December 2, 2022

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

Over $1.2 million in grants awarded to Alabama arts organizations & artists

Over $1.2 million in grants awarded to Alabama arts organizations & artists
Announcing project grant recipients & Folk Arts apprentices

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (December 2, 2022) — At its December quarterly meeting in Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 181 grants totaling $1,266,000 to 150 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 funding this grants cycle. Some of these grants will support new and innovative public offerings and educational programs, along with administrative support; others will emphasize artistic traditions through the implementation of festivals, concerts, exhibitions, artist residencies, and workshops.

“The Council on the Arts is pleased to support educational groups, community organizations, and arts institutions with these grants,” said Council chair Henry Panion, III, PhD (Birmingham). “Funds awarded through our granting process strengthen cultural expression and enhance Alabama’s creative economy.”

Folk Arts Apprenticeships were awarded to 20 individual artists. The apprenticeship program is designed to preserve and pass on Alabama’s traditional arts. The grants are presented to artists so they can teach their skills to students and apprentices. 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. Among the grant recipients this year are artists working in craft traditions including quilting, white oak basketry, lutherie, chair caning, woodworking, flute making, and pottery, along with performance traditions such as Old-time fiddling, Greek folk dancing, Bodhran (Irish drumming), and gospel quartet singing.

Recipients of the Folk Arts Apprenticeships showcase 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.

“We are 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 Council on the Arts executive director Elliot Knight, PhD.

The next grant application deadline is March 1, 2023, for individual artist fellowships and grants for planning, design, and construction of arts facilities. The application portal will open on January 3, 2023. The next deadline for organizations to apply for funding for projects is June 1, 2023, and the application portal will open on April 1, 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, 2022, deadline and will support projects and programming between January 1, 2023, and September 30, 2023.

Organization

City

County

Amount

Project

Academy for Academics and Arts PTA

Huntsville

Madison

$5,300

Dance Africa

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$6,300

YMCA Blues Camp

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,300

After School and In-School Blues Programs

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

$15,600

Independent Projects Program 2023

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,600

Community Day to Dance and Play 2023

Alabama Folklife Association

Mobile

Mobile

$7,400

Documenting Jewish Folklife in Alabama through Symposium, Art Exhibit, Oral Histories, and Archives

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation

Talladega

Talladega

$7,300

Music Matters

Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,300

ACES (Arts Connections Enhance Success) for Students

Alabama Orchestra Association

Dothan

Alabama

$7,300

Alabama All State Orchestra Festival 2023

Alabama Symphonic Association

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

"Romeo and Juliet" Education Concert & Recording: Day in the Arts 2023

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

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,800

Exhibition: "Tying the Knots between Beauty and Function"

Ars Nova School of the Arts

Huntsville

Madison

$14,600

Performances 2023: A Season of Contrasts

ArtsRevive

Selma

Dallas

$13,600

Programming Director Internship

Auburn University

Auburn

Lee

$14,600

Expanding Arts Programming Inside Alabama Prisons

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$6,800

Broadway Master Class Weekend

Baldwin County Public Schools

Bay Minette

 Baldwin

$2,900

Arts Day at Florence B. Mathis Elementary

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,600

State of Sewing: A Year of Research and Practice

Birmingham AIDS Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,800

Birmingham LGBTQ Creative Arts Collective (BLCAC)

Birmingham Children's Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

IMPACT: Innovators Magnifying Purposes through Arts, Creativity, and Technology

Black Belt & Central Alabama Housing Authority

Selma

Dallas

$10,600

Black Belt Gospel Festivals and Arts Programs

Brundidge Historical Society

Brundidge

Pike

$5,300

Pike Piddler's Storytelling Festival

Cahaba Chamber Chorale

Vestavia Hills

Jefferson

$5,300

Choral Performance of "Music Made in the USA"

Capri Community Film Society

Montgomery

Montgomery

$12,600

Salary Support

Capri Community Film Society

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,100

Salary Support

Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Decatur

Morgan

$4,400

Salary Support

Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,300

Annual Caribbean Food and Music Festival

City of Auburn

Auburn

Lee

$5,900

Adventures in Art: When Art Meets Nature

City of Sheffield

Sheffield

Colbert

$6,600

SummerStock at the Ritz 2023

City of Thorsby

Thorsby

 Chilton

$4,000

Chilton County Strawberry Festival

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

Marion

$11,600

Concert Season 2023

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

Marion

$11,600

Salary Support

Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$14,600

Productions of Mainstage Season 2023

Coffee County Arts Alliance

Enterprise

Coffee

$10,600

Winter Performances: "Forever Young" and "Atlanta Pops"

