July 23, 2020

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

“Support the Arts” License Tag Committee Awards Grants Totaling $66,000 at its July Meeting

The Alabama Arts License Tag Committee awarded 20 grants totaling $66,000 during a teleconference meeting on July 15, 2020. This round of grants will support arts in education, community arts, literature, folklife, performing, and visual arts programs July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020.

The Committee makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, arts organizations, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups according to the Distinctive License Tags and Plates Legislation. Funds generated by the purchase of the “Support the Arts” license tag greatly benefit arts activities throughout our state.

The recent grants are in response to applications submitted under the June 15, 2020 deadline and represent the second round of grants awarded in the 2020 fiscal year. Dr. Henry Panion III of Birmingham chairs the 6-member Committee which includes: Andy Meadows of Birmingham, Cynthia Thrash of Opelika, Jane Kohl of Guntersville, Donna Russell of Montgomery, and Allison Dillon-Jauken of Huntsville. Committee members are appointed from all regions of the state so there is a geographic representation statewide.

Committee members are appointed according to directives in the legislation mentioned and meet twice annually. The primary responsibility of the Committee is to make decisions on grants awarded that support art programs, and arts education throughout the state.

Committee members serve on a voluntary basis and one member is appointed by each of the following organizations or individuals: the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alliance Arts Alliance, the State Department of Education, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Alabama citizens may obtain one of these specialty license tags when renewing their auto plate at their county’s Probate Judge's Office. The Support the Arts license tag can be personalized at no additional fee. By purchasing the arts specialty tag, patrons not only show off a colorful tag, they promote the importance of funding the arts statewide.

For more information about a particular grant, contact Donna Russell, Executive Director or the Alabama Arts Alliance at 334-269-1435 or drussell@alartsalliance.org.

Organization

County

City

 Amount Approved

Project

Alabama Writers Forum 

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Folklife Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

DesignAlabama

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Dance Council

Jefferson

Birmingham

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Arts Alliance

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama State Dept. of Education

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Craft Council, now known as Alabama Visual Arts Network

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $5,000.00

 Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Communities of Excellence

Montgomery

Montgomery

 $2,500.00

 "Community Seeds"

Academy of Academics and Art

Madison

Huntsville

 $2,500.00

 "Technology in Dance Production"

Independent Musical Productions, Inc

Madison

Huntsville

 $2,500.00

 "Newsies"

Paul W. Bryant High School

Tuscaloosa

Cottondale

 $1,000.00

"Photography Lighting"

Alma Bryant High School

Mobile

Irvington

 $2,500.00

 "Utopian Weave"

DanceAll Productions

Madison

Huntsville

 $2,500.00

 "Creative Natives Young Choreographer's Forum"

Centre for the Living Arts, DBA Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

 $2,500.00

 "Socially-distant Educational Opportunities"

Your Town Alabama

Jefferson

Birmingham

 $2,500.00

 "Three-day Workshop for Rural and Underserved Communities"

Selma Dallas County Historic Preservation

Dallas

Selma

 $2,500.00

 "Ceramic Art Program"

Mobile Ballet

Mobile

Mobile

 $2,500.00

 "Discover Dance"

Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement

Talladega

Sylacauga

 $2,500.00

 "Musical Theatre Education Program"

Orange Beach High School

Baldwin

Orange Beach

 $2,500.00

 "WE THE PEOPLE"

Valley Arts and Entertainment

Madison

Huntsville

 $2,500.00

 "Music technology workshop and performance"


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