August 12, 2022

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

Support the Arts License Plate Advisory Committee awards $65,000 in funding

Grant program seeks to promote the arts in Alabama, with focus on arts education

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (August 10, 2022) The Alabama Arts License Plate Advisory Committee recently awarded 25 grants totaling $65,000 during a hybrid meeting on August 8. This round of grants will support arts education and community arts projects occurring between August 2022 and the end of December 2022.

Through the grant program, proceeds from the sale of the Support the Arts license plate are used to fund arts programs, organizations, and activities across the state. Since 2004, over $2 million in grants has been awarded to schools, municipalities, and arts organizations across Alabama.

The recent grants respond to applications submitted at the June 15, 2022, deadline and represent the second round of grants awarded in the 2022 fiscal year. Lisa Blach Weil (Montgomery) chairs the six-member committee, which includes: Allison Dillon-Jauken (Huntsville), Jane Kohl (Guntersville), Andy Meadows (Montgomery), Donna Russell (Gadsden), and Cynthia Thrash (Opelika).

Committee members are appointed according to directives in the enabling legislation and meet twice annually. The committee’s primary responsibility is to evaluate grant applications and award grants that support art programs and arts education throughout Alabama. Members serve voluntarily, and one member is appointed by each of the following organizations or individuals: the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Arts Alliance, the State Department of Education, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, universities, and schools can apply for Arts License Tag grant funding at arts.alabama.gov. The next application deadline December 15, 2022.

Alabama residents are encouraged to join the effort to fund the arts by purchasing a Support the Arts plate via their county’s vehicle licensing office. More information at revenue.alabama.gov.

For more information about a particular grant, contact Donna Russell, Executive Director of the Alabama Arts Alliance, at 334-269-1435 or drussell@alartsalliance.org.

Organization

County

City

Award Amount

Alabama Arts Alliance*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alabama Dance Council*

Jefferson

Birmingham

$3,000

Alabama Folklife Association*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,500

Alabama State Council on the Arts*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alabama State Dept. of Education*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alabama Visual Arts Network*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alabama Writers Forum* 

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Alma Bryant High School Chorus

Irvington

Mobile

$2,500

Blount County Education Foundation

Blount

Oneonta

$2,500

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama

Dale

Ozark

$2,500

City of Butler

Choctaw

Butler

$2,500

Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,500

Daphne High Film Program

Baldwin

Daphne

$1,750

Daphne Middle School

Baldwin

Daphne

$2,500

DesignAlabama*

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000

Eastern Shore Choral Society

Baldwin

Fairhope

$2,500

Foley High School

Baldwin

Foley

$2,500

Main Street Alabama

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,500

Montgomery Ballet

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,500

South Dale Middle School

Pinckard

Dale

$2,500

Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement

Talladega

Sylacauga

$2,500

The Lighthouse Theatre Company

Marshall

Albertville

$1,500

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Pike

Troy

$2,500

Walnut Gallery

Etowah

Gadsden

$2,750

*Statewide Programming Services

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