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HOLLE CENTER

The Holle Center for Communication Arts is an international, interdisciplinary hub for storytelling and social justice whose mission is to support creative activity and scholarship that advances human dignity, breaks down barriers to understanding, illuminates injustices, and encourages collaboration and empathy.

Opening Fall 2024

UPCOMING

Stand Up! Exhibition

Join us for an exhibit highlighting New York Times bestseller Brittney Cooper’s book, Stand Up! Ten Mighty Women Who Made a Change at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in April and May 2024. More info coming soon.

Stand Up! by Brittney Cooper
Stand Up! by Brittney Cooper
Stand Up! by Brittney Cooper
Stand Up! by Brittney Cooper

Cathy Ann Johnson, Cover for Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change, 2022, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and digital. © Scholastic Stand Up! Ten Mighty Women Who Made a Change by Brittney Cooper with illustrations by Cathy Ann Johnson.

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WHO WE ARE

The Holle Center for Communication Arts is an incubator and creative collaboratory for 21st century nonfiction storytelling. The work of the Holle Center is guided by a commitment to advance “narrative justice” through innovative and arts-informed research, community engagement, and creative co-operation. 

Holle Center for Communication Arts
The University of Alabama

OUR STAFF

Dr. Robin Boylorn

Professor, Endowed Chair and Director of the Holle Center for Communication Arts

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Dr. Robin Boylorn

Michelle Bordner

Holle Center Program Manager
Michelle Bordner

WHAT WE DO

Prior to its launch, programming for the Holle Center for Communication Arts has included screening an award winning film, a public poetry reading and a one-person show that illuminates intergenerational stories of Black women in the South. The center also sponsored a course in collaborative storytelling that allowed students to engage with guest artists and visit social activism sites in Montgomery, culminating in a storytelling showcase.

Additional programs and initiatives will follow the Holle Center’s opening in Fall 2024.

WHERE WE LIVE

Bryant Denny Stadium, where the Digital Media Center is located

​The Holle Center, a component of the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama, will be located in Bryant Denny Stadium.

NEWS

Coming soon.

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THE HOLLE AWARDS

The Holle Awards

​The Holle Center oversees the national Holle Awards for Excellence in Creativity and Communication, which highlight and celebrate creative expression in seven categories including book arts, filmmaking, forensics, media writing, public speaking, screenwriting and sports media.

The awards, which were established by Everett Hughes Holle and funded by the Holle Family Foundation, include a $10,000 prize for the winner of each category. The next funding cycle for the award will be 2025.

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REACH OUT TO US

Have questions about the Holle Center? Contact us.