Coffee County Arts Alliance

Enterprise

Coffee

$6,300

Piney Woods Arts Festival, Season 49

Community Actors Studio Theatre

Anniston

Calhoun

$9,200

Mainstage Winter - Spring Season 2023

Community Foundation of West Alabama

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$4,100

Southeast Fiddle Championship

Compelling Stories of the Southeast

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$7,300

Return Walk of Life 2023

Covington County Schools

Andalusia

Covington

$7,300

Extracurricular Theatre, Dance, and Music Education

Covington County Schools

Andalusia

Covington

$2,600

Cultural Presentations and Workshops at Pleasant Home School

Create Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

The Business of Creating Workshop Series

Dance All Productions

Huntsville

Madison

$6,800

Salary Support

Dance Levels

Pinson

Jefferson

$5,300

"Journey to Africa" Live Dance Production 2023

Dance Levels

Pinson

Jefferson

$12,600

Salary Support

Desert Island Supply Co.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,600

Salary Support

DesignAlabama

Montgomery

Montgomery

$4,800

Website Update

DRUM The Program

Montevallo

Shelby

$4,100

Salary Support

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$7,300

Awards for Annual Outdoor Art Show

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$7,300

Salary Support

Eufaula Heritage Association

Eufaula

Barbour

$3,800

Music for the 56th Eufaula Pilgrimage

Exposure Community Development Corporation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,800

Summer Music Camp

Fine Arts Find Life

Bessemer

 Jefferson

$13,200

Salary Support

Foundation 154 Inc

Elba

Coffee

$5,800

Rockin' the River Music & Arts Festival

Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,300

40th Magic City Art Connection/Imagination Festival Kid's Art Workshops

Fountain of Life Community Development Corporation

Huntsville

Madison

$6,200

Multi-Cultural Community Celebration: "Jazz & Joy "

Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council

Russellville

Franklin

$7,300

The Roxy's Salute to Broadway

GirlSpring, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

SHE Camp

Heritage Hall Museum (Jemison Carnegie Foundation)

Talladega

Talladega

$6,300

Arts Camp for Kids 2023

Heritage Hall Museum (Jemison Carnegie Foundation)

Talladega

Talladega

$4,400

Local Area Artist Spotlights II

History Museum of Mobile

Mobile

Mobile

$6,800

Exhibition: "Dressing the Abbey"

Hiztorical Vision Productions

Opelika

Lee

$14,600

Bama Black History 365 Internship Program

Huntsville  Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$7,300

The Tennessee Valley Music Festival presents "Movie Magic"

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville

Madison

$5,300

Exhibition: "Origami in the Garden"

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$4,400

Staff Professional Development

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$14,600

Salary Support

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Huntsville

Madison

$6,300

Using Art to Reduce Anxiety in High Stress Environments

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Huntsville

Madison

$7,300

The Healing Power of Music

Huntsville Master Chorale

Huntsville

Madison

$11,300

Huntsville Choral Festival and Choral Composition Contest

INNERGY

Mobile

Mobile

$7,300

Dance Company Tour

INNERGY

Mobile

Mobile

$11,600

Expansion of Organizational Capacity

Institute of Intercultural Studies: Dance Arts, History, Culture

Birmingham

Jefferson

$15,600

Viver Brasil Dance Company: "We Rise We Samba Tour"

Joe Jefferson Players

Mobile

Mobile

$13,100

Performance: "Great American Artists"

Jubilee Community Center

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,800

Maha Shivaratri Dance Festival 2023

Kennedy Douglass Art Center Volunteers

Florence

Lauderdale

$1,800

After School Teen Art Program

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$14,600

Exhibition: "The Ties That Bind"

Klein Arts & Culture

Harpersville

Shelby

$13,600

Salary Support

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$3,300

Summer Music Series 2023

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$2,100

Judged Art Show & Day of Art: "Follow Your Art"

Live at the Opera

Dothan

Houston

$4,300

The Loop Music & Art Festival 2023

Madison County Schools

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500

Buckhorn High School's Bella Voce Women's Choir Performance at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference

