June 8, 2018

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

ASCA Announces $243,000 in Fellowships and Cultural Facilities Grants

      Montgomery, Ala. – At its June quarterly meeting in Montgomery, the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded fifteen (15) fellowship grants including one arts administration fellowship totaling $75,000, and eight (8) Arts and Cultural Facilities grants totaling $168,000 for a grand total of $243,000. Fellowships are awarded to individual artists and recognize artistic excellence, professional commitment and maturity and contribute to the further development of the artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Arts and cultural facilities grants are awarded for planning, design or construction of an arts space. All projects must involve top professionals with demonstrated expertise in urban and/or community-planning, architecture, landscape design or historic preservation. This round of grants will support activity taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

      The arts and cultural facilities grant program provides support to organizations large and small in an effort to enhance spaces for arts creation and presentation. In all cases where a grant is awarded, evidence of community support is a key element. Al Head, Executive Director of the Council said, “Since the inception of the program for cultural facilities, the Council has provided support for important projects in communities representing a wide range of the state. This year’s support includes the communities of Huntsville, Guntersville, Birmingham, Athens, Mobile and York. All of these facility oriented projects reflect important initiatives that enhance spaces where arts programming will impact the community and surrounding area.”

      Fellowships are grants awarded to outstanding individual artists from Alabama who create important works of art and make valuable contributions to the entire state. Joel T. Daves IV, Chairman of the Council emphasized, “Our state is fortunate to have so many artists from every artistic discipline producing works of the highest caliber.”

      Fellowships are given to individuals working in arts administration, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre, visual arts and crafts. These awards recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers. 

      These grants are in response to applications submitted under a March 1, 2018 deadline and are awarded for the 2019 fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018 and extending through September 30, 2019.

      Joel T. Daves IV of Mobile chairs the 15-member Council which makes final decisions on all grants awarded. The next deadline for the submission of fellowship and arts and cultural facilities applications is March 1, 2019. For more information, visit www.arts.alabama.gov.

County

Grantee

City

Description

Discipline

Grant

Blount

Tina Mozelle Braziel

Remlap

Literary Arts Fellowship

Literary Arts

$5,000.00

Coffee

Roberta Lynn Ledbetter

Enterprise

Media / Photography Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Etowah

Bo McGuire

Gadsden

Media / Photography Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Birmingham

Carver Theatre Renovation

Design Arts

$60,000.00

Jefferson

Douglas Pierre Baulos

Irondale

Visual Arts Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson 

Belinda George-Peoples

Birmingham

Music Fellowship

Performing Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson 

Catherine Rye Gilmore

Birmingham

Arts Administration Fellowship

Community Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson

Dolores Hydock

Irondale

Theatre Fellowship

Performing Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson 

Ashley M. Jones

Birmingham

Literary Arts Fellowship

Literary Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson 

Red Mountain Theatre Company

Birmingham

RMTC Arts Collaboratory

Design Arts

$20,000.00

Jefferson

Jamorris Rivers

Birmingham

Dance Fellowship

Performing Arts

$5,000.00

Jefferson

Lillis Taylor

Birmingham

Craft Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Lee

Wei Wang

Auburn

Graphic Design Fellowship

Design Arts

$5,000.00

Lee

Courtney Windham

Auburn

Graphic Design Fellowship

Design Arts

$5,000.00

Limestone

Athens-Limestone Public Library Found

Athens

Performance Pavilion for ALPLF

Design Arts

$10,000.00

Madison

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater

Huntsville

New Home for Fantasy Playhouse

Design Arts

$27,000.00

Madison

The Arts Council, Inc. dba Arts Huntsville

Huntsville

Moon Performing Arts Center Reno

Design Arts

$30,000.00

Marshall

Marshall Co Retired Senior Vol Program

Guntersville

Appalachia Folk Art Gathering

Design Arts

$10,000.00

Mobile

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Performing Arts Center

Design Arts

$5,000.00

Mobile

Rene Culler

Mobile

Craft Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Shelby

Scott Meyer

Montevallo

Visual Arts Fellowship

Visual Arts

$5,000.00

Sumter

Coleman Center for the Arts

York

Coleman Center Planning Grant

Design Arts

$6,000.00

Tuscaloosa

Osiris J. Molina

Northport

Music Fellowship

Performing Arts

$5,000.00





Grand Total

$243,000.00

ARTS & CULTURAL FACILITIES GRANTS 

      Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham was awarded $60,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant funding the renovation of the Carver Theatre. This renovated space in downtown Birmingham’s theatre district will help to foster, encourage, educate and cultivate an appreciation of the medium of jazz music as a legitimate, original and distinctive art form indigenous to America.

