12/11/2017 1:48:00 AM

State Arts Council Awards Grants Totaling $504,245 At Its December Meeting In Montgomery


Montgomery, Ala. -- The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 137 grants totaling $504,245 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on December 10, 2017. This round of grants will support arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing, and visual arts programs January 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018. Also included in this round of awards are 17 Folklife apprenticeship grants.

The Council makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups. ASCA funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government and earned income by the grantee. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism and overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state.

These recent grants are in response to applications submitted under the September 1, 2017 deadline and represent the third round of grants awarded in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The 15-member board is appointed by the Governor to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council is to make decisions about grants awarded to support art programs and arts education throughout the state. Board members are selected from all regions of the state in order to strive for a geographic spread representing all areas of the state.  

Dora James, Chairman of the Council emphasized, “Our state is fortunate to have so many programs that support and enhance education for students and improve the quality of life for all citizens. A vibrant arts environment helps to draw new industry and investment to Alabama.”

                The next deadline for the submission of grant applications is March 1, 2018 for Fellowships, and Art & Cultural Facilities Grants, covering activities taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

The agenda of the December meeting, in addition to the awarding of grants also included the announcement of three new appointments to the Council by Governor Kay Ivey for six year terms beginning January 1, 2018. These new appointments are John C. Coleman of Dothan; Warren Duncan of Tuskegee; and Lynne Berry Vallely of Huntsville. In another action by the Governor, former Council member Lisa Blach Weil of Montgomery was reappointed to fill the remaining two year term of William Sellers resigning to assume a Governor’s appointment to the Alabama Supreme Court. 

Commenting on Council appointments, Al Head, Executive Director of the Council said, “These three newly appointed Council members bring outstanding backgrounds of service to the arts and their level of expertise and leadership will contribute significantly to the mission of the Council. The newly appointed members represent awareness of the arts from diverse geographic regions of the state and a track record of support for enhancing the quality of life in Alabama,” Head emphasized. 

John C. Coleman, Dothan is executive vice-president and general counsel for Coleman World Group, LLC, a transportation company with 250 million in annual revenue and operating in nineteen U.S. States and one U.S. Territory. Mr. Coleman manages all regulatory, compliance and legal issues for the company. Mr. Coleman is a past board member of Southeast Alabama Community Theatre and is an active participant in its productions. He has also been a financial partner of education programs at the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Warren Duncan, Tuskegee is the MVA Chair, and Head of Fine & Performing Arts at Tuskegee University. Mr. Duncan has been at Tuskegee since 1972, and served as Director of Bands from 1976 to 2015. Mr. Duncan is a member of several fraternal and music oriented organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega. Under his direction, the band has won several awards and recognition for their excellence in performance, timing and presentation.


Lynne Berry Vallely, Huntsville is the former Director for Advancement at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Prior to HudsonAlpha, Berry was the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County.  She has service experience on a number of important boards, including Leadership Alabama, the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama, and the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program.

The Council elected a new slate of officers for two-year terms through 2019. Joel T. Daves IV of Mobile, as Chairman; Jim Harrison III of Tuscaloosa as Vice-Chair and Dr. Henry Panion of Birmingham, as Secretary of the Council.

Rebecca T. B. Quinn of Huntsville and Elaine Johnson of Dothan rotated off the Council board after twenty-years of distinguished service. Both served in numerous capacities while on the board. Ms. Quinn served as Chairman from 2006-2007. 

Final action at the December meeting was the presentation of a token of appreciation to Dora James as she completes her 2-year term as Council Chairman. Mr. Head, making the special presentation to Mrs. James commented, “Dora represents a dedication to supporting the arts and her state with honor and distinction. She deserves a place in the Council’s Hall of Fame because her contributions are significant and long-lasting.”

For more information about a particular grant listed below, contact Barbara Reed, Public Information Officer at 334-242-4076, ext. 223.

County

Grantee

City

Description

Discipline

Grant

Autauga

Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council

Prattville

Festival Coordinator Position

Community Arts

$2,550.00

 

Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council

Prattville

Celebration of the Arts/Festival

Community Arts

$10,000.00

Barbour

Eufaula Heritage Association

Eufaula

Music for the 53rd Eufaula Pilgrimage

Community Arts

$3,250.00

Bibb

City of Brent

Brent

Jazz in the Park

Community Arts

$1,000.00

Bullock

Tourism Council Bullock Co-Red Door Theatre

Union Springs

Present 3 plays at the Red Door Theatre.