Magic City Acceptance Academy Charter School

Homewood

Jefferson

$7,000

After School Visual Arts

Magic City Poetry Festival

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$4,800

Magic City Poetry Festival 2023

Maitland Arts Initiative

Huntsville

Madison

$3,900

Sun Ra Multidisciplinary Commemorative Event

Marion County Board of Education

Hamilton

Marion

$2,800

Artful Experiences

Marion County Board of Education

Hamilton

Marion

$2,300

Dance Foundations

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$3,800

The Dance Intensive: "Enrich"

Mobile County Public Schools

Mobile

Mobile

$1,700

Dance from the Heart

Mobile Opera

Mobile

Mobile

$6,800

Performance: "Let Freedom Sing," the Story of Marian Anderson

Monroe County Museum

Monroeville

Monroe

$6,800

Monroeville Literary Festival 2023

Nathifa Dance Company & Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,600

Collaborative Project

Negro Southern League Museum

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

Diamond Dreams: The Women of the Negro Leagues

Oka Kapassa Festival

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$7,800

Sharing the Legends

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

Performance of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

Opera Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$9,200

Creating a Path to Sustainable Infrastructure through Wage Equity

Opera Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$4,400

Promoting Black Excellence, Wage Equity, and Arts Access through “Opera Bytes”

Opportunity4Entertainers & Performing Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$5,800

6th Annual MOB Music Festival

Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA)

Pell City

St. Clair

$11,000

Salary Support

Pike Road Theatre Company

Pike Road

Montgomery

$3,800

Salary Support

Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council

Prattville

Autauga

$14,600

Celebration of the Arts 2023

Pride of Atmore

Atmore

Escambia

$12,600

Salary Support

Pride of Atmore

Atmore

Escambia

$11,600

Season of Events

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Decatur

Morgan

$7,300

Salary Support

Project Threadways

Florence

Lauderdale

$7,700

Salary Support

Redemption Town Partner

Scottsboro

Jackson

$7,300

Pictures of Hope

Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association

Huntsville

Madison

$4,300

Camp Fasola 2023

Samford University

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,600

Exhibitions: "Mother Nature/Mother Nurture" and "A More-Than-Human World"

Sanspointe Dance Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,800

Some Assembly Required

Self Express Productions

Winfield

Marion

$4,500

Becoming a Household Name

Selma Dallas County Historic Preservation Society

Selma

Dallas

$5,300

Art Camp 2023

Shoals Storytelling Festival

Florence

Lauderdale

$4,900

2023 Festival

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$4,600

Movies of Our Generation

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$5,800

Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert

Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,600

Annual Sidewalk Film Festival 2023

Sloss Furnaces Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,300

Visiting Artist Residency

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre

Dothan

Houston

$13,600

Wiregrass Drama Club Theatre Education 2023

Southern Danceworks

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

Tiny Danz at East Village Arts

Southern Danceworks

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,600

Building the SDW Team

Southern Fried Film Festival

Huntsville

Madison

$6,300

Annual Festival

Southern Fried Film Festival

Huntsville

Madison

$3,800

Salary Support

Southern Makers

Cullman

Cullman

$11,600

Book Publication

Southern Makers

Cullman

Cullman

$12,600

Salary Support

Southern Music Research Center

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,600

Digital Archive

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,300

"City Center Art" Summer Art Camps for Children and Youth

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,800

Spring Exhibitions 2023

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$3,200

Traveling Exhibition: "Darshan"

That's My Child

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,300

Art by TMC

The Cohill Foundation

Bessemer

 Jefferson

$7,800

Self Expression Through Creative Arts

The Coleman Center for the Arts

York

Sumter

$5,000

Downtown York Art Walk

The Files Arts Project

Birmingham

Jefferson

$13,600

Dance and Music Workshop & Showcase 2023

The Flourish Alabama

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,300

High Tea Concert Series

The Flourish Alabama

Birmingham

Jefferson

$13,600

Salary Support

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery

Wetumpka

Elmore

$14,600

Salary Support

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,800

Fitz Tales: The Stories of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$6,800

Paul R. Jones Museum Exhibition: "Michael C. Thorpe"

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$5,300

The New Voices Theatre Festival

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$2,300

2023 BLAST Academy

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$5,300

Constellation Concert Series 2023

Troy University

Troy

Pike

$6,700

Rosa Parks Museum Exhibitions 2023

Troy University

Troy

Pike

$2,200

International Arts Center Junior Warriors

Troy University

Troy

Pike

$6,800

Summer Spotlight

Troy University

Troy

Pike