7/22/2021 4:08:00 AM

"Support the Arts" License Plate Advisory Committee awards $56,300 in funding


Support the Arts License Plate Advisory Committee awards $56,300 in funding
Grant program seeks to promote the arts in Alabama, with focus on arts education

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (July 22, 2021) The Alabama Arts License Plate Advisory Committee awarded 23 grants totaling $56,300 during a virtual meeting on July 15, 2021. This round of grants will support arts education and community arts projects occurring between August 2021 and January 2022.

Through the grant program, proceeds from the sale of the Support the Arts license plate are used to fund arts programs, organizations, and activities across the state.

The recent grants respond to applications submitted at the June 15, 2021, deadline and represent the second round of grants awarded in the 2021 fiscal year. Dr. Henry Panion, III of Birmingham chairs the six-member committee, which includes: Allison Dillon-Jauken of Huntsville, Jane Kohl of Guntersville, Andy Meadows of Montgomery, Donna Russell of Gadsden, and Cynthia Thrash of Opelika.

Committee members are appointed according to directives in the enabling legislation and meet twice annually. The committee’s primary responsibility is to evaluate grant applications and award grants that support art programs and arts education throughout Alabama.

Members serve voluntarily, and one member is appointed by each of the following organizations or individuals: the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Arts Alliance, the State Department of Education, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, universities, and schools can apply for Arts License Tag grant funding at arts.alabama.gov. The next application deadline is December 15, 2021.

Alabama residents are encouraged to join the effort to fund the arts by purchasing a Support the Arts plate for their vehicle. More information at revenue.alabama.gov.

For more information about a particular grant, contact Donna Russell, Executive Director of the Alabama Arts Alliance, at 334-269-1435 or drussell@alartsalliance.org.

Organization

County

City

Amount

Project

Alabama Writers Forum 

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Folklife Association

Mobile

Mobile

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

DesignAlabama

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Dance Council

Jefferson

Birmingham

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Arts Alliance

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama State Dept. of Education

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

Alabama Visual Arts Network

Montgomery

Montgomery

$3,000.00

Statewide Programming Services

The FILES Art Project

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,300.00

Summer Dance & Music Workshop

Opera Birmingham

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,500.00

Education Programming

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama

Dale

Ozark

$3,500.00

Ozark City Schools Art Instruction

Space One Eleven

Jefferson

Birmingham

$1,500.00

Art Education Programs

Dale County Performing Arts Council

Dale

Ozark

$1,800.00

Seating for Community Members

Elberta Elementary School Band

Baldwin

Elberta

$4,150.00

Musical Instruments and Equipment

Exposure Community Development Corp.

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,000.00

Music Classes

Terrific New Theatre

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,100.00

Pretty Fire

Fantasy Playhouse

Madison

Huntsville

$1,100.00

Touring Program

Mobile Opera

Mobile

Mobile

$850.00

Educational School Tour

Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement

Talladega

Sylacauga

$1,500.00

Productions of Beauty and the Beast and Big Fish

Children's Dance Foundation

Jefferson

Birmingham

$2,000.00

Dancing with Words

Mobile Symphony

Mobile

Mobile

$2,500.00

Strings in School

Patti Rutland Jazz
(dba Alabama Dance Works)

Houston

Dothan

$2,500.00

Dance Outreach Program

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Houston

Dothan

$2,000.00

Youth Art Education Program

 

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

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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.

Press contact:
Perri Hubbard
Communications & Public Relations
334.242.5153
perri.hubbard@arts.alabama.gov