September 8, 2020

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

The Alabama State Council on the Arts Awards Grants Totaling $2,290,710 at its September Meeting


The Alabama State Council on the Arts has awarded 137 grants totaling $2,290,710 to 113 grantees across the state. Organizations providing public programs in arts education, folk arts, community arts, literary arts, dance, music, theatre, and visual art forms received support through this competitive process.

A number of these grants are provided to state-wide partners and organizations receiving operating support. These important institutions are cornerstones in the arts landscape of Alabama, reaching 1.7 million Alabamians and visitors to our state annually with arts programming.

Support for arts programming is critical for a vibrant creative community, which results in a thriving arts economy, a workforce ready for innovation, and a high quality of life for all residents. However, the needs of the arts sector are greater than the Council has the ability to fund, with the requested amount in this grant cycle totaling $4.3 million.

Funding for the Council on the Arts is provided by the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency. Chaired by Jim Harrison III of Tuscaloosa, the Council is comprised of 15 Governor-appointed members. The staff that administer the grants program also provide technical assistance in arts planning and programming, under the leadership of Executive Director Elliot Knight, PhD.

Jim Harrison stated, “The Council is pleased to support educational groups, community organizations and arts institutions with these approved grants. Funds awarded through the Council's granting process provide a better education for students, nourishing imagination and preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow. These important grants also strengthen cultural expression and attract new industry to our colorful and vibrant state."    

More grant awards will be announced in early December. The next deadline for grant applications is March 1 for individual artist fellowships and grants for planning, design, and construction of cultural facilities.

For more information about the Council, or grants that have been awarded, see arts.alabama.gov, or contact Barbara Reed, Public Information Officer at 334-242-5153.

Grantee Name

City

County

Grant

Title

Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, UAB

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,600

AEIVA A La Carte Exhibition

Alabama Alliance for Arts Education

Montgomery

Montgomery

$63,000

Statewide Services

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$5,700

Support for Executive Director's Salary

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$6,000

After-school & In-school Blues Programs

Alabama Conference of Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Theatre Festivals throughout Alabama

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

$11,200

Guest Curator Program

ADC / Fiscal Agent for Lindsey Renea Benton

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Dance On Screen Alabama

ADC / Fiscal Agent for Jellybean Dance Collective

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Where We Are Now

Alabama Dance Council

Birmingham

Jefferson

$63,000

Statewide Services

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

Montgomery

$18,400

Operating Support

Alabama Folklife Association

Mobile

Mobile

$53,000

Statewide Services

Alabama Korea Education Economic Partnership AKEEP

Montgomery

Montgomery

$4,500

Korean Folklore & Arts Workshop

Alabama Korea Education Economic Partnership AKEEP

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,700

A Blind Man's Devoted Daughter

Alabama Moving Image Association

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,300

Sidewalk LGBTQ Film Club

Alabama Educational Television Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Alabama Black Belt Blues

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Montgomery

$197,000

Operating Support

Alabama State University Foundation, BFA Dance

Montgomery

Montgomery

$12,000

BFA Virtual Dance Series

Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$155,000

Operating Support

Alabama Visual Arts Network

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,800

AL Arts Trail and Web site

Alabama Visual Arts Network

Montgomery

Montgomery

$15,000

Statewide Services

Alabama Writers' Forum, Inc

Montgomery

Montgomery

$63,000

Statewide Services

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre

Huntsville

Madison

$3,380

The Dance Connection

Alexander City Arts Inc

Alexander City

Tallapoosa

$1,000

Alexander City Arts 2020-21 Season

Andalusia Ballet Association

Andalusia

Covington

$3,000

"Lords A-Leaping"

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$17,500

Operating Support

Arts Revive-CDC

Selma

Dallas

$5,700

42nd Annual Tale Tellin' / 2nd Annual Blues

Auburn University Department of Music

Auburn

Lee

$3,000

Commissions: Celebrating Alabama Culture

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$6,500

Theater in Schools

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,550

Mask-Maker Scrap-Quilts

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,700

Sew-Op Building as Community Canvas

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$2,650

Rachel Barton Pine-concert & outreach

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$3,550

Sandbox Percussion-concert & outreach

Birmingham Children's Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$25,600

