September 12, 2023

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

$3.2 million in grants awarded to Alabama arts organizations

$3.2 million in grants awarded to Alabama arts organizations
Announcing project, operating support, and statewide partnership grant recipients

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (September 12, 2023) — At its September quarterly meeting in Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 194 grants totaling $3,207,800 to 155 organizations across the state.

The grants, distributed following a highly competitive process, are set to make a profound impact on the arts landscape by supporting public programs in arts education, community arts, folk arts, literary arts, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. A portion of these funds will go towards innovative public offerings and educational programs, while others will help preserve and highlight artistic traditions through festivals, concerts, exhibitions, artist residencies, and workshops.

This year, the Council on the Arts welcomed 11 new additions to its longstanding Operating Support program. These organizations can now strengthen their institutions, knowing that essential expenses are backed by the Council’s support.

Dr. Elliot Knight, Executive Director of the Council, emphasized the pivotal role of funding in fostering a vibrant arts scene throughout Alabama: “The funds awarded through our grantmaking process serve as investments in our creative economy, and strengthen cultural expression, provide curriculum-based arts education for students, and increase lifelong learning opportunities for all citizens.”

Organization

City

County

Amount

Project

Alabama Arts Alliance

Montgomery

Montgomery

$100,000

Statewide Partnership

Alabama Ballet

Birmingham

Jefferson

$63,500

Operating Support

Alabama Barn Quilt Trail

Killen

Lauderdale

$3,800

Supplies for Quilt Trail

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,100

After School & In-School
Blues Programs

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$7,100

Salary Support

Alabama Conference of Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,200

Festivals for School and
Community Theatres

Alabama Contemporary
Art Center

Mobile

Mobile

$14,200

Guest Curator Program Exhibitions

Alabama Dance Council

Birmingham

Jefferson

$100,000

Statewide Partnership

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

Montgomery

$26,500

Operating Support

Alabama Dance Works

Dothan

Houston

$20,000

Operating Support

Alabama Folklife Association

Mobile

Mobile

$75,000

Statewide Partnership

Alabama Orchestra Association

Dothan

Alabama

$9,300

 Salary Support

Alabama Orchestra Association

Dothan

Alabama

$7,100

All-Region Orchestra Festivals

Alabama School of
Fine Arts Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,200

Artworks@TheDJD
Performance Series

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Montgomery

$168,000

Operating Support

Alabama State University Foundation

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,100

Hope For Alabama: Amal's
Journey Through Civil Rights
and Montgomery

Alabama Vocal Association

New Market

Madison

$7,100

All-State Choir Festival

Alabama Vocal Association

New Market

Madison

$9,200

Salary Support

Alabama-Korea Education
and Economic Partnership
(A-KEEP)

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,100

Performance of "A Girl's
Dream in Alabama"

Alabama-Korea Education
and Economic Partnership
(A-KEEP)

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,600

International Folklore
& Arts Workshops

Alexander City Arts

Alexander City

Tallapoosa

$10,700

Growing the Future of Alexander
City Through Alabama Artists

Arts Council of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$24,000

Operating Support

Arts Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$36,000

Operating Support

ArtsRevive

Selma

Dallas

$11,200

Fall Storytelling Events

Athens State University

Athens

Limestone

$14,200

Tennessee Valley Old Time
Fiddlers Concert Series

Auburn University

Auburn

Lee

$14,200

The Space to Create: Art
Classes Inside Alabama Prisons

Auburn University

Auburn

Lee

$7,100

Third Thursday Poetry Series
& Other Literary Events

Auburn University Montgomery

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,100

Art Workshop for
High School Students

Auburn University Montgomery

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,400

Contemporary Gallery Programming
& Public Outreach

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$7,100

Theater in Elementary Schools

Azalea City Center for the Arts

Mobile

Mobile

$7,600

Theater in Middle/High Schools

Baldwin County Public Schools

Bay Minette

Baldwin

$5,900

The Stapleton Bluegrass Festival

Baldwin County Public Schools

Bay Minette

Baldwin

$4,200

Partnering with Mobile Symphony

Baldwin County Youth Orchestra

Fairhope

Baldwin

$6,700

Music Feeds the Soul!

