June 11, 2020

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

Alabama Receives $1,104,900 in Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama State Council on the Arts announces $1,104,900 in grants awarded to organizations in Alabama from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In total, the federal arts agency awarded over $84 million for 1,143 new grants to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. Grants were awarded in 13 artistic disciplines, arts research, and partnership agreements with all U.S. state and regional arts agencies.   

Applications for these recommended grants were submitted to the Arts Endowment last summer and reflected the wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities that the agency has traditionally funded. This funding of activities supports goals of the Endowment to provide diverse forms of the arts to every American. Grants awarded reflect the second quarter of the NEA’s regular grantmaking cycle and are separate from grants related to CARES Act funding. 

At the end of March 2020, the listed projects were approved, followed by two months of extensive technical assistance in which agency staff worked one-on-one with hundreds of organizations to adjust their projects to meet the new reality created by the pandemic. Changes include postponing activities and  adapting arts activities and programming to be delivered virtually. As a result of this, plus additional work related to the CARES Act, project descriptions are not being included in the grant listings. The most current information for all projects is available at:  www.arts.gov.  

These awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their doors for months” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts can heal and unite us.” 

Dr. Elliot Knight, Executive Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), said, “The National Endowment for the Arts support is vital to enriching Alabama’s communities and expanding the quality of life for its citizens. These federal funds support arts education activities, arts projects, folklife, as well as programming in diverse artistic disciplines throughout the state. Alabama will greatly benefit from this federal investment in the arts.” Federal funds are combined with additional funding appropriated by the Alabama Legislature and are re-granted to over 200 organizations annually across Alabama. The return on investment is significant and helps leverage additional funding from individuals and the private sector. Businesses considering a move into Alabama seek an active and vibrant arts community. Research has proven that artistic exposure and involvement stimulates minds and offers different methods of solving problems. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of their educational and life experiences. Every grant that Alabama makes at the state level is a reflection of the national effort to make the arts available to all of our citizens. The Alabama State Council on the Arts is proud to work with its federal partner, expanding the benefit of the arts.  

Dr. Knight went on to add, “In addition to applying for grants offered by ASCA, we encourage arts organizations throughout Alabama to stay informed about the National Endowment for the Arts grant programs and to submit applications directly to the Arts Endowment to seek support for future endeavors.  

Number of Grants Awarded in Alabama: 7     Total Dollar Amount: $1,104,900  

Auburn University Main Campus - $45,000  
Auburn, AL           Art Works - Visual Arts  

Magic City Smooth Jazz - $10,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works - Music  
 
Space One Eleven, Inc. - $20,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works - Visual Arts  

State of Alabama Ballet, Inc. (aka Alabama Ballet) - $10,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works - Dance  

University of Alabama at Birmingham - $100,000  
Birmingham, AL           Research Grants in the Arts - Research  

Arts Council, Inc. - $100,000  
Huntsville, AL           Art Works - Arts Education  

Alabama State Council on the Arts - $819,900  
Montgomery, AL          Partnership - State & Regional  

The National Endowment for the Arts’ State & Regional Partnership grants enables agencies such as the Alabama State Council on the Arts to respond to needs identified through public planning undertaken with their constituents, partners, and stakeholders. This investment in locally-determined priorities extends federal reach and impact, translating national leadership into local benefit. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more. 

About the Alabama State Council on the Arts 

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Dr. Elliot Knight, administers the grants programs, produces arts events, and provides technical assistance in arts planning and implementation. The Council receives funding 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 334-242-5153 or visit our website: www.arts.alabama.gov.     
 



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