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Arts Huntsville celebrates arts community with 21 grants

Arts Huntsville celebrated the city's vibrant art community with grants to 21 regional arts organizations.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It was all about the arts in Huntsville at the 2023 State of the Arts celebration. 21 local arts organizations were recognized with grants to help further their mission to grow Huntsville's thriving arts community with the support of the Pei Ling Charitable Trust.

“Behind every thriving city is a dynamic creative arts community. This year, as Huntsville celebrates its number one ranking as the best place to live in the US, we’re proud to honor our vibrant arts community that contributes so much to our quality of life,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director. “From dance to theatre, music and visual arts, these grant-funded programs serve more than 180,000 area residents and visitors with vital arts experiences and educational opportunities that enrich our community every day.” 

Grant recipients:

  • Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, Inc. $11,757
    AYBT’s 17th program year of performances, dance education, and education-based outreach

  • Ars Nova, Inc. $18,510
    Ars Nova's 2022-23 Season: A Study in Contrasts

  • Brass Band of Huntsville $14,252
    Brass Band of Huntsville’s Youth Brass Academy

  • Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville $17,638
    BTL's Student Outreach Program presenting professional touring family shows

  • Dance All Productions, Inc $16,548
    Girls Like Us Youth Enrichment Program and Creative Natives Young Choreographers Project

  • Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater $19,600
    Performances and Educational Activities for Fantasy Playhouse’s 62nd Season

  • Huntsville Chamber Music Guild (HCMG) $12,248
    HCMG’s 2022-23 Season of 8 concerts by artists from Russia, Asia, Ukraine, Korea, and the US

  • Huntsville Community Chorus Association $13,510
    Expansion of HCCA Administrative Staff and Treble/Chorale Music Library

  • Huntsville Community Drumline $15,567
    Funding to Provide Free Percussion Lessons to the Community

  • Huntsville Literary Association $1,262
    Huntsville Literary Association's 55th Annual Young Writers Contest

  • Huntsville Master Chorale $12,861
    Huntsville Master Chorale’s 2023 Season & Community Choral Festival II

  • Huntsville Traditional Music Association $2,475
    Support for the Association’s 2023 Programming

  • Huntsville Youth Orchestra $13,496
    Support for HYO’s Music of the Americas Project

  • Independent Musical Productions, Inc. $16,657
    Support for IMP’s 2022 – 2023 Season and 30th year Celebration

  • Inside Out Studio Inc. $16,112
    Funding for Inside Out’s Studio Manager Position

  • Maitland Arts Initiative $12,166
    2023 Urban Orchestra Feeder Strings Program Support

  • Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center $14,259
    Support for the Happy HeARTS Program

  • Opera Huntsville $19,600
    Support for Opera Huntsville’s 2023 Season

  • Southern Fried Film Festival $7,675
    Support for 2023 Southern Fried Film Festival

  • Tennessee Valley Jazz Society $7,477
    Support for TVJS “Music of the Civil Rights Movement” Project

  • Theatre Huntsville $16,330
    Theatre Huntsville 2022-2023 Season Support

The  City Council awarded $280,000 in pass-through grant funding as part of the City’s FY23 budget. Eligible Huntsville-based nonprofit arts organizations completed detailed grant applications in the fall of 2022. A citizen-grant panel with experience in varied artistic disciplines and representative of each of Huntsville’s five City Council districts reviewed the applications, including: Wesley Ortiz, District 1; Cathy Callaway, District 2; Tasha Wiley, District 3; Amy Bailey, District 4; and Victoria Jones, District 5. 

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