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“Support the Arts Tag” license tag committee awards grants totaling $66,000 at its July meeting


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Alabama Arts License Tag Committee awarded 20 grants totaling $66,000 during a teleconference meeting on July 15, 2020. This round of grants will support arts in education, community arts, literature, folklife, performing, and visual arts programs July 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2020.

The Committee makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, arts organizations, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups according to the Distinctive License Tags and Plates Legislation. Funds generated by the purchase of the “Support the Arts” license tag greatly benefit arts activities throughout our state.

The recent grants are in response to applications submitted under the June 15, 2020 deadline and represent the second round of grants awarded in the 2020 fiscal year. Dr. Henry Panion III of Birmingham chairs the 6-member Committee which includes: Andy Meadows of Birmingham, Cynthia Thrash of Opelika, Jane Kohl of Guntersville, Donna Russell of Montgomery, and Allison Dillon-Jauken of Huntsville. Committee members are appointed from all regions of the state so there is a geographic representation statewide.

Committee members are appointed according to directives in the legislation mentioned and meet twice annually. The primary responsibility of the Committee is to make decisions on grants awarded that support art programs, and arts education throughout the state.

Committee members serve on a voluntary basis and one member is appointed by each of the following organizations or individuals: the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alliance Arts Alliance, the State Department of Education, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Alabama citizens may obtain one of these specialty license tags when renewing their auto plate at their county’s Probate Judge’s Office. The Support the Arts license tag can be personalized at no additional fee. By purchasing the arts specialty tag, patrons not only show off a colorful tag, they promote the importance of funding the arts statewide.

For more information about a particular grant, contact Donna Russell, Executive Director or the Alabama Arts Alliance at 334-269-1435 or [email protected]

OrganizationCountyCity Amount Approved Project
Alabama Writers Forum


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services
Alabama Folklife Association


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services
Alabama Dance Council


JeffersonBirmingham $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services
Alabama Arts Alliance


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide ProgrammingServices
Alabama State Dept. of Education


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services
Alabama Craft Council, now known as Alabama Visual Arts Network


MontgomeryMontgomery $5,000.00 Statewide Programming Services
Alabama Communities of Excellence


MontgomeryMontgomery $2,500.00 “Community Seeds”
Academy of Academics and Art


MadisonHuntsville $2,500.00 “Technology in Dance Production”
Independent Musical Productions, Inc


MadisonHuntsville $2,500.00 “Newsies”
Paul W. Bryant High School


TuscaloosaCottondale $1,000.00“Photography Lighting”
Alma Bryant High School


MobileIrvington $2,500.00 “Utopian Weave”
DanceAll Productions


MadisonHuntsville $2,500.00 “Creative Natives Young Choreographer’s Forum”
Cenre for the Living Arts, DBA
Alabama Contemporary Art Center
MobileMobile $2,500.00 “Socially-distant Educational Opportunities”
Your Town Alabama


JeffersonBirmingham $2,500.00 “Three-day Workshop for Rural and Underserved Communities”
Selma Dallas Co Historic Preservation


DallasSelma $2,500.00 “Ceramic Art Program”
Mobile Ballet


MobileMobile $2,500.00 “Discover Dance”
Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement


TalladegaSylacauga $2,500.00 “Musical Theatre Education Program”
Orange Beach High School


BaldwinOrange Beach $2,500.00 “WE THE PEOPLE”
Valley Arts and Entertainment


MadisonHuntsville $2,500.00 “Music technology workshop and performance”

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