Operating Support

Birmingham International Educational Film Festival

Helena

Shelby

$2,000

"Another River to Cross" film phase 2

Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA)

Birmingham

Jefferson

$184,000

Operating Support

Black Belt Community Foundation

Selma

Dallas

$120,000

Black Belt Arts Initiative

Blackbelt Benefit Group

Selma

Dallas

$3,230

Art Jam 2020

Blackbelt Benefit Group

Selma

Dallas

$3,600

Salary Support 2020

Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville, Inc

Huntsville

Madison

$10,800

BTL's 20/21 Student Outreach Program

Butler County School System

Greenville

Butler

$4,000

Building a First-Class Tuba Program

Children's Dance Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$20,500

Operating Support

Coleman Center for the Arts

York

Sumter

$5,600

Coleman Center Exhibitions 2021

Community Ballet Association, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$6,000

HBC 2020/2021 COVID-19 Season

Community Ballet Association, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$6,500

Discover Dance Educational Programs

Community Theatre, Inc.

Florence

Lauderdale

$7,200

COVID Comeback Theatre Series

Dance All Productions / Fiscal Agent for INNERGY Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$1,400

Administrative Project

Dance All Productions / Fiscal Agent for INNERGY Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$1,500

New Moon Immersive Dance Project

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, Inc.

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$2,160

Visual Art Program Manager

Decatur Youth Symphony, Inc.

Decatur

Morgan

$6,000

Support for DYS Program Administration

Decatur Youth Symphony, Inc.

Decatur

Morgan

$7,200

Concert Series and Ensembles

Delta Resource Educational Association Mobile, Inc

Mobile

Mobile

$6,000

Alvin Ailey II Dance Theater

DesignAlabama, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$60,000

Statewide Services

DRUM the Program, Inc

Montevallo

Chilton

$2,640

West African Cultural After-School Prog

Eastern Shore Art Association, Inc.

Fairhope

Baldwin

$3,300

ESAC Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper

Eastern Shore Art Association, Inc.

Fairhope

Baldwin

$5,150

ESAC Virtual Arts Instruction

Etowah County Board of Education

Gadsden

Etowah

$6,500

School String Orchestra Program

Exposure Community Development Corporation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,700

ECDC Free Music Opportunity Classes

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater

Huntsville

Madison

$12,000

Support of 60th Season Programming

Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council, Inc.

Russellville

Franklin

$3,420

The Roxy's Christmas Spectacular

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc.

Gadsden

Etowah

$53,500

Operating Support

Gadsden Symphony Orchestra

Gadsden

Etowah

$10,900

It's Not for Anyone, It's for Everyone

Gulf Coast Steinway Society Inc

Mobile

Mobile

$2,100

Competition - Inspire Musical Excellence

Huntsville Chamber Music Guild

Huntsville

Madison

$4,500

2020-2021 Celebrity Concert Series

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$6,000

Support of Choral/Music Education Programs

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$5,700

Free Youth Percussion& Music Instruction

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville

Madison

$61,500

Operating Support

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$50,500

Operating Support

Huntsville Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$12,000

"A Season of Masterworks"

Inside Out Studio Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$4,480

Disability Arts Opportunities

Jefferson County Board of Education

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,520

Jefferson County Elem Music Festival

Jefferson County Board of Education

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,200

Arts on the Road

Judson College

Marion

Perry

$1,500

Ensemble Chaconne Shakespeare Concert

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$3,300

2020 Kentuck Festival - Program Artists

Little River Arts Council, Inc

Mentone

DeKalb

$1,420

Creative Spirit Market

Magic City Smooth Jazz

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Alabama Jazz Festival

Magic City Smooth Jazz

Birmingham

Jefferson

$12,000

Jazz in the Park Alabama

Main Street Alabama

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,850

Photography of Main Street Communities

Marshall County Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Guntersville

Marshall

$4,270

Melodies & Musings: Our Appalachian Legacy

Metropolitan Arts Center / Virginia Samford Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$28,500

Operating Support

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$5,600

E.O. Wilson Tribute Public Art Project

Mobile Ballet, Inc.

