State Arts Council awards grants totaling $2,155,865

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 179 grants totaling $2,155,865 at its meeting in Alexander City on September 11, 2009. This round of grants will support arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing, and visual arts programs October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010. Also included in this round of awards are operating support grants for major art institutions. ASCA funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government and earned income by the grantee. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of contributing to community development, education, cultural tourism and overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state. The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants programs and provides technical assistance in arts planning and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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