Alabama Receives $1,104,900 in Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama State Council on the Arts announces $1,104,900 in grants awarded to organizations in Alabama from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In total, the federal arts agency awarded over $84 million for 1,143 new grants to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. Grants were awarded in 13 artistic disciplines, arts research, and partnership agreements with all U.S. state and regional arts agencies.   

for these recommended grants were submitted to the Arts Endowment last
summer and reflected the wide range of performances, exhibitions, and
activities that the agency has
traditionally funded. This funding of activities supports goals of the Endowment to provide diverse forms of the arts to every American. Grants awarded reflect the second quarter of the NEA’s regular grantmaking cycle and are separate from grants related to CARES Act funding. 

the end of March 2020, the listed projects were approved, followed by
two months of extensive technical assistance in which agency staff
worked one-on-one with hundreds of organizations to adjust their
projects to meet the new reality created by the pandemic. Changes
include postponing activities
and  adapting arts activities and programming to be delivered virtually.
As a result of this, plus additional work related to the CARES Act,
project descriptions are not being included in the grant listings. The
most current information for all projects is available at

awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts
projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts
organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their
doors for months”
said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National
Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the
arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts
can heal and unite us.”

Dr. Elliot Knight, Executive Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA),
said, “The National Endowment for the Arts support is vital to
enriching Alabama’s communities and expanding the quality of life for
its citizens. These federal funds support arts education activities,
arts projects, folklife, as well as programming in diverse
artistic disciplines
throughout the state. Alabama will greatly benefit from this federal
investment in the arts.” Federal funds are combined with additional
funding appropriated by the Alabama Legislature and are re-granted to
over 200 organizations annually across Alabama. The return on investment
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
offers different methods of solving problems. In addition, the National
Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the
country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of
their educational and life experiences. Every grant that Alabama makes
at the state level
is a reflection of the
national effort to make the arts available to all of our citizens. The
Alabama State Council on the Arts is proud to work with its federal
partner, expanding the benefit of the arts.

Dr. Knight went on to add, “In
addition to applying for grants offered by ASCA, we encourage arts
organizations throughout Alabama to stay informed about the National
Endowment for the Arts grant programs and to submit applications
directly to the
Arts Endowment to seek support for future endeavors.  

Number of Grants Awarded in Alabama: 7     Total Dollar Amount: $1,104,900  

Auburn University Main Campus – $45,000  
Auburn, AL           Art Works – Visual Arts  

Magic City Smooth Jazz – $10,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works – Music  
Space One Eleven, Inc. – $20,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works – Visual Arts  

State of Alabama Ballet, Inc. (aka Alabama Ballet) $10,000  
Birmingham, AL           Art Works – Dance  

University of Alabama at Birmingham – $100,000  
Birmingham, AL           Research Grants in the Arts – Research  

Arts Council, Inc. – $100,000  
Huntsville, AL           Art Works – Arts Education  

Alabama State Council on the Arts – $819,900  
Montgomery, AL          Partnership – State & Regional  

National Endowment for the Arts’ State & Regional Partnership
grants enables agencies such as the Alabama State Council on the Arts to
respond to needs identified through public planning undertaken with
their constituents, partners, and stakeholders. This investment in
locally-determined priorities extends federal reach and impact, translating national leadership into local benefit. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts 

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
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. Visit to
learn more.

About the Alabama State Council on the Arts 

Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of
Alabama. 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. 

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