Mobile

Mobile

$23,800

Operating Support

Mobile Chamber Music

Mobile

Mobile

$6,600

Three Chamber Music Concerts and Outreach

Mobile International Festival

Mobile

Mobile

$5,700

Mobile International Festival

Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile

Mobile

$74,500

Operating Support

Mobile Opera. Inc.

Mobile

Mobile

$7,200

Mobile Opera's Intermezzo Season 2020-21

Mobile Symphony, Inc.

Mobile

Mobile

$46,000

Operating Support

Monroe County Heritage Museum (MCHM)

Monroeville

Monroe

$5,700

"Hiram Becoming Hank," a play with music

Montgomery Civic Ballet, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Administration Funding

Montgomery Civic Ballet, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,000

Bring Ballet to the People

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$118,600

Operating Support

Montgomery Symphony Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,000

Montgomery Music Project 2020-2021

Montgomery Symphony Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$21,000

Operating Support

Nathifa Dance Company and Outreach Inc

Birmingham

Jefferson

$9,000

"Welcome Nathifa Watoto" 

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Opera Birmingham Fall 2020 Concerts

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Opera Birmingham Commission - "Touch" Opera

Orange Beach High School

Orange Beach

Baldwin

$3,250

Original play: “The Gravedigger”

PaperWorkers Local

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,300

Part-time administrative assistance

PaperWorkers Local

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,600

Workshops, exhibits

Paul R Jones Museum (University of Alabama)

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$5,600

Paul R. Jones Museum Exhibitions 2020-21

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Troy

Pike

$4,500

Pioneer Days

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Decatur

Morgan

$11,400

Princess Theatre Fall/Winter Performance

Red Mountain Theatre Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,000

Human Rights New Works Festival 2021

Red Mountain Theatre Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$75,000

Operating Support

Saint Bernard Preparatory School

Cullman

Cullman

$5,700

4th Annual Bernard Blues & BBQ Festival

Sanspointe Dance Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,000

"To Soar" - A dance concert

Selma Dallas County Historic Preservation Society

Selma

Dallas

$5,700

Window Art on Historic YMCA

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$3,000

Honor Orchestra Festival

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$6,000

Holiday Classics Concert

Sloss Furnaces Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,800

Visiting Artist Residency

Sloss Furnaces Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,600

National Cast Iron Art Conference

Southeast Alabama Dance Company

Dothan

Houston

$12,000

SE AL Dance Company 2020-2021 Season

Space One Eleven (SOE)

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,600

Group Art Exhibition - Racial Injustice

Space One Eleven (SOE)

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,600

Art Education for Children and Youth

State of Alabama Ballet, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$54,100

Operating Support

Sylacauga Alliance For Family Enhancement

Sylacauga

Talladega

$2,500

Christmas Angels

The Arts Association of East Alabama

Opelika

Lee

$11,400

East Alabama Arts Performance Series

The Arts Council of Montgomery

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,990

Doing Our Own Thing (DOOT)

The Arts Council, Inc. dba Arts Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$25,000

Operating Support

The Cultural Arts Center

Dothan

Houston

$6,500

ARTSmart Henry County

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery

Wetumpka

Elmore

$3,300

Paint the Town

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery

Wetumpka

Elmore

$5,600

The Kelly Internship

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$6,000

Alabama Bound

The University of West Alabama

Livingston

Sumter

$3,000

The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival

Theatre Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$6,000

Administrative Salary Support

Theatre Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$6,000

Support for the 2020-21 Season

Theatre Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$12,000

Spreading Joy Season

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Troy

Pike

$2,400

Let's Rock! with Artist Enid Probst

Turtle Island Native American Association

Guntersville

Marshall

$1,200

Annual Pow Wow

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$12,000

TSO 2020-2021 Concert Season

Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc.

Tuskegee

Macon

$9,000

TRT Theatre Production & Broadcast

Valiant Cross Academy

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,500

Art Enrichment Provided by King's Canvas

Valley Arts and Entertainment, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$1,500

General office administrative support

Valley Arts and Entertainment, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$2,900

Kandace Springs in Concert

Vulcan Park Foundation DBA Vulcan Park and Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,400

Digital Dramatic Performance Videos

Wilson Hall Middle School

Grove Hill

Clarke

$2,400

Artful Fridays