December 8, 2015

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama State Council on the Arts

State Arts Council Awards Grants Totaling $368,938 And Elects New Officers At Its December Meeting

The Council makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups. ASCA funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government and earned income by the grantee. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism and overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state.

These recent grants are in response to applications submitted under the September 1, 2015 deadline and represent the third round of grants awarded in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The 15-member board is appointed by the Governor to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council is to make decisions about grants awarded to support art programs and arts education throughout the state. Board members are selected from all regions of the state in order to strive for a geographic spread representing all areas of the state.   

Vaughan Morrissette, completing her 2-year term as Chairman of the Council emphasized, “Our state is fortunate to have so many programs that support and enhance education for students and improve the quality of life for all citizens. A vibrant arts environment helps to draw new industry and investment to Alabama.”

The agenda of the December meeting, in addition to the awarding of grants also included the announcement of three new appointments to the Council by Governor Robert Bentley for six year terms beginning January 1, 2016. These new appointments are Kim Mitchell, Decatur; Dr. Henry Panion III, Birmingham; and Mary White, Florence. Two current members of the Council: Ceil Snow, Birmingham and Julie Friedman, Fairhope were reappointed to what will be fourth terms for both veteran members. In other action by the Governor, current member Dora James, Opelika was reappointed to fill the remaining two year term of Lee Sentell resigning after ten years of service on the Council.

Commenting on the recent reappointments and new appointments, Al Head, Executive Director of the Council said, “These reappointments solidify the continuity of strong leadership on the Council for the next six years. All of these individuals contribute significantly to the Council’s mission of promoting the arts and artists in Alabama.” In regards to the new appointments, Head commented, “We are especially excited to welcome three outstanding new members who will bring valuable perspective and background to the agency.” The new members are:

Kim Mitchell is the Executive Director of the historic Carnegie Library that serves as an art museum and education facility in Decatur. With degrees in communications and studies in political science, she has served in executive positions with both television and radio stations prior to her position with the museum. She serves on a number of boards including the Alabama Art Education Association.

Dr. Henry Panion’s expertise spans the musical spectrum, from Gospel to Classical, Pop to Rock, Hip-Hop to Be-Bop and everything in between. Dr. Panion is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, conductor, educator and Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has conducted more than 50 different symphony orchestras all across the globe and has worked with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Carrie Underwood to name a few.

Mary Wadsworth White is an accomplished visual artist and active supporter of theater and music, as well as a promoter of the arts in public education. Mrs. White serves on the board for the Florence/Lauderdale Public Library; The Shoals Symphony at UNA; Shoals Family Success Center; Tennessee Valley Art Museum and the University of North Alabama Foundation.

The Council elected a new slate of officers for two-year terms through 2017. Dora James of Opelika was elected Chairman, Joel Daves IV of Mobile, Vice-Chair and Dr. Rachel Brown Fowler of Columbiana, Secretary of the Council.

Final action at the December meeting was the presentation of tokens of appreciation to two long-time members of the Council, Ralph Frohsin, Alexander City and Vaughan Morrissette, Mobile, who served on the board for a combined total of thirty-plus years. Mr. Head, as part of these special presentations to both Ralph and Vaughan commented, “Ralph and Vaughan both represent two of the best members to ever serve and deserve a place in our Council’s “Hall of Fame. Their contributions are significant and long-lasting.”

The next deadline for the submission of grant applications is March 1, 2016 for Fellowships, and Art & Cultural Facilities, covering activities taking place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. 

For more information about a particular grant listed below, contact Barbara Reed, Public Information Officer at 334-242-4076, ext. 223.