Community Arts

$4,500.00

Chilton

Chilton County Arts Council

Clanton

March Gourd Madness Festival, 2018

Community Arts

$2,650.00

Coffee

Foundation154

Elba

Artistic Director Salary

Community Arts

$2,400.00

Colbert

City of Sheffield

Sheffield

SummerStock at the Ritz/Les Miserables

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

Florence

Muscle Shoals Music Makers

Folklife

$2,800.00

 

Oka Kapassa Festival, Inc.

Tuscumbia,

Oka Kapassa--Sharing the Legends

Community Arts

$3,500.00

 

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Tuscumbia

Aaron Tennessee Benson' Ceramics

Visual Arts

$3,000.00

 

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Tuscumbia

SummerStock at the Ritz/Les Miserables

Community Arts

$5,000.00

Covington

Andalusia Ballet Association

Andalusia

Ballet Concert with Alabama Ballet

Performing Arts

$5,310.00

 

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Andalusia

"Our Story, Our Song"

Folklife

$3,500.00

Dale

Dale County Council of Arts & Humanities

Ozark

Quilts of Many Colors - Past and Present

Folklife

$1,130.00

Dallas

Arts Revive-CDC

Selma

Administrative salary support

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Blackbelt Benefit Group

Selma

Play Selma in the Street

Community Arts

$1,000.00

 

Downtown Selma Assoc./Main Street Selma

Selma

Elementary Art in Downtown Windows

Community Arts

$4,500.00

 

Selma Art Guild

Selma

Part-time staff position

Visual Arts

$1,100.00

DeKalb

Mentone Area Arts Council

Mentone

Summer Music Series 2018

Community Arts

$1,000.00

 

Mentone Area Arts Council

Mentone

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Arts in Education

$1,000.00

 

Gary Waldrep

Albertville

Old-Time/Bluegrass Music Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

Etowah

Gadsden Symphony Orchestra

Gadsden

GSO Winter Classics/Spring Pops Concerts

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

Fayette

Fayette County Board of Education

Fayette

BES Arts in the School Project 2018

Arts in Education

$2,000.00

Greene

Annette Jordan

Eutaw

Pine Needle Basketry Apprenticeship

Folklife

$1,000.00

 

Odessa S Rice

Eutaw

Pine Needle Basket Apprenticeship

Folklife

$1,000.00

Hale

The Newbern Library, Inc.

Newbern

Taking a Second Look: following the path

Community Arts

$2,600.00

Henry

Sherry Burkhalter

Newville

Quilting Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

Houston

Wiregrass Blues Society

Dothan

2018 Wiregrass Blues Fest

Folklife

$6,000.00

 

Wiregrass Museum of Art, Inc.

Dothan

Art Education Technology

Arts in Education

$5,000.00

Jackson

Redemption Town Partners

Scottsboro

Pictures of Hope

Community Arts

$4,000.00

Jefferson

Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation

Birmingham

Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Alabama Dance Council, Inc.

Birmingham

Alabama Minority Choreographers Festival

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Alabama Folklife Association

Birmingham

Common Threads:  Sewing Our Stories

Folklife

$1,400.00

 

Alabama Moving Image Association

Birmingham

20th Anniversary Sidewalk Film Festival

Visual Arts

$4,500.00

 

Ballard House Project, Inc

Birmingham

Cooking Samba Project

Performing Arts

$5,220.00

 

Better Basics, Inc.

Birmingham

Ruth and the Green Book

Arts in Education

$2,000.00

 

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

QUARK: Quilting Activity Resource Kit

Visual Arts

$5,200.00

 

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Mountain Brook

 Percussion Concert & Outreach

Performing Arts

$3,870.00

 

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Mountain Brook

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Performing Arts

$4,000.00

 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham

Foot Soldiers Portraits Exhibition

Visual Arts

$4,500.00

 

Jason Burns

Birmingham

Musical Instrument Making and Repair

Folklife

$2,000.00

 

Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections

Birmingham

Imagination Festival

Community Arts

$3,050.00

 

Bob Friedman

Birmingham

Gospel Quartet Apprenticeship

Folklife

$1,000.00

 

Gardendale Magnolia Festival, Inc.

Gardendale

Jugtown Pottery Demonstration and Class

Community Arts

$1,150.00

 

Girls Rock Birmingham

Birmingham

Girls Rock Birmingham Camp Workshops

Community Arts

$1,250.00

 

Nathifa Dance Company and Outreach Inc.

