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For Immediate Release

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. Grants to local teachers for arts related projects are also available through the Community Foundation’s Arts in Education Grant. 

The Arts Council is now accepting grant applications from local artists and organizations for upcoming projects taking place between Oct. 31, 2017 and May 1, 2018. The deadline for applications is Oct. 2, 2017. Recipients will be announced by Oct. 27, 2017. 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.

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 grants covering pilot or short-term projects or opportunities such as seminars, workshops, conferences, or apprenticeships with master artists. Since the advent of the Small Grants Program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $125,000.   

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

The Arts in Education Grant provides funds that are specifically earmarked for arts related projects 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 Oct. 2, 2017 for grant activities which will be taking place between Oct. 31, 2017 and May 1, 2018. 

Guidelines and applications for both grant programs are available online at www.tuscarts.org/smallgrants.  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 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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