JUNE 2017 - The Anniston Council on the Arts and Humanities, Inc. (ACAH), has received a $5,000 Arts and Cultural Facilities program grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). The matching grant will help ACAH establish a formal planning phase among stakeholders and citizens toward the creation of a permanent cultural arts facility for Anniston.
ASCA’s Arts and Cultural Facilities program assists arts organizations in building or renovating facilities and spaces used for arts activities. Requests can be submitted for feasibility studies, use plans, needs assessment and other contracted work related to the intended operations of an arts facility or space, design work related to a specific facility or arts space and construction costs related to a new facility, renovation of an older facility and/or major capital outlay improvements to an existing facilities. Applications are considered and grants awarded are based on the availability of funds as provided by the legislature each year. (Source: http://www.arts.state.al.us/programs/art_facility/facility.aspx.)
Although Anniston offers several event venues, there is currently no permanent “home for the Arts” in Anniston, an appeal heard often among the City’s artists, arts educators and arts organizations. A 2014 city-wide strategic planning process also revealed that citizens desired more Arts in the City, including the establishment of some type of arts center as well as resources for local artists.
In anticipation of pursing the grant, ACAH board members hosted a series of arts visioning discussions and visited arts facilities in the region to gather ideas. Based on conversations and meetings with arts council members and artists from neighboring cities, Anniston Arts Council members are optimistic that the planning process will generate new and beneficial connections between artists and organizations as well as better inform community members as how best to plan and create a sustainable, inclusive cultural arts facility.
ACAH anticipates that planning will begin late summer 2017. For more information, visit online at annistonarts.org or call Suzen Robertson at 256-453-8954.
The Mission of the Alabama State Council on the Arts is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources.
JANUARY 2017 - The Anniston Council on the Arts & Humanities (ACAH) has received a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts for its 2017 program of work A Place to Be. The grant will help pay for materials and artists' stipends as we produce a series of public art works that create awareness and understanding of our populations at risk. For project details, click here.
ANNISTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS & HUMANITIES
P.O. BOX 6, ANNISTON, AL 36201 | 1224 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36202
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