6/4/2020 10:01:00 AM

The Alabama State Council on the Arts Awards $517,900 in CARES Funding to Alabama Arts Organizations


MONTGOMERY, ALA – On June 4, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded $517,900 in CARES funding at its quarterly meeting in Montgomery. The $457,900 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding from the National Endowment for the Arts was combined with $60,000 from South Arts, a regional 9-state arts organization to aid the arts industry recovery effort in Alabama.  

Support is critical as arts organizations reemerge as vibrant parts of the Alabama’s creative economy. Artists and arts organizations are an integral part of communities and increase the quality of life for all citizens. Arts organizations are also economic drivers, bringing tourism revenue to communities and providing thousands of jobs statewide. These CARES grants will aid small, medium, and large arts organizations as they sustain operations and retain jobs through these difficult times. The grants must be used to support salaries and independent contractor costs as well as costs essential to organizational operations such as rent and utilities.  

As a result of receiving the CARES stimulus funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts created a special grant application for organizations in which they could apply for funding as part of the Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants program. Applications were evaluated based on financial and employment impact and narrative descriptions. The need for arts support in the state far exceeded the availability of CARES funding currently available, but the Council is grateful to be able to help 80 arts organizations throughout Alabama through this program.   

Organization 

City 

County 

Award 

21 Dreams Arts & Culture, Inc. 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$7,500.00  

Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, Inc. 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$5,000.00  

Alabama Blues Project 

Tuscaloosa 

Tuscaloosa 

$5,000.00  

Alabama Dance Council, Inc. 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Alabama Dance Theatre 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$10,000.00  

Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$5,000.00  

Alabama Shakespeare Festival 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$10,000.00  

Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc. 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Andalusia Ballet Association, Inc. 

Andalusia 

Covington 

$5,000.00  

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. 

Tuscaloosa 

Tuscaloosa 

$10,000.00  

Auburn Area Community Theatre 

Auburn 

Lee 

$2,500.00  

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000.00  

Birmingham Children's Theatre 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Birmingham Museum of Art (dba Art Fund Birmingham, Inc.) 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Black Belt Treasures 

Camden 

Wilcox 

$5,000.00  

Blackbelt Benefit Group 

Selma 

Dallas 

$2,500.00  

Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville, Inc. 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$2,500.00  

Capri Community Film Society 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$5,000.00  

Centre for the Living Arts, DBA Alabama Contemporary Art Ctr

Mobile 

Mobile 

$10,000.00  

CEPA Management Corp. 

Pell City 

St. Clair 

$5,000.00  

Children's Dance Foundation 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

ClefWorks, Inc.  

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$2,500.00  

Cloverdale Playhouse, Inc. 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$5,000.00  

Cultural Arts Center 

Dothan 

Houston 

$2,500.00  

Dale County Performing Arts Council 

Ozark 

Dale 

$2,500.00  

DanceAll Productions, Inc. 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$5,000.00  

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, Inc. 

Dauphin Island 

Mobile 

$5,000.00  

Decatur Youth Symphony, Inc.  

Decatur 

Morgan 

$2,500.00  

Eastern Shore Art Association, Inc 

Fairhope 

Baldwin 

$10,000.00  

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre 

Fairhope 

Baldwin 

$2,500.00  

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$10,000.00  

Florence Arts and Museums 

Florence 

Lauderdale 

$5,000.00  

Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections, Inc. 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000.00  

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. 

Gadsden 

Etowah 

$10,000.00  

Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, Inc. 

Gadsden 

Etowah 

$2,500.00  

Historic Zodiac Playhouse 

Florence 

Lauderdale 

$2,500.00  

Huntsville Community Drumline 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$2,500.00  

Huntsville Museum of Art 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$10,000.00  

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$10,000.00  

Huntsville Youth Orchestra 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$2,500.00  

Independent Musical Productions 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$2,500.00  

Kentuck Museum Association, Inc. 

Northport 

Tuscaloosa 

$7,500.00  

Little River Arts Council, Inc. 

Mentone 

DeKalb 

$2,500.00  

Magic City Smooth Jazz 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$5,000.00  

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 

Birmingham, Al 

Jefferson 

$5,000.00  

Mobile Ballet, Inc 

Mobile 

Mobile 

$10,000.00  

Mobile Museum 

Mobile 

Mobile 

$10,000.00  

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$10,000.00  

Montgomery Symphony Association 

Montgomery 

Montgomery 

$7,500.00  

Opera Birmingham 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Patti Rutland Jazz Inc. 

Dothan  

Houston 

$2,500.00  

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts 

Decatur 

Morgan 

$2,900.00  

Red Mountain Theatre Company 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Shoals Symphony Orchestra 

Florence 

Lauderdale 

$10,000.00  

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Sipsey Arts Alliance 

Fayette 

Fayette 

$2,500.00  

Sloss Furnaces Foundation  

Birmingham  

Jefferson  

$2,500.00  

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre 

Dothan 

Houston 

$2,500.00  

Southeast Alabama Dance Company 

Dothan 

Houston 

$5,000.00  

Space One Eleven 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Spark Theater Company, LLC 

Dothan 

Houston 

$2,500.00  

State of Alabama Ballet, Inc 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$7,500.00  

Studio By The Tracks 

Irondale 

Jefferson 

$5,000.00  

Tennessee Valley Art Association  

Tuscumbia 

Colbert 

$7,500.00  

Terrific New Theatre 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$7,500.00  

The American Gospel Quartet Convention  

Birmingham 

Jefferson  

$5,000.00  

The Arts Association of East Alabama, Inc. 

Opelika 

Lee 

$10,000.00  

The Arts Council, Inc., dba Arts Huntsville 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$10,000.00  

The Joe Jefferson Players, Inc. 

Mobile 

Mobile 

$5,000.00  

The King’s Canvas   

Montgomery  

Montgomery 

$7,500.00  

Theatre Huntsville 

Huntsville 

Madison 

$10,000.00  

Theatre Tuscaloosa, Inc. 

Tuscaloosa 

Tuscaloosa 

$10,000.00  

Tri-State Community Orchestra Association 

Dothan 

Houston 

$2,500.00  

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc. 

Troy 

Pike 

$2,500.00  

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra 

Tuscaloosa 

Tuscaloosa 

$10,000.00  

Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. 

Tuskegee 

Macon 

$10,000.00  

University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$10,000.00  

Virginia Samford Theatre/Metropolitan Arts Center 

Birmingham 

Jefferson 

$5,000.00  

Wiregrass Museum of Art 

Dothan 

Houston 

$10,000.00  

The staff of the Council, directed by Dr. Elliot Knight, administers the grants programs, produces arts events, and provides technical assistance in arts planning and implementation. The Council receives funding through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  

For more information about Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants, contact Barbara Reed, Public Information Officer at 334-242-5153. Please visit: www.arts.alabama.gov.