY’s International Arts Center

Pieta is one of the pieces featured in the exhibit

Pieta is one of the pieces featured in the exhibit "Comedian" by Winfred Hawkins, which is currently on display at the International Arts Center.

Troy University’s International Arts Center (IAC) will present a public conversation with featured artist Winfred Hawkins, Curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas and community leader and artist Kevin King at 12:30 p.m. on March 20.

Winfred Hawkins

The panel discussion, which is made possible through a mini grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance, will be moderated by Paul Barrett, guest curator of Hawkins’ show “Comedian” which is currently on display in the IAC’s foyer gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also be streamed on the IAC’s Facebook page.

The panel will discuss the historical context of the community-focused art practices of Hawkins and King, along with other well-known examples, and how these artists create projects with and for their communities to effect positive change. 

“Winfred Hawkins and Kevin King are positive change-makers in their communities,” said Carrie Jaxon, IAC Director and Curator. “They pour their talent and time into the people who live around them to create positive social change. Their artistic talent and dedication to their community are admirable. Having Dr. Jankauskas join them for a conversation offers a unique and insightful opportunity for our community to experience.”  

Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas

The conversation will also open the door to discussion on how art contributes to the preserved historical narrative by highlighting impactful and tragic events in our society and how those events can be addressed through creative placemaking and social practice to bring about positive change.  

This is the second time the International Arts Center has received a grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the primary source of grants for public humanities programming in the state.  

“We’re honored to support cultural organizations that make Alabama a richer, smarter and more vibrant place to live and learn,” says Chuck Holmes, executive director of the Alabama Humanities Alliance. “Our grant recipients are community cornerstones and creative storytellers that explore what it means to be human. They help us better understand ourselves, our neighbors and the wider world around us.”  

Kevin King

Opened in 2016, the IAC is located at 158 International Blvd. on the Troy Campus, adjacent to the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. The IAC can be visited Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Access to the park and the 200 Terracotta Warrior display is available seven days a week. Visitors can view Winfred Hawkins’ exhibition “Comedian” at the International Arts Center until April 11, 2024. 

The Alabama Humanities Alliance is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities with the mission of fostering learning, understanding and appreciation of Alabama’s people, communities and cultures. The Alliance’s ultimate goal is to use the humanities to bring Alabamians together and make the state a better place to live. Learn more at  

Alabama Humanities Alliance grants includes support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by grant recipients do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.