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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release                                                                  
The Arts Council
Contact:  Sharron Rudowski
758-5195, x4


(Tuscaloosa)   The Arts Council is announcing its annual Small Grants Program, awarding projects by Tuscaloosa County artists and non-profit organizations.  Since the advent of the 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 for the 2012 - 2013 year.  The deadline for grant applications is October 1, 2012.  Recipients will be announced by October 31, 2012, and a total of $7,500 will be awarded. 

A one-to-one match of funds is required for those applying for grants. Recipients for 2011-2012 were Tuscaloosa Elementary Magnet School, Southview Middle School, Southview Elementary School, Creative Campus – UA, Children’s Hands On Museum, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Richard M. Nowell, Lynn Andrews and the Actor’s Charitable Theatre. 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 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 grant available to organizations is $1000 and $750 to individuals.  Visual art teachers in the city and county school systems are encouraged to apply for a special $1000 grant which is earmarked specifically for a visual arts project or activity. 

Guidelines and applications are available online at www.tuscarts.org/smallgrants.  Additional information is available to individuals or groups interested in applying by calling 758-5195.

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




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