September 14, 2021

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

Alabama arts organizations receive over $800k in American Rescue Plan funds


Operating support grants awarded to creative sector through the Alabama Arts Recovery Program

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (September 14, 2021) At its September quarterly meeting in Jasper, Ala., the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded $814,100 in relief funding to 63 arts organizations across the state.

Federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan funded the Alabama Arts Recovery Program. This legislation provided funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, granting a portion to state arts agencies, including the Council on the Arts.

Alabama arts organizations are economic drivers, bringing tourism to communities and providing thousands of jobs statewide. As arts organizations return to providing in-person exhibitions, concerts, performances, readings, and programming to Alabamians, the Council on the Arts recognizes the need for financial support for various operating costs.

The Alabama Arts Recovery Program supports:

  • Full-time & part-time salaries; contract personnel/artist fees related to general operating
  • Facility costs
  • Health safety supplies for staff & public
  • Promotion & marketing of arts organizations re-opening to the public
  • Technology & equipment that supports arts organizations

“Throughout the pandemic, the Council has supported Alabama’s arts and culture sector through our grants. As arts organizations across the state safely reopen and return to in-person operations, we continue supporting recovery through the Alabama Arts Recovery Program,” said Dr. Elliot Knight, the Council’s Executive Director. “These federal funds will provide support for general operating costs and personnel, allowing organizations to continue providing artistic opportunities and creative experiences to our citizens and communities.” 

Additionally, the Council awarded $2.85 million in project grants and operating support for activities taking place between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. More grant awards will be announced in early December. The next grant application deadline is March 1, 2022, for individual artist fellowships and grants for planning, design, and construction of arts and cultural facilities.

For more information about the Alabama State Council on the Arts, visit arts.alabama.gov.

Organization

City

County

Award

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$20,000

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

$20,000

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Birmingham

Jefferson

$15,000

Alabama Orchestra Association

Huntsville

Madison

$15,000

Alabama Woodturners Association

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000

Andalusia Ballet Association

Andalusia

Covington

$15,000

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$10,000

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$20,000

Birmingham Boys Choir Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000

Black Belt Treasures

Camden

Wilcox

$20,000

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Decatur

Morgan

$10,000

CEPA Management Corp

Pell City

St. Clair

$10,000

Community Actors Studio Theatre

Anniston

Calhoun

$5,000

Community Ballet Association

Huntsville

Madison

$15,000

Dance Levels

Pinson

Jefferson

$15,000

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$15,000

Desert Island Supply Co.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$20,000

DRUM The Program

Montevallo

Chilton

$15,000

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$10,000

Encore Opera Theatre

Toney

Madison

$15,000

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater

Huntsville

Madison

$20,000

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$20,000

Huntsville Master Chorale

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000

Jemison Carnegie Foundation

Talladega

Talladega

$5,000

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$15,000

King's Canvas Gallery and Studio

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000

Klein Arts & Culture

Harpersville

Shelby

$15,000

M.E.O.W. Cares, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center

Huntsville

Madison

$15,000

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$20,000

Mobile Opera

Mobile

Mobile

$15,000

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000

Patti Rutland Jazz DBA Alabama Dance Works

Dothan

Houston

$10,000

Pride of Atmore

Atmore

Escambia

$5,000

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Decatur

Morgan

$15,000

Self Express Productions

Winfield

Marion

$5,000

Shelby County Arts Council

Columbiana

Shelby

$6,600

Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

Birmingham

Jefferson

$20,000

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre

Dothan

Houston

$10,000

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Jefferson

$20,000

Steel City Men’s Chorus

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000

Studio By The Tracks

Irondale

Jefferson

$20,000

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$20,000

The Actor's Charitable Theatre

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$15,000

The Arts Association of East Alabama

Opelika

Lee

$10,000

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery

Wetumpka

Elmore

$10,000

The Whole Backstage Theatre

Guntersville

Marshall

$5,000

Theatre Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000

Theatre of Gadsden

Gadsden

Etowah

$5,000

Tri-State Community Orchestra

Dothan

Houston

$15,000

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center

Troy

Pike

$10,000

Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$15,000

Tuscaloosa Symphony Association

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$20,000

Tuskegee Repertory Theatre

Tuskegee

Macon

$15,000

Ursula Smith Dance

Birmingham

Jefferson

$15,000

Vinegar

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,500

Walker County Arts Alliance

Jasper

Walker

$5,000

Walnut Gallery

Gadsden

Etowah

$20,000

Wetumpka Depot Players

Wetumpka

Elmore

$10,000

Winston County Arts Council

Arley

Winston

$10,000

Wiregrass Blues Society

Dothan

Houston

$20,000

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Dothan

Houston

$15,000

 

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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 grants are made possible by 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
334.242.5153
perri.hubbard@arts.alabama.gov



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