Irondale

NDC 25th Anniversary "The Journey"

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Norwood Resource Center

Birmingham

"Oh Happy Day!" Celebrating 50 years

Community Arts

$2,800.00

 

PaperWorkers Local

Birmingham

Printmaking workshops and exhibitions

Visual Arts

$6,500.00

 

Sanspointe Dance Company

Birmingham

2018 Summer Tour: Have Dance Will Travel

Performing Arts

$3,780.00

 

Sloss Furnaces Foundation

Birmingham

Summer Youth Apprenticeship

Visual Arts

$6,500.00

 

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Women's Exhibition-Emerging Artists

Visual Arts

$4,500.00

 

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Summer Art Camps

Visual Arts

$6,500.00

 

Barry Taylor

Birmingham

Gospel Quartet Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

 

The Exceptional Foundation

Homewood

Art Program Enhancement

Community Arts

$2,500.00

 

UAB's Alys Stephens Center

Birmingham

UAB's ASC Presents Ronald K. Brown

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

UAB's Alys Stephens Center

Birmingham

UAB's ASC Presents ThirdCoastPercussion

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Vulcan Park and Museum

Birmingham

Birmingham History on the Road

Arts in Education

$3,000.00

Lauderdale

Kennedy-Douglass Ctr. for the Arts Volunteers

Florence

Arts Alive 2018 - Visual Arts Festival

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Honor Orchestra for High School Players

Performing Arts

$2,100.00

 

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Disney Live: Ratatouille

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

University of North Alabama -- Writer's Series

Florence

Performance by Joy Harjo

Literary Arts

$5,225.00

Lawrence

Community Information & Education Radio

Moulton

Downtown Live! 2018

Community Arts

$1,000.00

Lee

Auburn University

Auburn Univ

Out of the Box Artist Lecture Series

Visual Arts

$4,500.00

Lee

City of Auburn

Auburn

Adventures in Art 2018

Arts in Education

$4,000.00

 

The Arts Association of East Alabama

Opelika

East Alabama Arts Performance Series

Community Arts

$7,500.00

Macon

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee

M.U.S.I.C. for the Masses

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

Madison

Alabama Educational Theatre Association

Madison

2018 Alabama Thespian Festival

Performing Arts

$2,400.00

 

Alabama Orchestra Association

Huntsville

Alabama All State Orchestra Festival

Performing Arts

$4,540.00

 

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre

Huntsville

The Dance Connection

Performing Arts

$3,870.00

 

Ars Nova Incorporated

Huntsville

2018 Season of Operas, Recitals & Tours

Performing Arts

$12,000.00

 

Loretta Bennett

Huntsville

Quilting Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

 

Community Ballet Association, Inc.

Huntsville

Consolidated Spring/Summer Performances

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Community Ballet Association, Inc.

Huntsville

Public Relations/Development

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Huntsville Chamber Music Guild

Huntsville

Presentation of chamber music concerts

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Travelling Drums Percussion Program

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Huntsville Literary Association

Huntsville

American Shakespeare Center on Tour

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Huntsville Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Tennessee Valley Music Festival

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Independent Musical Productions, Inc.

Huntsville

Shrek the Musical

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Lyrique Music Productions

Madison

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association

Huntsville

1942 Alan Lomax Sacred Harp Recordings

Folklife

$5,000.00

 

Tennessee Valley Jazz Society, Inc.

Huntsville

The Evolution of African-American Music

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

Marengo

Estelle Jackson

Demopolis

White Oak Basketry Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

Marion

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

Salary for Event Coordinator/Manager

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

City of Winfield Pastime Theatre

Winfield

2018 four-performance concert series

Community Arts

$6,000.00

 

Jeff Wilburn

Hamilton

Folk Pottery Apprenticeship

Folklife

$1,000.00

Marshall

Mountain Valley Arts Council

Guntersville

Spring and Fall Concert Series 2018

Community Arts

$1,750.00

Mobile

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival

Mobile

Jazz Music Appreciation

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

History Museum of Mobile Board

Mobile

African American Music Festival

Community Arts

$1,200.00

 

Mobile Assoc. for Retarded Citizens

Mobile

Art Education to Enhance Lives

Visual Arts

$3,250.00

 

Mobile Medical Museum

Mobile

Commissioned works by April Livingston

Visual Arts

$2,000.00

 

Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Visual Arts

$6,500.00

 

Charlie Tran

Irvington

Traditional Lion Dance Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

Monroe

Coastal Alabama Community College

Monroeville

21st Annual Alabama Writers Symposium

Literary Arts

$3,950.00

Montgomery

Alabama Alliance for Arts Education

Montgomery

Bicentennial Youth Art: People

Arts in Education

$5,000.00

 

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

RDA/SERBA Dance Festival

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts

Montgomery

ACES for Students 2: Arts Connections

Arts in Education

$5,000.00

Montgomery

Alabama Music Teachers Association

Montgomery

Alabama Music Educators Conference

Performing Arts

$1,000.00

 

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

2018 Alabama Bicentennial Plays

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Auburn-Montgomery Southern Studies

Montgomery

Southern Studies Artist Exhibition

Visual Arts

$1,000.00

 

Booker T. Washington Magnet H.S.

Montgomery

Collaborative Residency

Arts in Education

$5,000.00

 

Capri Community Film Society, Inc

Montgomery

First Lady of the Revolution Screenings

Visual Arts

$2,650.00

 

ClefWorks, Inc.

Montgomery

Westerlies Festival - Schools & Concerts

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

DesignAlabama, Inc.

Montgomery

DesignPlace

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Faith Crusade Ministries

Montgomery

Art On the Square: More To The Story

Community Arts

$3,000.00

 

Friends of the Archives

Montgomery

Alabama Quilts: Wilderness Through WWII

Folklife

$6,000.00

 

Jubilee Community Center

Montgomery

Discover India through Dance

Folklife

$2,450.00

 

Montgomery Civic Chorale

Montgomery

Cultural and Artistic Exchange Tour

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

 

Montgomery Symphony Association

Montgomery

Alabama Bicentennial Jubilee Concert

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

Montgomery Symphony Association

Montgomery

MMP Summer Camp

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

The Arts Council of Montgomery

Montgomery

Aces

Community Arts

$3,550.00

 

The Cloverdale Playhouse

Montgomery

3 productions, 2018 Mainstage Season

Performing Arts

$12,000.00

Morgan

Princess Theatre Center for Performing Arts

Decatur

Administrative support Programs

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

Pike

Brundidge Historical Society

Brundidge

Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival

Folklife

$2,800.00

 

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Troy

Spring Plantin':New Beginnings, Old Ways

Folklife

$2,080.00

 

Troy Arts Council of Troy, Alabama

Troy

2018 Performing Arts Season

Community Arts

$3,700.00

 

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Troy

ArtBridges Teacher Development Workshop

Arts in Education

$5,000.00

Randolph

Deborah Traylor

Woodland

Rag Rug Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

Shelby

Shelby County Arts Council

Columbiana

Fine Folk Art Event and Exhibition

Community Arts

$1,900.00

 

University of Montevallo Foundation

Montevallo

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, an Opera

Performing Arts

$1,000.00

 

D. Jan Walker

Alabaster

Chair Weaving Apprenticeship

Folklife

$1,500.00

Sumter

Sumter County Fine Arts Council

Livingston

Legacy Concert: The Rhythm of Life

Community Arts

$500.00

 

Sumter County Fine Arts Council

Livingston

Community Unity Concert

Community Arts

$500.00

 

The University of West Alabama

Livingston

The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival

Folklife

$2,220.00

 

Voices of Triumph, LBT

Aliceville

Voice of Triumph Celebration of the Arts

Community Arts

$4,000.00

Talladega

Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind Foundation

Talladega

Deaf.Blind.Limitless: Art Unlimited

Community Arts

$5,000.00

 

Jemison Carnegie Heritage Hall

Talladega

"Sense of Place: Past"

Visual Arts

$5,200.00

Tuscaloosa

Alabama Blues Project

Northport

Summer Blues Camp

Folklife

$2,200.00

 

Sharon W. Bounds

Northport

Old-Time Fiddling Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

 

Kentuck Museum Association

Northport

Kentuck Education and Events 2018

Visual Arts

$3,500.00

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Association

Tuscaloosa

Dancing Musical Characters

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

UA Theatre and Dance

Tuscaloosa

Separate and Equal

Performing Arts

$6,000.00

 

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

TREE ARMY: The CCC Project

Performing Arts

$3,000.00

Wilcox

Claudia Pettway Charley

Boykin

Quilting Apprenticeship

Folklife

$2,000.00

 

China Pettway