September 3, 2021

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

New Design of "Support the Arts" License Plate Now Available

New Design of Support the Arts License Plate Now Available 

Benefit the arts in your community – over $2 million in grants administered to date

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (September 3, 2021) — Alabama’s Support the Arts distinctive license plate has been redesigned and is now available through vehicle licensing offices statewide. The new plate features a colorful bottle tree on a painted landscape background and was designed by Alabama artist Bethanne Hill.

Since 2004, the plate has generated over $2 million in grants for Alabama’s arts programs, benefiting over 65 organizations, schools, and communities. Small contributions can sometimes have the biggest impact: The cost for the license plate is $50 annually, and net proceeds directly support arts organizations, education programs, and communities across the state.  

About the design
A primary feature in many gardens across the South, the bottle tree takes to the road along with the Support the Arts license plate. A native of Alabama, Bethanne Hill has lived and worked full-time as a painter and illustrator in Birmingham for many years. Her work is known for bold, stylized, southern landscapes, thick with animals, foliage, barns, and bottle trees.

Hill chose a bottle tree as the focal point of her design, stating that her “love of Alabama folklife and folklore” inspired her to paint the symbol of protection. Purchasing a Support the Arts plate shows commitment and support to the arts and artists of Alabama.

How to get a Support the Arts license plate

  • Take your current license plate or tag registration renewal form into your local probate or vehicle licensing office
  • Tell the clerk that you want the Support the Arts license plate
  • Pay your regular vehicle registration plus an additional $50
  • The plate can be personalized with up to six alphanumeric characters at no additional cost
  • For more information on fees and personalization, visit revenue.alabama.gov

Alabama Arts License Tag grant program
A six-person volunteer committee governs the Arts License Tag grant program and seeks to promote the arts in Alabama, focusing on arts education. Through the program, proceeds from the sale of the Support the Arts license plate are used to fund arts programs, organizations, and activities across the state. Nonprofit organizations and schools can apply for Arts License Tag grant funding at arts.alabama.gov.

“I am looking forward to renewing my Support the Arts plates and having this design on my vehicles! The proceeds from the sale of these plates have made and will continue to make an impact on the arts, arts education, and culture of our state,” said Donna Russell, Executive Director of the Alabama Arts Alliance and member of the Arts License Tag advisory committee.

Alabama residents are encouraged to join the effort to fund the arts by purchasing a Support the Arts plate for their vehicle. More information at revenue.alabama.gov.

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About Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Council on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The Council works to expand and preserve the state’s cultural resources by supporting nonprofit arts organizations, schools, colleges, units of local government, and individual artists. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism, and overall quality of life in all regions of the state. Alabama State Council on the Arts receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


 

Press contact:
Perri Hubbard
Communications & Public Relations
Alabama State Council on the Arts 
334.242.5153
perri.hubbard@arts.alabama.gov




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