Collaborative Resource Centers

The Arts Education Leadership Team proposes collaborative arts resource centers to make regional impact. Regional Arts Collaboratives should be strategically placed to ensure equity of access and quality. The ability to work in collaboration with established in-service centers, higher education, and other forms of academic support will strengthen the impact of these centers. The use of Regional Arts Collaboratives should be open to all regional schools and community organizations seeking support for arts education programming and initiatives.  The ultimate goal for this Plan is twofold:

  • Every school in the state of Alabama will have fully funded, high-quality arts education programs for every student.
  • Every arts and cultural organization will have high-quality arts education programs that work hand-in-hand with our schools to enhance our communities, and our lives.


The State Department of Education should guarantee at each Center at least one full time qualified curriculum specialist for each of the five major arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts, at least one STEM collaborator (curriculum specialist in math and/or science) with considerable experience in STEM initiatives, at least one CTE collaborator (curriculum specialist with considerable leadership experience in Career Tech programs and initiatives), and facilitated collaborations between resource center personnel, local organizations appointed by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and other regional support centers established by the ALSDE (i.e in-service centers, birth to career centers, higher education partners, etc.)

The State Arts Council should appoint a major arts organization for each regional resource center to collaborate with State Department of Education personnel, using their expertise and contacts to develop community partnerships, programming, professional development and resources, support collaborations between State Department of Education personnel and communities, connect regional artists and organizations to schools by training resource center personnel, and provide training and consulting services to aid in the use of the shared evaluation system, required of all programs and initiatives that receive funding through the Artistic Literacy Consortium Initiative.

Currently collaborative arts resource centers are being developed by cultural arts organizations in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. These organizations are convening members, training artists to collaborate in schools, and beginning to establish lists of opportunities for schools to seek quality community arts programming to supplement their own programs. Contact information for these three centers is listed below. The Artistic Literacy Consoritum would like to support additional efforts statewide. If you would like to participate by hosting or supporting an Artistic Literacy Consortium Collaborative Arts Resource Center, please contact us at


Artistic Literacy Consortium, Birmingham
Diane Litsey, The Dance Foundation

Artistic Literacy Consortium, Huntsville
Allison Dillion-Jauken, ArtsHuntsville

Artistic Literacy Consortium, Tuscaloosa
Sandra Wolfe, Arts Council of Tuscaloosa