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Arts Huntsville Celebrates Arts Community Funding in State of the Arts Program

Published on January 19, 2022

photo of Mayor Battle with Arts Huntsville award recipients in front of a mural in Lowe Mill

Arts Huntsville hosted a celebration of the arts on Jan. 19, saluting the Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program recipients and featuring local guest speakers. Now in its tenth year, the 2022 Arts & Cultural Grant Program provided grant funding to 19 local arts organizations for support of their community programming.

The Huntsville City Council awarded $250,000 in pass-through grant funding as part of the City’s FY22 budget, and eligible Huntsville-based non-profit arts organizations completed detailed grant applications in the fall of 2021. A citizen-grant panel with experience in varied artistic disciplines and representative of each of Huntsville’s five City Council districts reviewed the applications, and the FY22 Arts & Cultural grant panel included: Donnisia Tibbs, District 1; Sally Warden, District 2; Daria Hammond, District 3; Steven Jackson, District 4; and Marilyn Lands, District 5. The panel convened in meetings in November and December 2021 to assess the grants and allocate the available City grant funds to eligible applicants.

“While COVID-19 has continued to impact artists and arts organizations across the city, our community has demonstrated how much they value the arts,” said Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken. “From sold-out performances, new artist studios, and arts events in new venues, area residents and visitors have shown they are more eager than ever for arts experiences. Through the City of Huntsville’s increased funding for the FY22 Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program, this year’s arts grantees can continue to create accessible arts experiences for children and adults from across the community.”

This year, the following 19 local nonprofit arts organizations received grant awards:

Organization Name Award Grant Project
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, Inc. $11,250 Bringing the Art of Ballet to the Community
Ars Nova, Inc. $14,800 Support for the 2021-2022 Season
Brass Band of Huntsville $12,825 Develop a Music Outreach Program for the Brass Band of Huntsville Youth Brass Academy
Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville $16,540 Student & Community Outreach
Dance All Productions, Inc $14,360 Girls Like Us Youth Enrichment Program & Creative Natives Young Choreographers Project
Encore Opera Theatre dba Opera Huntsville $15,000 Artistic & Administrative Support
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater $19,600 Support for Performances and Educational Activities for its 61st Season
Huntsville Chamber Music Guild (HCMG) $10,440 2021-2022 Season Support
Huntsville Community Chorus Association $15,880 2021-22 Artistic & Administrative Support
Huntsville Community Drumline $13,700 Funding to Provide Free Percussion Lessons to the Community
Huntsville Literary Association $2,775 54th Annual Young Writer’s Contest
Huntsville Master Chorale $12,758 2021-2022 Season & Community Choral Festival
Huntsville Youth Orchestra $15,660 Support for the 2021-2022 Season
Independent Musical Productions, Inc. $16,100 Support for the 2021-2022 Season
Inside Out Studio Inc. $7,443 Providing Free Art Lessons to Adults with Special Needs
Maitland Arts Initiative $11,960 Funding for Career Prep Arts Technology Clubs in Schools
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center $15,440 2021-22 Artistic & Administrative Support
Theatre Huntsville $9,329 Administrative Support for 2021-2022 Season
Twickenham Fest $14,140 Support for the Expanded 2022 Programming


During today’s State of the Arts celebration, 2021 Alabama National Association of Elementary School Principal’s (NAESP) National Distinguished Principal Amy Mason, principal at Madison County Elementary School in the Madison County School System, gave special remarks, as did Huntsville City Mayor Tommy Battle.

First launched in 2013 by Mayor Battle, the Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program is designed to nurture artistic excellence, encourage public access to arts and cultural programming, expand arts education opportunities and develop the organizational capacity of Huntsville’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The program initially awarded $100,000 in city-funded grants to many area arts organizations in 2013. In 2020, $170,000 was awarded. This year, the fund’s award amount increased to $250,000, up from $185,000 in 2021.

For more information about Arts Huntsville, visit www.artshuntsville.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @artshuntsville.