1/27/2022 9:15:00 AM

Seven Alabama arts organizations to receive $850K in American Rescue Plan funding from the NEA

NEA Announces American Rescue Plan Grants to Arts Organizations

Seven Alabama arts organizations to receive $850K in funding to support the recovery of the state’s arts & culture sector

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (January 27, 2022) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced $57,750,000 in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to arts organizations to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

We are pleased to share that seven arts organizations in Alabama were selected to receive $850,000 in grants. They will use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. Read more about this announcement and the complete list of recommended organizations.

The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending American Rescue Plan grants to the following Alabama organizations to help with recovery and reopening:




Sloss (Sloss Furnaces Foundation)



Space One Eleven



Alabama Contemporary Art Center (Centre for the Living Arts)



Mobile Opera



Alabama Shakespeare Festival



Alabama Writers’ Forum



Tuskegee University




“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial to helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

About the American Rescue Plan (ARP)

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 and included $135 million for the NEA for the arts sector. These monies were distributed in three installments:

1) To regional and state arts agencies for distribution through funding programs

2) To local arts agencies for subgranting

3) Awarded directly to arts organizations to support their own operations


Currently, 63 of Alabama’s arts nonprofit organizations have ARP-funded grants awarded by the Council on the Arts. The $814,100 granted through the Alabama Arts Recovery Program supports essential operating expenses, including employment of Alabama workers. Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.



About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts 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. To learn more, visit arts.gov.

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 grants are made possible by an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.