December 3, 2021

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

Over $1.1 Million in grants awarded to Alabama arts organizations

Announcing project grant recipients, Folk Arts apprentices, and a new Council member

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (December 3, 2021) — At its December quarterly meeting in Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 182 grants totaling $1,161,580 to 148 organizations and individuals 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. Some of these grants will support new and innovative public offerings and educational programs, while others will emphasize artistic traditions through the implementation of festivals, concerts, exhibitions, artist residencies, and workshops.

“The Council is pleased to support educational groups, community organizations, and arts institutions with these grants,” said Council Chair Jim Harrison III (Tuscaloosa). “Funds awarded through our granting process strengthen cultural expression, enhance our vibrant state’s creative economy, and improve the quality of life for all Alabamians.”

Additionally, 15 individuals were awarded Folk Arts Apprenticeships. The program is designed to preserve and pass on Alabama’s traditional arts. The grants are presented to artists looking to teach their skills to students or apprentices who want to apply to work with a particular folk artist. These awards have consistently had a tremendous impact, not only by continuing important cultural expressions within communities but also by providing valuable artistic training for individuals and contributing to Alabama’s creative economy. Among the grant recipients this year are artists working in craft traditions including quilting, white oak basketry, pine needle basketry, piñata making, chair caning, and pottery, and also performance traditions such as Old-time fiddling, Yoruba drumming, and Vietnamese Lion Dance.

For many years, recipients of the Folk Arts Apprenticeships have showcased our state’s vibrant and diverse cultural traditions. Through this program, the Council recognizes the value of traditional arts apprenticeship training and helps preserve and pass on the living traditions that make Alabama unique.

“The Council is steadfast in promoting arts organizations at the forefront of creative thinking and innovation, as well as the traditional cultural arts that are an important part of our shared history,” said Dr. Elliot Knight, the Council’s executive director.

The next grant application deadline is March 1, 2022, for individual artist fellowships and grants for planning, design, and construction of cultural facilities. The application portal will open on January 1, 2022. The next deadline for organizations to apply for funding for projects will be June 1, 2022, and the application portal will open on April 1, 2022.

Governor Ivey appoints new Council member
During the December meeting, the Council also acknowledged Mary Wadsworth White (Florence). After six years of service to the Council on the Arts, Mrs. White chose not to seek reappointment when her term concludes at the end of 2021. The Council thanked her for her service and recognized her many contributions as an arts advocate.

“I have loved learning about all the programs and projects the Council has supported through the years and being a small part of the future of the arts here,” said Mrs. White. 

Governor Kay Ivey recently appointed Dr. Ramona Hyman (Harvest) to the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Beginning January 1, 2022, Dr. Hyman will serve a six-year term on the agency’s governing board. In addition to the new appointment, four current Council members were confirmed for six more years of service. The terms for Julie Friedman (Fairhope), Kim Vice Mitchell (Decatur), Dr. Henry Panion III (Birmingham), and Ceil Jenkins Snow (Birmingham) run through 2027. Also noteworthy is the selection of Council officers for 2022 – Dr. Panion as chair, Mrs. Lisa Weil as vice-chair, and Ms. Snow as secretary. They will serve in these roles through 2023.

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

The grants below are in response to applications submitted under a September 1, 2021 deadline and will support projects and programming between January 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022.

Organization

City

County

Amount

Project

Alabama Arts Alliance

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

A Fresh Start: Using the Arts to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Reintegrate into the Community

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,300.00

Salary Support

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,800.00

After-school and In-school Blues Programs

Alabama Conference of Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Training for Alabama Theatres

Alabama Dance Council

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

The Alabama Industry Dance Performance Residency

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,000.00

"Chance to Dance" Community Days

Alabama Educational Television Foundation Authority

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Monograph - a digital series about Alabama’s arts & culture

Alabama Folklife Association

Mobile

Mobile

$2,300.00

Engaging 4th Graders in Alabama Folklife

Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

ACES (Arts Connections Enhance Success) For Students

Alabama Orchestra Association

Huntsville

Alabama

$7,400.00

Alabama All State Orchestra Festival 2022

Alabama Rivers Alliance

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Southern Exposure Film Series Program

Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,900.00

Jenny Fine Waterways Exhibition and Performance @ Alabama School of Fine Arts

Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,300.00

Artworks @ The DJD Professional Performance Series

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,900.00

Community Reads Series

Alabama Visual Arts Network

Huntsville

Madison

$4,500.00

Virtual Program Support

Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership [A-KEEP]

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

International Art of Quilts made by Korean and Alabama Artists

Ars Nova School of the Arts

Huntsville

Madison

$15,600.00

Music:  A Bridge Uniting Us

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$2,100.00

Alabama Clarinet & String Quartet Works: A Recording Project

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,800.00

Flow Tuscaloosa: Lantern Parade & Workshops

ArtsRevive CDC

Selma

Dallas

$7,800.00

Programming Director Internship

ASU Foundation (BFA DANCE)

