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ASCA funds Ballet, CCA

Two local arts organizations were among those who received 140 grants totaling $1,490,300 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA).

The Andalusia Ballet Association received $3,000 for its Alabama Dance Project. The project, led by Addy Gantt, provides dance classes at Andalusia Middle School.

The Covington Arts Council received $1,300 for the production of The Alley Cats (Doo Wop) A Capella, set for April 21, 2014.

The awards were made at ASCA’s meeting in Huntsville on Sept. 13, 2013.

The grants will support arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing, and visual arts programs Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. Also included in this round of awards are operating support grants for major art institutions.

The Council makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups.

Board members are Joel T. Daves, Mobile; Julie Hall Friedman, Fairhope; Dr. Rachel Brown, Fowler; Ralph Frohsin, Jr., Alexander City; Selwyn Jones, Florence; Elaine Woods Johnson, Dothan; Vaughan Morrissette, Mobile; Douglas C. Purcell, Eufaula; Rebecca T.B. Quinn, Huntsville; Lee Sentell, Montgomery; Ceil Jenkins Snow, Birmingham; Sontonia T. K. Stephens, Northport.

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.