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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release                                                  
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact:  Shannon McCue


(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa recently awarded grants to local non-profit organizations for arts related projects. The awards took place through its annual Small Grants Program with financial assistance provided to diverse sectors in the arts and arts education. Grants were also awarded through the Arts in Education portion of the Community Foundation of West Alabama. 

The Small Grants Program was established to aid Tuscaloosa County non-profit organizations, educators and artists in their pursuit of projects contributing to the greater good of local students and citizens through the arts. Organizations can apply for awards for such projects as exhibits, festivals, residencies, consultants, attendance at seminars, institutes, workshops by artistic and/or administrative staff and productions. Professional artists can apply for small grants for pilot or short-term projects or opportunities such as seminars, workshops, conferences or apprenticeships with master artists. Since the advent of the program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $140,000.

Teachers employed by K-12 schools within Tuscaloosa County are eligible to apply for funding for art related projects through the Arts in Education Grant. Grant applications are made through The Arts Council with funding distributed by the Community Foundation of West Alabama.

A committee comprised of members of The Arts Council’s Board of Directors was in charge of the selection process for both grant programs. The yearly deadline for submission of completed applications is October 1 with required forms and guidelines available at tuscarts.org/smallgrants.

The following grants were awarded for 2021-2022:

Small Grants: Individual Artists
Molly Lay: Fellowship Project

Small Grants: Organizations
Alabama Choir School: Choreographer for Show Choir Selections/Ambassador and Chamber Choirs
Stillman College Art Dept.: West End Art and Makers Festival
Tuscaloosa City Schools: Equity of Access to Arts Education Opportunities-Transportation
Kentuck Art Center: Good Trouble Virtual Field Trip

Arts in Education Grants:
Central High School: Melissa Guynes for Puppet Show Presentation-Cultures from Around the World
Paul W. Bryant High School: Michelle McDonald for Building Bridges to the Future Through Music Industries
Northridge High School: Richard Nowell for 2022 National Arts Education Conference

For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre, or Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.



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