Agency Structure & Leadership
Council Members (front row, left to right): Ceil Snow, Dora Hanson James (Chair), Dr. Rachel Brown Fowler (Secretary), Neely Jones Portera, Sontonia T. K. Stephens, Mary Wadsworth White and Julie Hall Friedman. Council Members (back row, left to right): Joel Daves IV (Vice Chair), Doug Purcell, Will Sellers, Elaine Johnson, Henry Panion III, Kim Vice Mitchell, Jim Harrison III, and Al Head, Executive Director of the Council. Not pictured: Rebecca T. B. Quinn.
ASCA is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in
Alabama. The agency supports not-for-profit arts organizations, schools, colleges,
units of local government, non-profit organizations programming in the arts for
the general public, and individual artists.
The Council is a body of fifteen members appointed by the Governor for six-year
terms to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council
is to make decisions on grants awarded to support art programs and arts education
throughout the state. Members come from diverse areas of the state and backgrounds,
ranging from arts educators, to professional artists, to community arts volunteers.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) receives an annual appropriation from
the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the
Arts, a federal agency.