State Arts Council Meets in the Rocket City

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama State Council on the Arts is meeting in Huntsville this week, the first time in several years the group has come to the Rocket City.

Local art community leaders say having the council in Huntsville is vital for future funding for projects.

The Council on the Arts was created in 1966 by Governor George C. Wallace, according to the groups website. Executive Director Albert Head says they have seen "innovative and sophisticated art projects," and he says Huntsville is definitely establishing itself as an art and cultural hot spot in the state.

The board toured Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment facility Thursday. Earlier in the day, they also visited the performing arts site Merrimack Hall.

The Arts Council is responsible for dividing out state and federal grant money throughout the state. Head says the last several years have been difficult with budget cuts.

"There are lots of worthy projects, it's about trying to put the right funding for the right project at the right time," Head says.

The group will meet Friday to announce winners of grants from past proposals and Head says they have already received more than $800,000 in grant request for the next grant cycle.