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Board Members

Officers and Executive Committee 2020-2021

Anne Guthrie


Daniel Bradshaw


Ann Bourne


Brenda Randall


Amy Ahmed

Past President




Board Member of the Month - May 2021

The Arts Council Board of Directors is an integral part of the organization’s support system both within the Council and in the community at large. We will be featuring individual members of our board in our monthly newsletter and on our website.

Our fifth is Amy Cole Ahmed, Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors.

Amy Ahmed

Amy Cole Ahmed has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and currently serves as Immediate Past President. Amy is a former professional ballerina who first trained in New Jersey at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet and then with Leonid Kozlov, formerly of the New York City Ballet. She was invited to join the Alabama Ballet’s apprenticeship program during its inaugural year and was promoted to the company two years later. She performed for ten years with the Alabama Ballet and spent the 2003–2004 season touring nationally with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, a project of the Kennedy Center.

Since moving to Tuscaloosa in 2007, Amy has choreographed for The University of Alabama Dance Department and served as Artistic Director of Tuscaloosa Community Dancers for the 2012-2013 season, mounting two full length ballets at the Bama Theatre. In 2011, she received the Druid Arts Award for Dance Educator and in December 2015 earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership Studies from The University of Alabama. Upon graduation, she followed through with her Senior Project small business proposal by opening Druid City School of Ballet in downtown Tuscaloosa. In 2019, she formed a non-profit, Druid City Ballet, to provide outreach to the greater Tuscaloosa community.

“I guess the arts have always been an integral part of my life. I was fortunate to grow up just outside of New York City and had the opportunity to experience art in its many forms. I’m grateful to live in a community where the arts are vibrant, and I feel fortunate that I get to play a role in supporting the arts in Tuscaloosa through my position on The Arts Council board.”

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Elizabeth Glasscox
Katherine Gould
Jason Guynes
Elizabeth Hamner
Nini Jobson
Valery Minges
David Nelson
John Owens
Sandra Ray
Don Staley
Nanci Stewart
Theresa Wellbourne
Margaret Wilson