      Arts Huntsville in Huntsville was awarded $30,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for The Moon Performing Arts Center renovation. This planned space is an adaptive re-use project and the campus also includes a library and a theatre. The current director has experience in renovating a theatre. This space will serve 15,000 children and impact the entire region through performances, camps, gatherings and recreation.

      Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation in Athens was awarded $10,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for a performance pavilion. This planned space will enhance the facilities, its collections and programs of the library and community.

      Azalea City Center for the Arts in Mobile was awarded $5,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for the design phase of a performing arts center. This organization and this proposed performing arts center will provide educational programs to all students regardless of race, disability, background, or ability in the performance of music, drama, and dance.

      Coleman Center for the Arts in York was awarded $6,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for a design plan for the center. The Coleman Center for the Arts fosters positive social change, answers civic needs, builds local pride and uses creativity for community problem solving. The center nurtures and facilitates partnerships between artists and community. Their mission is to integrate contemporary art into education, civic life, and community development throughout our region.

      Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre in Huntsville was awarded $27,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for a new home for the Fantasy Playhouse. This non-profit is serving a 3rd generation of Alabamians as a gateway to theatre arts and arts education. This new home is vital for the production of live children’s theatre and having it serve as an academy for young theatre artists. The Fantasy Playhouse partners with schools to provide after-school theatre classes and theatre arts access to underserved communities.

      Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Guntersville were awarded $10,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for the construction of the Southern Appalachia Folk Art Gathering Place. This space will serve and impact the community in a positive way. The new facility will serve its Lifelong Learning Academy and provide new opportunities each season to keep the mind active. The new space will offer activities such as crafting, history, music, and much more. 

      Red Mountain Theatre Collaboratory in Birmingham was awarded $20,000 in an art & cultural facilities grant for construction of a theatre. This new space will collectively put activities under one roof. The Red Mountain Theatre’s mission is to create powerful theatre experiences that enrich, educate and engage audiences – nurturing the human spirit, fostering valuable life skills and cultivating a deeper sense of community.

     FELLOWSHIPS 

      Douglas Pierre Baulos of Irondale was awarded a visual arts fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Baulos uses local found materials for his work that makes a strong and significant connection to Alabama. He has helped to cultivate the artistic community in Alabama and provide opportunities for emerging artists in Birmingham, and throughout the state. His work is held in numerous permanent collections.

      Tina Mozelle Braziel of Remlap was awarded a literary arts fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Tina Mozelle Brazil is the director of University of Alabama Birmingham’s Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.  In 2017, she won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry for her Book Known by Salt (forthcoming from Anhinga Press).  Her poetry is rooted in Alabama and is notable for its compassion, clarity and beauty.

      Rene Culler of Mobile was awarded a craft fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Culler’s work often reflects the plants of Alabama’s delta and its natural resources. Her work in glass can be found in the permanent collections of museums such as the American Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Mobile Museum of Art, the National Museum of Glass; Spain, the Glass Furnace, Istanbul and Namseoul University, South Korea.

      Culler founded the Glass Program at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She was its program coordinator from 2010-2017.

      Belinda George-Peoples of Birmingham was awarded a music fellowship in the amount of $5,000. George-Peoples is an accomplished musician with a highly credible performance history and level of professional attainment. Her work as a vocal stylist demonstrates excellence in the quality of tone, technique, diction, intonation and interpretation.