County Grantee City Description Discipline Grant
Autauga Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council Prattville Arts Activities, Demos, and Performances Community Arts $3,000.00
Baldwin Baldwin Pops, Inc Fairhope Baldwin Pops Outreach Concert Season Performing Arts $3,840.00
  John McClure Snook Youth Club of Foley Foley Arts Access Community Arts $9,000.00
Barbour Eufaula Heritage Association Eufaula The 51st Eufaula Pilgrimage Community Arts $3,000.00
Bibb Hendon E. Miller Brent Folk Pottery Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
Bullock Tourism of Bullock County-Red Door Theatre Union Springs Present 3 plays at the Red Door Theatre Community Arts $4,500.00
Calhoun City of Anniston Anniston Anniston Art Outings Visual Arts $5,250.00
Clarke Grove Hill Arts Council, Inc. Grove Hill Art Education Program Arts in Education $2,100.00
  Grove Hill Arts Council, Inc. Grove Hill Art Director's Salary Community Arts $4,500.00
Coffee Coffee County Arts Alliance Enterprise "The Second City" Community Arts $1,000.00
  Coffee County Arts Alliance Enterprise "The Official Blues Brothers Revue" Community Arts $1,460.00
Colbert City of Sheffield Sheffield SummerStock at the Ritz Community Arts $4,500.00
  Oka Kapassa Festival, Inc. Tuscumbia, Oka Kapassa--Sharing the Legends Community Arts $3,000.00
  Tennessee Valley Art Association Tuscumbia SummerStock Technical Enhancement Community Arts $4,500.00
Cullman Tina Ray Miller Arab Bluegrass/Old-Time Music Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
Dale City of Ozark/Leisure Services Division Ozark Ozark's Crawdad & Music Festival Community Arts $4,200.00
Dallas Ancient Africa, Enslavement & Civil War Museum Selma Martin Duty Calls Community Arts $3,000.00
  Arts Revive CDC Selma ArtsRevive's 14th Annual Art Exhibit Visual Arts $3,750.00
  Blackbelt Human Resource Development Center Selma Selma, the Musical Community Arts $3,000.00
DeKalb Mentone Area Arts Council Mentone Mentone Summer Music Series 2016 Community Arts $1,800.00
  Gary Waldrep Albertville Bluegrass/Old-Time Music Apprentices Folklife $2,000.00
Elmore William Hogan Wetumpka Shape Note Singing Apprenticeship Folklife $1,200.00
  McCraney-Cottle Arts Council Tallassee 2015-16 MCAC performing arts season Community Arts $1,070.00
Houston South Al. Symphony Association Inc. Dothan Music South Concert Series Performing Arts $3,600.00
  Southeast Alabama Dance Company Dothan Southeast Alabama Dance Expo 2016 Performing Arts $5,250.00
  The Cultural Arts Center Dothan ARTpower Community Arts $1,575.00
  Wiregrass Blues Society Dothan Wiregrass Blues Fest 2016 Folklife $3,500.00
  Wiregrass Museum of Art, Inc. Dothan Administrative Support- Development Visual Arts $3,750.00
  Wiregrass Museum of Art, Inc. Dothan Artist in Residency Pogram Visual Arts $5,250.00
Jackson Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville Alabama Ballet in Northeast Alabama Performing Arts $2,800.00
Jefferson Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation Birmingham Bangamela Dance Perfomance Performing Arts $3,000.00
Jefferson Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation Birmingham Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival Community Arts $3,000.00
  Alabama Music Teachers Association Gardendale Annual Conference Performing Arts $1,000.00
  American Gospel Quartet Convention Birmingham Quartet Music's Contibution Folklife $3,500.00
  AROVA Contemporary Ballet Vestavia Spring Performance Series Performing Arts $5,250.00
  Better Basics, Inc. Birmingham Maya Angelou, A One Woman Show Arts in Education $2,100.00
  Birmingham Chamber Music Society Mountain Brook Voces8 concert & master class Performing Arts $3,990.00
  Birmingham Chamber Music Society Mountain Brook Cynthia Raim & David Wehr, Piano Duo Performing Arts $5,250.00
  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham Juneteenth Cultural Festival Community Arts $3,000.00
  Birmingham Public Library Foundation Birmingham WORD UP! Student Poetry Slam Literary Arts $1,000.00
