May 31, 2022

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

State Council on the Arts to Receive $853,725 Partnership Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

State Council on the Arts to Receive $853,725 Partnership Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

NEA also announces grants to arts organizations in Alabama

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (March 31, 2022) — The Alabama State Council on the Arts has been approved for a $853,725 National Endowment for the Arts Fiscal Year 2022 Partnership Agreement to address priorities identified at the state level. These funds will support the arts in areas such as cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services. The NEA also awarded $80,000 to four Alabama organizations in the Birmingham area: Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Create Birmingham, Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Through our work with state and regional partners, the National Endowment for the Arts can extend its impact, reaching even more communities throughout the nation, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

“Support from the National Endowment for the Arts is vital to enriching Alabama’s artistic landscape,” said Elliot Knight, PhD, the Council’s Executive Director. “The Council on the Arts regrants 100% of these federal funds to Alabama arts organizations, meaning this investment in the arts goes directly back into communities across the state.”

In addition to applying for grants offered by the Council on the Arts, we encourage arts organizations and artists throughout Alabama to stay informed about the National Endowment for the Arts grant programs and submit applications directly to the NEA to seek support for future projects and endeavors. Visit arts.gov/grants for more details.

 

Here is the list of Alabama grants recently announced by the NEA:

Alabama’s number of grants: 5

Total Dollar Amount:  $933,725

 

Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Birmingham, AL)

$15,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Music

 

Create Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)

$10,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Local Arts Agencies

 

Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, Inc. (Birmingham, AL)

$15,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Media Arts

 

University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)

$40,000

Grants for Arts Projects - Museums

 

Alabama State Council on the Arts (Montgomery, AL)

$853,725

Partnerships - State & Regional: To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s NEA-approved strategic plan.

 


 

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.


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About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

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. Learn more at arts.alabama.gov.




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