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Click the images below for a concise summary of the history and purpose of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and a listing of member organizations and other cultural entities in Tuscaloosa County.

The Arts Council: History and Purpose

The Arts Council History and Purpose

Creative Community: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Creative Community


We celebrated our 50th year in 2020!
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Established in 1970 by a group of citizens dedicated to the arts, the Mission of The Arts Council is to promote and encourage the arts and humanities in Tuscaloosa County. The Arts Council serves as the umbrella organization for 50 Member Organizations, offers educational programs and manages the historic Bama Theatre and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.

Member Organizations are local nonprofit arts and cultural groups that contribute to the local arts community through their programming and educational services.

The Bama Theatre is a historic theatre located in downtown Tuscaloosa surrounded by restaurants and nightlife. The theatre has been a Tuscaloosa feature since 1938 and continues as a venue for entertainment and art. 

In 2013, The Arts Council restored the former Allen & Jemison building on the corner of 7th Street and Greensboro Avenue on the same block as the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. This historic building was transformed into the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (CAC), which is hub for the arts in Tuscaloosa.


Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report Cover



Annual Report 2020


2019 Annual Report



2017-18 Annual Report


Annual Report 2017

2016 - 17








2015 - 16

Annual Report 2014-15






2014 - 15


Annual Report 2013-14

2013 - 14

Annual Report 2012-13

2012 - 13


Annual Report 2011-12







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The programs featured on this site are made possible in part by support from the
Alabama State Council on the Arts.




A division of the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority