The city of Huntsville and the Huntsville Arts Council have partnered to earn a fifty thousand dollar National Endowment for The Arts grant. The “Our Town” grant is the first in Alabama, and Huntsville one of just 80 communities to receive the grants out of more than 300-applicants.
The grant supports the planning of a city-wide public art program, and in fact makes it easier for communities, businesses, and citizens to decide just what kind of public art is desired. Huntsville already has temporary art installations set up through the “Spaces” program and the grant would help facilitate more of that, but also the purchase and installation of permanent public art.
Mayor Tommy Battle was part of the grant announcement Thursday morning. The Mayor says he’s seen public art in other cities, and it definitely helps with the quality of life.”When you start having the arts on a continuous basis throughout your community, you have a reason to get out of your car and you have a reason so that you can talk with your neighbors some of the good things happening in your community, and that’s part of it,” says Mayor Battle.
Allison Dillon-Jauken, the Executive Director of the Arts Council believes the grant will facilitate creativity in all walks of life and Help the city keep it’s edge over the rest of the state. “Huntsville is already leading the way through a temporary sculpture installation like “Spaces”. This will further distinguish us, and make Huntsville unique and really a leader in science, technology and the arts.” says Dillon-Jauken.