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

Administrative Assistance, BFA Dance Community Series & Summer Camp

Auburn Knights Alumni Association

Auburn

Lee

$2,300.00

92nd Auburn Knights Jazz Orchestra Reunion

Auburn University Montgomery, Dept. of English and Philosophy

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,400.00

Four Mondays of Poetry

Ave Maria Grotto

Cullman

Cullman

$2,500.00

Restoration of Brother Joseph Zoettl's artwork

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$5,000.00

Broadway Artists Master Class Weekend

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

The March Quilts 8: A(MEND) + Multi-site exhibition

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Website re-design

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$12,600.00

Birmingham Chamber Music Society 2021-22 Season Series

Birmingham City Schools/Norwood Elementary

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Residency at Norwood Elementary

Birmingham Festival Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

BFT's 49th Season

Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Installation of Sculpture for Sunrise Rotary Plaza

Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Creation of the Sunrise Rotary Plaza

Black Belt Workshop Incorporated

Greensboro

Hale

$5,000.00

Black Belt Biennial Exhibition

Black Belt Workshop Incorporated

Greensboro

Hale

$15,600.00

Hale County Quilt Guild

Brundidge Historical Society

Brundidge

Pike

$5,000.00

Pike Piddler's Storytelling Festival

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Decatur

Morgan

$5,000.00

Fill in the Blank

Centre for the Living Arts, DBA Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

$7,800.00

2022 Independent Project Program Exhibitions at ACAC

Charles Henderson High Theatre Program

Troy

Pike

$4,000.00

Performance of "Into the Woods" @ Charles Henderson High School

City of Auburn

Auburn

Lee

$6,200.00

Adventures in Art Gees Bend and the Architecture of Rural Alabama

City of Selma

Selma

Dallas

$7,800.00

Selma Arts & History Community Mural Project

City of Sheffield

Sheffield

Colbert

$7,800.00

SummerStock at the Ritz 2022

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

Marion

$5,000.00

Salary Support

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

Marion

$15,600.00

2022 Concert Season

ClefWorks

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

Spring Chamber Music Festival

Clotilda Descendants Association

Mobile

Mobile

$5,000.00

 Voyage of the Clotilda and the Subsequent Founding of Africatown

Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

3 Productions, 2022 Mainstage Season

Coffee County Arts Alliance

Enterprise

Coffee

$7,800.00

CCAA Season #48 Piney Woods Arts Festival

Coffee County Arts Alliance

Enterprise

Coffee

$10,000.00

3-Performance series Miller, Houston, & Shakespeare

Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation (Belle Monte Mansion)

Sheffield

Colbert

$3,900.00

Performances by Celtic musicians at historic Belle Mont Mansion: "Belle Mont Celtic Fest"

Create Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

The Business of Creating Workshop Series

Dance All Productions

Huntsville

Madison

$7,800.00

Artistic Strategist Support

Dance Levels

Pinson

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Journey to Africa Dance Production

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$7,800.00

Associate Director

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$7,800.00

Dauphin Island Native American Festival

DRUM The Program

Montevallo

Shelby

$5,900.00

DRUM The Program 3rd Annual Juneteenth Youth Summer Camp 2022 and Parnell Library Theater Exhibition

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$5,000.00

New Printmaking Program at ESAC

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$7,800.00

Award for ESAC Annual Outdoor Art Show

Elba City Schools

Elba

Coffee

$2,300.00

Lion King Jr. @ Elba High School

Encore Opera Theatre

Toney

Madison

$5,000.00

Administrative Funding

Encore Opera Theatre

Toney

Madison

$7,800.00

L'Elisir d'Amore - April 2022

Encore School of Arts and Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$15,600.00

A Season of Change: 2022 Spring Theatre Season

Eufaula Heritage Association

Eufaula

Barbour

$5,500.00

Music for the 55th Eufaula Pilgrimage

Exposure Community Development Corporation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

ECDC Free Summer Camp

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater

Huntsville

Madison

$7,800.00

Support of New FPCTA Artistic Director Staff Position

Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,700.00

Magic City Art Connection's Imagination Festival (MCAC/IF)

Foundation for New Media Inc.

Birmingham

Shelby

$7,800.00

Alabama Black Belt Blues

Fountain of Life Community Development Corporation

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

ArtsRevive: Fountain of Life Multi-Cultural Arts Program

Gadsden Museum of Art

Gadsden

Etowah

$2,800.00

Gadsden Museum of Art 2022 Exhibits:  Melissa Yes "Finches" and Jenny Fine "Synchronized Swimmers"

Girls Rock Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Girls Rock Birmingham Camp and Workshops

History Museum of Mobile

Mobile

Mobile

$3,800.00

African American Music Festival

Huntsville Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000.00

The Tennessee Valley Music Festival presents "Spectrum"

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000.00

Performances of "Sound of Music"

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$7,800.00

2021-22 Choral Concert Series

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$7,800.00

Percussion instruction for all ages

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Huntsville

Madison

$3,600.00

Music for Healing

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Huntsville

Madison

$4,600.00

Nature Themed Art Exhibit

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$6,100.00

HSO Presents "The Fourth Wall": Music by BIPOC Composers, for Vocalists and Chamber Orchestra

