5/12/2021 3:30:00 AM

Alabama arts organizations awarded $965,025 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts


Alabama arts organizations awarded $965,025 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (May 12, 2021) The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $965,025 to seven Alabama arts organizations, including Alabama State Council on the Arts. These funds will support the arts in areas such as cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services. In addition, the NEA works in partnership with the Council on the Arts to ensure that the people of Alabama have access to the arts. The Council’s grant of $835,025 helps to support projects throughout Alabama.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to work towards a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to fund the work of our partners,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These agreements, such as the one to Alabama State Council on the Arts, leverage federal funds for regional, state, and local impact, reinforcing the network of support that is vital for a healthy arts ecosystem.”

“The arts and cultural community across the state of Alabama has endured an extraordinary time of disruption and challenge,” said Council Chair Jim Harrison III. “We are pleased to be able to provide and administer this generous act of support from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Federal funds, combined with additional funding appropriated by the Alabama Legislature, enable the Council to annually award over 300 grants to approximately 250 organizations and individuals throughout Alabama. The return on investment is significant and helps leverage additional funding from individuals and the private sector. Businesses considering a move into Alabama seek an active and vibrant arts community. Research has proven that artistic exposure and involvement stimulates minds and offers different methods of solving problems. Every grant that Alabama makes at the state level reflects the national effort to make the arts available to all our citizens. The Council on the Arts is proud to work with its federal partner, expanding the benefit of the arts.

“Support from the National Endowment for the Arts is vital to enriching Alabama’s communities and expanding the quality of life for its citizens,” added Dr. Elliot Knight, the Council’s Executive Director. “As arts organizations across the state safely reopen and return to in-person operations, Alabama will greatly benefit from this federal investment in the arts.”

In addition to applying for grants offered by the Council, we encourage arts organizations throughout Alabama to stay informed about the National Endowment for the Arts grant programs and submit applications directly to the NEA to seek support for future projects and endeavors.

 

Here is the list of Alabama grants recently announced by the NEA:

Alabama’s number of grants: 8                 Total Dollar Amount: $965,025

 

Create Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
$10,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Local Arts Agencies

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater (Huntsville, AL)
$15,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Theater

Alabama Folklife Association, Inc. (Mobile, AL)
$20,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Folk & Traditional Arts

Mobile Symphony, Inc. (Mobile, AL)
$15,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Music

Alabama State Council on the Arts (Montgomery, AL)
$835,025
Partnerships (State & Regional) - To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s NEA-approved strategic plan.

Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
$10,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Folk & Traditional Arts

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
$10,000
Grants for Arts Projects - Musical Theater

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
$50,000
Our Town (Creative Placemaking) – Design

 

For more details on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

 

For more information about Alabama State Council on the Arts, visit arts.alabama.gov.

 

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About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

 

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 receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

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Perri Hubbard
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334.242.5153
perri.hubbard@arts.alabama.gov