Four partnerships were initially created, and since 1985 the program has grown to the current participation of approximately 90 adopters for the 56 public schools in the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School Systems.

The Arts Council is a partner to Westwood Elementary School located in west Tuscaloosa County in Coker. The Council contributes to the high educational standards set by the school’s staff and faculty through such programs as Spectrafest, Westwood Art Month at the Bama and the Gail Skidmore Memorial Scholarship.

Westwood Art Month at the Bama: April-May 2024

Westwood Art Month at the Bama” will take place April 29-May 17, 2024 and will feature the fine arts programs of Westwood Elementary. The annual event will include an exhibit of the students’ visual art in the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery and the 17th annual Musical Extravaganza in the theatre on April 30. The events are sponsored by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Westwood’s adopt-a-school partner.

The Musical Extravaganza will take place on April 30th at 7 p.m. on stage at the Bama Theatre. The Westwood Singers will present “Night at the Movies.” Over 60 students in grades one through four will participate in this production, with Chris Babb conducting. Admission to the musical is $1 for adults and teens and $1 for children twelve and under who are not performing on stage. Tickets will be available at the box office.

Art work created by students in grades K-4 will be displayed at the Bama’s Junior League Gallery April 29-May 17. All work is original and consists of drawing and painting. Awards for Best of Show, first, second, third and honorable mention will be presented in grades K-2 and 3-4. Admission to the exhibit is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. and also during Bama Theatre events. Enter the gallery through The Arts Council offices, located on the second floor of the PARA Building, if visiting during office hours.

The Arts Council is Westwood’s partner in the Tuscaloosa County Adopt-A-School program. For more information about the program, visit the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama at