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ASCA awards grants totaling $323,560

ASCA awards grants totaling $323,560

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 114 grants totaling $323,560 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on December 9, 2011. This round of grants will support literature, arts in education, folk art, community, performing, and visual arts programs October 1, 2011–September 30, 2012. Also included in this round of awards are folklife apprenticeship grants.

Those organizations receiving literature grants include the Walnut Gallery in Gadsden for its Walnut Poetry Series, the Birmingham Public Library for its Bards & Brews and Word Up! 2012 programs, Alabama Southern Community College for the Alabama Writers Symposium, and the University of Montevallo for the Montevallo Literary Festival.

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 the overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state.

These recent grants are in response to applications submitted under the September 1, 2011, deadline and represent the third round of grants awarded in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The fifteen-member Council is chaired by James Harrison III of Tuscaloosa. Board members are appointed for six-year terms by the governor to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council is to make decisions on 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.

The next deadline for the submission of grant applications is March 1, 2012, for Fellowships and Art & Cultural Facilities, covering activities taking place between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants programs and provides technical assistance in arts planning and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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