      Catherine Rye Gilmore of Birmingham was awarded an arts administrative fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Gilmore is a seasoned arts administrator with more than 40 years of experience. Her career in arts administration started as managing director of the Alabama Ballet and as the first executive director of Birmingham Broadway series. She has been the executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council since 2001 and serves as President and CEO of the Virginia Samford Theatre.

      Dolores Hydock of Irondale was awarded a theatre fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Hydock is an accomplished storyteller. Her performances are lively and engaging and demonstrate her range as an actress in the roles she creates. Hydock demonstrates dynamic vocal control over the written word, and a studied versatility in movement and expression as an actor.

      Ashley M. Jones of Birmingham was awarded a literary arts fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Birmingham poet Ashley M. Jones is on the creative writing faculty at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her first book Magic City Gospel won the Silver Medal in Poetry from the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2017.  Her work has been praised for its freshness, power and innovation.

      Roberta Lynn Ledbetter of Enterprise was awarded a media/photography fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Ledbetter served as teacher in the state for many years but is now focusing on her own artistic endeavors. Her work demonstrates that she is engaged with her portrait subjects and invested in this particular body of work. Her audio components add complexity and immediacy because it brings actual voices of the subjects in a way that strengthens the portraits and provides the viewer with a more complex understanding.

      Bo McGuire of Gadsden was awarded a media/photography fellowship in the amount of $5,000. His work as a screenwriter and filmmaker demonstrates complex character development. His complicated interplay between the narrative and documentary shows international potential.

      Scott Meyer of Montevallo was awarded a visual arts fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Meyer’s sculptural work has an international reach. His sculpture work reflects comfort with the materials he uses and that he bold and willing to take chances and experiment. Meyer’s service to the state is strong, both at Montevallo, as well as to the larger Alabama artistic community.

      Osiris J. Molina of Northport was awarded a music fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Molina demonstrates a command of the clarinet in technique appropriate for the both the instrument and for the styles of music. His performances showcase his mastery of a wide range of complex rhythms that are executed with proper intonation and sensitivity towards phrasing.

      Jamorris Rivers of Birmingham was awarded a dance fellowship in the amount of $5,000.  Rivers choreography demonstrates a high level of artistry and he creates performances that arouse a strong response within the viewer. His work shows inventive movement and the exploration of that movement through thematic materials. His creative voice is shown in the layers of his choreographic texture.

      Lillis Taylor of Birmingham was awarded a craft fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Taylor is an accomplished quilter with a high level of community involvement through her community-based quilting activities. This fellowship will expand her artistic accomplishments and allow continuing influence on cultivating other artists in the Birmingham area.

      Wei Wang of Auburn was awarded a graphic design fellowship in the amount of $5,000. His purpose as an app designer is to track eye movement for user-centered design research. Wang is a full-time graphic design professor at Auburn University and is pursuing a PhD in Design Sciences. This fellowship will allow further research to fully incorporate eye tracking into the interactive design process.

      Wang has designed websites and worked as design consultant for many clients in the United States and overseas, including Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, McDonald's, Bank of Tennessee, DesignAlabama, NASA, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), and AAF (American Architectural Foundation).

      His design work has been published in Global Corporate Identity 2 and he is also the recipient of many major interactive design awards, including a Gold Addy Award and Best of Show: Interactive from the Montgomery Advertising Federation, the 2005, 2007, 2008 Horizon International Interactive Design Award, 2007 Summit International Creative Awards, 38th Annual UCDA Design Award and the most recent, 2008 Interactive Media Award (IMA).

      Courtney Windham of Auburn was awarded a graphic design fellowship in the amount of $5,000. Windham teaches courses in Interactive Media, Kinetic Typography, Package Design, and Branding. Prior to teaching at Auburn, she was a designer in Atlanta, Georgia where she specialized in corporate identity and branding, marketing, web design and information design. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been published in Print Magazine, HOW Magazine, Creative Quarterly Journal, LogoLounge Vol 9, Graphis Design Annual, & GDUSA Magazine.   

      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 financial 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.

      For more information, please contact Barbara Reed at 334-242-4076, ext. 223 or visit our website: www.arts.alabama.gov.                   

     

 



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