Arts Council Awards $100,000 in Grants to Local Groups

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Arts Council Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff joined with city officials, Art Council member organizations and individual artists today at the Von Braun Center Playhouse to salute the 16 local arts organizations receiving grants through the inaugural Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

In August 2012, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle championed a new city investment in the arts and cultural sector when he proposed a 2013 fiscal year budget which included $100,000 for The Arts Council to distribute through a competitive, pass-through grants program.

These funds were designed to provide public funding for local arts and cultural organization snot otherwise funded through the city’s budget.

Arts Council Board President Gaylen Pugh recognized the grant award recipients for their contributions to Huntsville’s quality of life, education, and their economic impact.

“We salute Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and the Huntsville City Council for appropriation these FY13 pass-through grant funds.  We are confident that each of the grantees will invest these funds in Huntsville and continue to strengthen our quality of life while providing a direct economic return on the city’s investment,” said Pugh.

The following organizations were awarded grants:

– Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre: $7,170 for its 2013 season

– Ars Nova School of the Arts: 4,655 for its 2013 season

– Barbershop Harmony Society: $849 for the 2013 “What a Wonderful World Show”

– Broadway Theatre League: $9,135 for its Free Student Outreach Program

– Community Ballet Association: $9,214 for its 2013 season

– Dance All Productions: $6,306 for the “Girls Like Us” program

– Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre: $8,035 for its 2013 season

– Huntsville Art League: $7,079 for its SmART program

– Huntsville Community Chorus Association: $5,598 for its 2013 production of “The Music Man”

– Huntsville Literary Association: $2,887 for support of the Shakespeare Center on Tour and the Young Writers Contest

– Huntsville Master Chorale: $2,196 for its Cinco de Mayo concerts

– Huntsville Youth Orchestra: $5,601 for its 2013 concert series

– Independent Musical Productions: $7,799 for the 2013 production of “Cats”

– Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center: $7,642 for the 2013 season

– Tennessee Valley Jazz Society: $8,978 for its Jazz Studies Program

– Theatre Huntsville: $6,856 for the 2013 season

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