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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release
The Arts Council
Contact:  Sandra Wolfe
205-758-5195, x3

CITY OF TUSCALOOSA PARTNERS WITH ALABAMA POWER COMPANY FOUNDATION AND ALABAMA STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TUSCALOOSA

TUSCALOOSA- The Alabama Power Company Foundation, City of Tuscaloosa and Alabama State Council of the Arts will be recognized for their recent contributions to the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County on October 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The contributions will help fund the up and coming Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center that will be located in the former Allen Jemison building in downtown Tuscaloosa.  Named in honor of local legendary blues artist, Dinah Washington, the existing structure undergoing renovation is located on the same block as the Bama Theatre which is also maintained by the Council.  This is just one of the many efforts taking place in the restoration and development of historic downtown Tuscaloosa.

The center will be utilized in many ways to bring an array of attractions to the citizens of West Alabama including a black box theatre to be used for rehearsal and performances by local and national companies and an art gallery affiliated with The University of Alabama.  Additional areas will be designated for workshops, offices for local arts organizations, a catering space, art studios and storage facilities for The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.  Tuscaloosa is currently the largest city in the state of Alabama without a cultural arts center.

For information regarding the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, please contact Sandra Wolfe at 205-758-5195, ext. 3.

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