For Immediate Release                                                                  
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact:  Sharron Rudowski



(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is announcing its annual Small Grants Program, awarding projects by Tuscaloosa County artists and non-profit organizations and also grants to local teachers for arts related projects through the newly established Monster Makeover Grant Program.

Since the advent of the Small Grants program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $125,000. The Arts Council is now accepting applications from local artists and organizations for grants for upcoming projects taking place from June 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015. Recipients will be announced by April, 2015. A one-to-one match of funds is required for those applying for grants. Grants are awarded to new and developing programs or organizations or to special projects of high artistic quality which cannot be self-supporting but meet one or more of The Arts Council’s goals. These goals include the promotion of the arts and humanities in Tuscaloosa County.

Organizations may apply for Small Grants Program awards for such projects as exhibits, festivals, residencies, consultants, attendance at seminars, institutes, workshops by artistic and/or administrative staff and productions. Professional artists may apply for small grants for pilot or short-term projects or opportunities such as seminars, workshops, conferences, or apprenticeships with master artists.

The maximum Small Grant available to organizations is $1000 and $750 to individuals.

Proceeds from the Monster Makeover program have been used to help establish funds that are specifically earmarked for arts in education through the Community Foundation of West Alabama. Local educators pursuing any arts related project can apply for funding from the Foundation through The Arts Council with a deadline of March 1 for grant activities which are to start June 1, 2015 and be completed by April 30, 2016.  To date, Monster Makeover has raised more than $10,000 for arts education.

Guidelines and applications for both grant programs are available online at  Additional information is available to individuals or groups interested in applying by calling Sharron Rudowski, Director of Education Programs, at 345-9801.

For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre visit or follow the group on Facebook at “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and Twitter.  Call 205-758-5195 for further information.