  Birmingham Public Library Foundation Birmingham Bards & Brews Literary Arts $1,200.00
  Jason E. Burns Birmingham Musical Instrument Making and Repair Folklife $2,000.00
  Foundation for Arts & Cultural Connections Birmingham Imagination Festival (IF) Community Arts $4,140.00
  Inglenook K-8 School Birmingham Visit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Arts in Education $2,100.00
  Magic City Choral Society Birmingham Master Chorale 2015-16 Season Performing Arts $1,500.00
  Magic City Smooth Jazz Birmingham Celebrating Women in Jazz Performing Arts $2,000.00
  Nathifa Dance Company and Outreach, Inc. Irondale Dance Africa Project/ Tour 2016 Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Over the Mountain Festivals Birmingham Bringing Joy to the Heart Through Music Performing Arts $2,860.00
  Sanspointe Dance Company Birmingham Moving Ground: 2016 Summer Tour Performing Arts $2,400.00
  Elnora Spencer Birmingham Blues Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  The Exceptional Foundation Homewood Youth Art Program Enhancement Community Arts $2,000.00
  UAB's Alys Stephens Center Birmingham Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater Performing Arts $5,250.00
  UAB's Alys Stephens Center Birmingham ASC presents Red Baraat Performing Arts $5,250.00
  Vulcan Park and Museum Birmingham Alabama Holocaust Survivor Experience Community Arts $1,000.00
  Your Town Alabama, Inc. Birmingham Annual Your Town AL Design Workshop Community Arts $2,800.00
Lauderdale Robert Muse Florence Banjo and Guitar Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  Shoals Symphony Orchestra Florence Honor Orchestra for High School Players Performing Arts $2,200.00
  Shoals Symphony Orchestra Florence Pirates of the Caribbean Concert Performing Arts $3,000.00
Lawrence Community Information & Education Radio Moulton Downtown Live! 2016 Community Arts $1,200.00
Lee Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, AU Auburn FACE TO FACE Exhibition Visual Arts $2,500.00
  Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, AU Auburn CAMERA LUCIDA/Juried exhibition Visual Arts $5,250.00
Madison Academy for Academics and Arts Huntsville English/Theatre Shakespeare Residency Arts in Education $3,380.00
  Alabama Educational Theatre Association Madison 2016 Alabama Thespian Festival Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Alabama Orchestra Association Huntsville Alabama All State Orchestra Festival Performing Arts $2,400.00
Madison Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre Huntsville The Dance Connection Outreach Program Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Ars Nova Incorporated Huntsville Ars Nova presents The Tales of Hoffmann Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Community Ballet Association, Inc. Huntsville Public Relations/Development Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Huntsville Chamber Music Guild Huntsville Choral Music Concert - Chanticleer Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Huntsville Chamber Music Guild Huntsville Emerson String Quartet in Concert Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Huntsville Community Chorus Association Huntsville Program support and performance Performing Arts $6,560.00
  Huntsville Literary Association Huntsville Amercian Shakespeare Center on Tour Performing Arts $4,900.00
  Huntsville Youth Orchestra Huntsville Enhancements to a series of concerts Performing Arts $4,200.00
  Huntsville Youth Orchestra Huntsville Improvements to TVMF (Music Camp) Performing Arts $4,200.00
  Independent Musical Productions, Inc. Huntsville Summer Production - "Mary Poppins" Performing Arts $5,250.00
  Elias N. Katsaros Huntsville Byzantine Iconography Folklife $2,000.00
  TWELFTH NIGHT, The Theatre Company Huntsville Shakespeare in the Summer - Macbeth Performing Arts $3,000.00
  Village of Promise Huntsville Spoken Word/Music Production Community Arts $4,500.00
Marengo Estella Jackson Demopolis White Oak Basketry Folklife $1,000.00
Marion Jerry Brown Hamilton Folk Pottery Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  City of Winfield Pastime Theatre Winfield Salary for Event Coordinator/Manager Community Arts $4,500.00
  City of Winfield Pastime Theatre Winfield 2016 Four-performance concert series Community Arts $6,000.00
Marshall Marshall Co Retired/Senior Volunteer Prgm Guntersville Melodies and Musings - Our Appalachian Community Arts $4,500.00
Mobile Bettie B. Champion Mobile Seafood Gumbo Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  Dauphin Island Foundation, Inc. Dauphin Island Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival Folklife $4,500.00
  Main Street Mobile Inc. Mobile Equino Visual Arts $3,750.00
  Mobile Arts Council Mobile Art as Business Community Arts $2,060.00
  Mobile Museum Board, Inc. Mobile African American Music Festival Community Arts $1,400.00
  Mobile Singing Children, Inc. Mobile Passport to Music 2016 Performing Arts $3,395.00
Monroe Alabama Southern Community College Monroeville 19th Annual Alabama Writers Symposium Literary Arts $3,000.00
Montgomery Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts Montgomery ACES for Students Arts in Education $5,250.00
  City of Montgomery (for NPSPA) Montgomery Art in the Afternoon in North Montgomery Visual Arts $4,100.00
  ClefWorks, Inc. Montgomery Sonic Escape Montgomery Performing Arts $2,800.00
  Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery Montgomery 2016 Alabama Made Exhibit Visual Arts $1,100.00
  Montgomery Symphony Association Montgomery Music Project Summer Camp Performing Arts $4,515.00
  Morningview Elementary School Montgomery After school photography Arts in Education $2,100.00
  Sudha Raghuram Montgomery Bharatanatyam Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  The Arts Council of Montgomery Montgomery ACES Community Arts $2,180.00
Morgan Decatur Youth Symphony, Inc. Decatur Decatur Youth Symphony admin support Performing Arts $2,980.00
Pike Brundidge Historical Society Brundidge PIKE Piddlers Storytelling Festival Folklife $4,500.00
  Troy Arts Council Troy Pike County Area Arts Programming Community Arts $5,085.00
  Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc. Troy Leonard: Interaction with Abstraction Visual Arts $5,250.00
  Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc. Troy ArtBridges Teacher Develop Workshops Arts in Education $5,250.00
Shelby Agnes M Pool Columbiana Quilting Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
Sumter Sumter County Fine Arts Council Livingston Legacy Concert: Black History Month Community Arts $500.00
  Sumter County Fine Arts Council Livingston BCT's performance of Tuxedo Junction Community Arts $825.00
  University of West Alabama Livingston The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival Folklife $2,220.00
Tallapoosa Alexander City Jazz Festival, Inc. Alexander City 2016 26th Annual Jazz Fest Community Arts $3,000.00
Tuscaloosa Alabama Blues Project Northport Summertime Blues Camp Folklife $4,500.00
  Sharon W. Bounds Northport Old-Time Fiddling Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  Community Foundation of West Alabama Tuscaloosa Black Warrior River Fiddle Festival Folklife $2,878.00
  Kentuck Museum Association Northport 2016 January Glass Exhibition Visual Arts $3,750.00
  The Cavell Trio Tuscaloosa Patter: A Cavell Trio Recording Project Performing Arts $2,475.00
  University of Alabama-English Department Tuscaloosa Slash Pine Writers Festival Literary Arts $1,800.00
Walker Walker County Arts Alliance Jasper Paint the Town Visual Arts $3,750.00
  Walker County Arts Alliance Jasper Summer Musical Theatre Camp Community Arts $4,500.00
Wilcox Marlene Bennett Jones Boykin Quilting Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  Emma Pettway Boykin Quilting Apprenticeship Folklife $2,000.00
  Mary Ann Pettway Alberta Quilting Apprenticeship Folklife $1,000.00




GRAND TOTAL $368,938.00

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants programs and provides technical assistance in arts planning and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



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