I Am My Brother's Keeper (IAMBK)

Auburn

Lee

$3,700.00

Reimagining Possibilities Through the Arts - Dance, Music, and Art classes for Afterschool Youth

IMPHuntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000.00

Developing Executive Director Position

INNERGY Inc

Mobile

Mobile

$7,800.00

New Moon Performance Series: An Immersive Project

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

Auburn

Lee

$7,800.00

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

Auburn

Lee

$7,800.00

Alabama Artists Series: John Paul White

Jemison Carnegie Foundation

Talladega

Talladega

$4,000.00

Local Artists Spotlights - Virtual Programming

Jemison Carnegie Foundation

Talladega

Talladega

$7,800.00

Arts Camp for Kids 2022

Jubilee Community Center

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,200.00

Shivaratri Dance Festival-a showcase of dances from around the world.

Kennedy Douglass Art Center Volunteers

Florence

Lauderdale

$15,600.00

Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit and related art workshops, storytelling events and speakers.

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$7,800.00

Kentuck's 2022 Workshops: Art Experiences for Everyone

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$7,800.00

Kentuck's 2022 Art Night, Exhibitions & Additional Community Outreach

King's Canvas Gallery and Studio

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,500.00

The King’s Canvas Local Artists Retreat

KingsKids Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Arts for Expression (Drama and Crafts/Paint)

KingsKids Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,700.00

Arts for Expression Program (Drumming and Dance)

Klein Arts & Culture

Harpersville

Shelby

$5,200.00

Tony Bingham: "Bearing Witness: The Praise House"

Klein Arts & Culture

Harpersville

Shelby

$7,800.00

Elizabeth M. Webb: Research and Installation

Landmarks Foundation

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,300.00

Oakwood to Oak Park: Connecting Neighborhoods to Montgomery's Downtown

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$1,800.00

"Follow Your Art" Juried Art Show and Community Art Event

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$3,100.00

Summer Music Series

Live at the Opera

Dothan

Houston

$5,000.00

Live at the Opera 2022 Concert Season

Live at the Opera

Dothan

Houston

$5,000.00

2022 Folklife Concert Series

Magic City Poetry Festival

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$3,200.00

Magic City Poetry Festival 2022

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center

Huntsville

Madison

$7,800.00

Dream Big Spring Showcase for Students with Special Needs

Virginia Samford Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

2022 BRAVO ARTS FESTIVAL in association with the 2022 World Games in Birmingham

Mobile County Public Schools

Mobile

Mobile

$4,500.00

Multi-Arts Festival @ Murphy High School

Monroe County Museum

Monroeville

Monroe

$7,800.00

Monroeville Literary Festival

Montgomery Ballet

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000.00

Extending Ballet to Everyone

Montgomery Civic Chorale

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000.00

Montgomery Chorale Spring 2022 Programming

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

Montgomery Music Project 2021-2022

Nathifa Dance Company & Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Performance: "The Afrocentric Expression" 

Nathifa Dance Company & Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Culturally Responsive Curriculum @ Hayes K-8  

Nora's Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,800.00

World Premiere Production of "Ashes & Ink"

Northwest Alabama Arts Council

Hamilton

Marion

$3,900.00

20th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival

Oka Kapassa Festival

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$6,200.00

Oka Kapassa--Sharing the Legends

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

"dwb (driving while black)"

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

"La Boheme"

Paperworkers Local

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,500.00

Teaching workshops and presenting exhibits - Spring 2022

Paperworkers Local

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,700.00

Workshop Coordinator and Project Manager - Spring 2022

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Troy

Pike

$2,500.00

Thunder on the Three Notch

Playhouse in the Park

Mobile

Mobile

$7,800.00

Productions of "Hamlet" and "Little Women"

Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council

Prattville

Autauga

$15,600.00

Prattville's 2022 Celebration of the Arts Events

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Decatur

Morgan

$13,500.00

Spring/Summer Performance Series

Redemption Town Partner

Scottsboro

Jackson

$7,800.00

Pictures of Hope

Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association

Huntsville

Madison

$2,000.00

Documentation Project for Camp Fasola 2022

Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

Camp Fasola 2022

Saint Dunstan's Episcopal

Auburn

Lee

$5,000.00

Music on a Downtown Front Porch

Samford University

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,800.00

Thornton Dial works on paper exhibition

Samford University

Birmingham

Jefferson

$15,300.00

Reflection Through the Arts

Sanspointe Dance Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,000.00

SDC Summer Session(s)

Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society (SDCHPS)

Selma

Dallas

$7,800.00

Art Camp 2022

Shelby County Arts Council

Columbiana

Shelby

$4,700.00

Color & Sound, Sensory Based Art Exhibit

Shoals Storytelling Festival

Florence

Lauderdale

$7,800.00

Shoals Storytelling Festival 2022

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$5,000.00