Birmingham Chamber
Music Society

Mountain Brook

Jefferson

$11,200

Fall Concert Season

Birmingham Children's Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$29,600

Operating Support

Birmingham International
Educational Film Festival

Helena

Shelby

$5,600

Nobody Really Knows
Me: A Rock and Roll Journey

Birmingham Museum of Art

Birmingham

Jefferson

$187,500

Operating Support

Broadway Theatre League
of Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$14,200

Student Outreach & Performances

Broadway Theatre League
of Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$5,100

Enhancement Workshops
& National Touring
Broadway Shows

Camp McDowell

Nauvoo

Walker

$7,100

Salary Support

Center for Education and
Performing Arts (CEPA)

Pell City

St. Clair

$14,200

Spotlight Drama Education
& Outreach Productions

Center for Education and
Performing Arts (CEPA)

Pell City

St. Clair

$12,800

Salary Support

Clarke County Historical Society

Grove Hill

Clarke

$7,600

Folk Life Demonstrations at
22nd Pioneer Day Event

Clotilda Descendants Association

Mobile

Mobile

$10,200

Performance of "An Ocean in
My Bones"

Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

Montgomery

$12,200

Final Productions of 2023 Mainstage Season

Collinsville Historical Association

Collinsville

DeKalb

$7,100

Collinsville Community
Concert Series

Community Actors
Studio Theatre

Anniston

Calhoun

$10,600

Mainstage Theatrical Productions

Community Actors
Studio Theatre

Anniston

Calhoun

$11,800

Theatrical Arts
Instructional Program

Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,900

Arts for Achievement

Create Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$25,000

Operating Support

Create Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,100

Amal Walks Across America:
Birmingham

Cullman County Schools

Cullman

Cullman

$2,800

Teaching Basic Art through Painting

Dance All Productions

Huntsville

Madison

$5,700

Salary Support

Dauphin Island Heritage
and Arts Council

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$5,600

Salary Support

Dauphin Island Heritage
and Arts Council

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$9,200

Salary Support

DeKalb County Schools

Rainsville

DeKalb

$7,100

Elf The Musical Jr.

DesignAlabama

Montgomery

Montgomery

$75,000

Statewide Partnership

Dothan Landmarks Foundation

Dothan

Houston

$7,100

 Landmark Park Quilt Show

Druid City Ballet

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$3,600

Excerpts from "The Nutcracker"

DRUM The Program

Montevallo

Shelby

$1,200

Spring Break 2024 Drum Workshop

DRUM The Program

Montevallo

Shelby

$5,000

Juneteenth Summer Camp 2024

Eastern Shore Art Association

Fairhope

Baldwin

$20,500

Operating Support

Exposure Community
Development Corporation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$13,200

Music Opportunity Program

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater

Huntsville

Madison

$27,500

Operating Support

Fine Arts Find Life

Bessemer

Jefferson

$6,600

Arts for Expression

Fine Arts Find Life

Bessemer

Jefferson

$11,500

Salary Support

Firehouse Community
Arts Center

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,700

Music Mondays

Foundation for New Media

Birmingham

Shelby

$7,100

The Blues Don't Lie

Foundation for the Art
and Science of Learning

Pinson

Jefferson

$7,100

That Could Be ME! Alabama:
Hale and Perry Counties

Franklin County Arts
and Humanities Council

Russellville

Franklin

$5,600

The Roxy's Christmas Spectacular

Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy

Alberta

Wilcox

$7,100

Gee's Bend Airing of the
Quilts Festival

Friends of the Birmingham
Public Library

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000

Bards & Brews

Friends of the Birmingham
Public Library

Birmingham

Jefferson

$3,200

Loud at the Library

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation

Gadsden

Etowah

$47,000

Operating Support

GirlSpring

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,700

Writing Project

Gulf Coast Arts Alliance

Gulf Shores

Baldwin

$6,900

Art Markets

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage
Jazz Festival Productions

