January 13, 2023

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

'Support the Arts' License Plate Advisory Committee awards over $79K in funding

Support the Arts License Plate Advisory Committee awards over $79K in funding

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

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (January 13, 2023) The Alabama Arts License Plate Advisory Committee recently awarded 41 grants totaling $79,325. This round of grants will support arts education and community arts projects occurring between January and September 2023.

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 December 15, 2022, deadline and represent the first round of grants awarded in the 2023 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 June 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

City

County

Award Amount

Alabama Arts Alliance *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$1,500

Alabama Dance Council *

Jefferson

Birmingham

$1,000

Alabama Folklife Association *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

Alabama State Council on the Arts *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

Alabama State Dept. of Education *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000

Alabama Visual Arts Network *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

Alabama Writers Forum  *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

Athens High School Choir

Athens

Limestone

$1,500

Austin Junior High School Theatre

Decatur

Morgan

$1,400

Ave Maria Grotto - Brother Joseph Zoettl Foundation

Cullman

Cullman

$2,000

Baldwin County Public Schools - Central Baldwin Middle School

Loxley

Baldwin

$1,500

Baldwin County Virtual Secondary School/Pelican Players

Daphne

Baldwin

$1,500

Bessemer Board of Education

Bessemer

Jefferson

$1,500

Brewbaker Primary School

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,125

Carroll High School Band

Ozark

Dale

$1,500

Clements High School Band

Athens

Limestone

$2,500

Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,500

Colbert Heights High School

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$2,000

Decatur Youth Symphony

Decatur

Morgan

$1,500

DesignAlabama *

Montgomery

Montgomery

$1,000

E.A.T. South

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,200

Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,000

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival Productions

Mobile

Mobile

$1,500

Hamilton Middle School

Hamilton

Marion

$3,800

Horseshoe Bend High School Band

New Site

Tallapoosa

$4,500

Huntsville Inner City Learning Center

Huntsville

Madison

$3,000

InToto Creative Arts

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,000

Klein Arts & Culture

Harpersville

Shelby

$1,500

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$1,500

Mobile Symphony

Mobile

Mobile

$2,500

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$1,500

Oxford Performing Arts Center

Oxford

Calhoun

$2,000

Shining Talent: Education and Recreation

Robertsdale

Baldwin

$2,500

Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,000

Simmons Middle School Band

Birmingham

Shelby

$1,300

Studio By The Tracks

Irondale

Jefferson

$2,000

Tennessee Valley Jazz Society

Huntsville

Madison

$2,000

Valley Arts and Entertainment Inc

Huntsville

Madison

$1,500

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Dothan

Houston

$2,500

Yonder Contemporary Dance Company

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$1,500

*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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