The Alabama State Council on the Arts Awards $517,900 in CARES Funding to Alabama Arts Organizations


MONTGOMERY,
ALA – On June 4, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded $517,900 in
CARES funding at its quarterly meeting in Montgomery. The $457,900 in federal
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding from the
National Endowment for the Arts was combined with $60,000 from South Arts, a
regional 9-state arts organization to aid the
arts industry recovery effort in Alabama.

Support is critical as
arts organizations reemerge as vibrant parts of the Alabama’s creative economy.
Artists and arts organizations are an integral part of communities and increase
the quality of life for all citizens. Arts organizations are also economic
drivers, bringing tourism revenue to communities and providing thousands of
jobs statewide. These CARES grants will aid small, medium, and large arts
organizations as they sustain operations and retain jobs through these
difficult times. The grants must be used to support salaries and independent
contractor costs as well as costs essential to organizational operations such
as rent and utilities.

As a result of
receiving the CARES stimulus funding from the National Endowment for the Arts
and South Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts created a special grant
application for organizations in which they could apply for funding as part of
the Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants program.
Applications were evaluated based on financial and employment impact and
narrative descriptions. The need for arts support in the state far exceeded the
availability of CARES funding currently available, but the Council is grateful
to be able to help 80 arts organizations throughout Alabama through this
program.

Organization

City

County

Award

21 Dreams Arts & Culture, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,500.00

Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

Alabama Blues Project

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$5,000.00

Alabama Dance Council, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Alabama Dance Theatre

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000.00

Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000.00

Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Andalusia Ballet Association, Inc.

Andalusia

Covington

$5,000.00

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$10,000.00

Auburn Area Community Theatre

Auburn

Lee

$2,500.00

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Birmingham Museum of Art (dba Art Fund Birmingham, Inc.)

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Black Belt Treasures

Camden

Wilcox

$5,000.00

Blackbelt Benefit Group

Selma

Dallas

$2,500.00

Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

Capri Community Film Society

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

Centre for the Living Arts, DBA Alabama Contemporary Art Ctr

Mobile

Mobile

$10,000.00

CEPA Management Corp.

Pell City

St. Clair

$5,000.00

Children’s Dance Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

ClefWorks, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$2,500.00

Cloverdale Playhouse, Inc.

Montgomery

Montgomery

$5,000.00

Cultural Arts Center

Dothan

Houston

$2,500.00

Dale County Performing Arts Council

Ozark

Dale

$2,500.00

DanceAll Productions, Inc.

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000.00

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, Inc.

Dauphin Island

Mobile

$5,000.00

Decatur Youth Symphony, Inc.

Decatur

Morgan

$2,500.00

Eastern Shore Art Association, Inc

Fairhope

Baldwin

$10,000.00

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre

Fairhope

Baldwin

$2,500.00

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000.00

Florence Arts and Museums

Florence

Lauderdale

$5,000.00

Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections, Inc.

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc.

Gadsden

Etowah

$10,000.00

Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Gadsden

Etowah

$2,500.00

Historic Zodiac Playhouse

Florence

Lauderdale

$2,500.00

Huntsville Community Drumline

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

Huntsville Museum of Art

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000.00

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000.00

Huntsville Youth Orchestra

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

Independent Musical Productions

Huntsville

Madison

$2,500.00

Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Northport

Tuscaloosa

$7,500.00

Little River Arts Council, Inc.

Mentone

DeKalb

$2,500.00

Magic City Smooth Jazz

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center

Huntsville

Madison

$5,000.00

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

Birmingham, Al

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Mobile Ballet, Inc

Mobile

Mobile

$10,000.00

Mobile Museum

Mobile

Mobile

$10,000.00

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$10,000.00

Montgomery Symphony Association

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,500.00

Opera Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Patti Rutland Jazz Inc.

Dothan

Houston

$2,500.00

Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Decatur

Morgan

$2,900.00

Red Mountain Theatre Company

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Shoals Symphony Orchestra

Florence

Lauderdale

$10,000.00

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Sipsey Arts Alliance

Fayette

Fayette

$2,500.00

Sloss Furnaces Foundation

Birmingham

Jefferson

$2,500.00

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre

Dothan

Houston

$2,500.00

Southeast Alabama Dance Company

Dothan

Houston

$5,000.00

Space One Eleven

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Spark Theater Company, LLC

Dothan

Houston

$2,500.00

State of Alabama Ballet, Inc

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,500.00

Studio By The Tracks

Irondale

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Tennessee Valley Art Association

Tuscumbia

Colbert

$7,500.00

Terrific New Theatre

Birmingham

Jefferson

$7,500.00

The American Gospel Quartet Convention

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

The Arts Association of East Alabama, Inc.

Opelika

Lee

$10,000.00

The Arts Council, Inc., dba Arts Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000.00

The Joe Jefferson Players, Inc.

Mobile

Mobile

$5,000.00

The King’s Canvas

Montgomery

Montgomery

$7,500.00

Theatre Huntsville

Huntsville

Madison

$10,000.00

Theatre Tuscaloosa, Inc.

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$10,000.00

Tri-State Community Orchestra Association

Dothan

Houston

$2,500.00

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Troy

Pike

$2,500.00

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra

Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa

$10,000.00

Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc.

Tuskegee

Macon

$10,000.00

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham

Jefferson

$10,000.00

Virginia Samford Theatre/Metropolitan Arts Center

Birmingham

Jefferson

$5,000.00

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Dothan

Houston

$10,000.00

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. 

For more information about Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief
Grants, contact Barbara Reed, Public Information Officer at 334-242-5153.
Please visit: www.arts.alabama.gov. 

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