Mobile

Mobile

$13,200

Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival

Gulf Coast Saxophone Ensemble

Robertsdale

Baldwin

$1,900

Acquisition of Bass Saxophone

Gulf Coast Steinway Society

Mobile

Mobile

$4,300

Student Music Competition

Heritage Hall Museum

Talladega

Talladega

$6,700

Salary Support

Hiztorical Vision Productions

Opelika

Lee

$14,200

Bama Black History 365 Internship Program

Homewood Theatre

Homewood

Jefferson

$7,700

Performance Season

Huntsville Ballet Company

Huntsville

Madison

$14,200

60th Anniversary Season

Huntsville Ballet Company

Huntsville

Madison

$7,100

Discover Dance Arts Integration
and Education Programs

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$7,100

A Place for All: Supporting
Community Concerts

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

Huntsville

Madison

$7,100

Choir Concert Series with Children
and Youth

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$14,200

Live Life Loud at Every Age!

Huntsville Hospital Foundation

Huntsville

Madison

$14,200

Salary Support

Huntsville Master Chorale

Huntsville

Madison

$9,600

Salary Support

Huntsville Master Chorale

Huntsville

Madison

$12,800

Performance Season

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville

Madison

$75,000

Operating Support

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$54,500

Operating Support

Huntsville Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$14,200

Alabama the Beautiful

I Am My Brother's Keeper
(IAMBK)

Auburn

Lee

$3,500

The Art of Becoming

InToto Creative Arts Forum

Birmingham

Jefferson

$6,600

Gather Hear Alabama

InToto Creative Arts Forum

Birmingham

Jefferson

$14,200

Salary Support

InToto Creative Arts Forum

Birmingham

Jefferson

$11,400

Our Voices: A Biannual Community Arts Showcase

Jubilee Community Center

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,800

 Nritya Sangam: Confluence
of Indian Classical Dances

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$30,500

Operating Support

King's Canvas Gallery
and Studio

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,200

Salary Support

Klein Arts & Culture

Austin

Travis

$6,600

Reparative Poetry:
Healing a Community

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$2,700

8th Annual Creative Spirit
Market Art and Music Showcase

Little River Arts Council

Mentone

DeKalb

$5,100

Make Your Mark on Mentone:
Gateway Public Art Project

Madison City Community Orchestra

Madison

Madison

$4,300

Community Education and
Audience Involvement of
Classical Music

Madison Visionary Partners

Madison

Madison

$5,100

Madison Mural Trail

Magic City Performing Arts

Shoal Creek

Shelby

$13,200

Ballet Performance Season

Main Street Marion

Marion

Perry

$5,100

The Pottery Project

Merrimack Hall Performing
Arts Center

Huntsville

Madison

$15,500

Operating Support

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$14,200

Salary Support

Mobile Arts Council

Mobile

Mobile

$14,200

Salary Support

Mobile Ballet

Mobile

Mobile

$27,000

Operating Support

Mobile Chamber Music

Mobile

Mobile

$7,100

Our 62nd Season:
Playing It Forward

Mobile International Festival

Mobile

Mobile

$5,600

40th Festival

Mobile International Festival

Mobile

Mobile

$12,200

Salary Support

Mobile Medical Museum

Mobile

Mobile

$2,600

Artist Residency Program

Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile

Mobile

$80,500

Operating Support

Mobile Opera

Mobile

Mobile

$11,200

Mainstage Season

Mobile Symphony

Mobile

Mobile

$46,000

Operating Support

Montgomery Civic Chorale

Montgomery

Montgomery

$15,200

Concert Season

Montgomery Museum
of Fine Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

$150,000

Operating Support

Montgomery Public Schools

Montgomery

Montgomery

$6,600

Playbook Children
and Teacher Project

Montgomery Public Schools

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,100

Music for All

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

Montgomery

Montgomery

$22,500

Operating Support

Mountain Valley Arts Council

Guntersville

Marshall

$5,600

Concert Series

Muscle Shoals
Songwriters Foundation

Athens

Limestone

$5,100

Music Festival & Songwriters Workshop

Nathifa Dance Company
& Outreach

Birmingham

Jefferson

$9,600

Exploring Cultural Arts
Through Aging & Community

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$26,000

Operating Support

Opera Huntsville

Huntsville