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POA included in ASCA’s $3.2M arts grants package

Special to Atmore News

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) announced recently that Pride of Atmore is one of 155 organizations across the state that will share $3.2 million in grants.
The announcement was made during ASCA’s quarterly meeting, held September 12 in Montgomery. In all, 194 grants totaling $3,207,800 were awarded to the various entities. According to a release from the council, POA will receive $13,200.
The grants are designed to make a profound impact on the arts landscape by supporting public programs in arts education, community arts, folk arts, literary arts, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
A portion of the funds will go towards innovative public offerings and educational programs, while others will help preserve and highlight artistic traditions through festivals, concerts, exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops.
This public support enables Pride of Atmore to reach new audiences, foster community development, provide the highest quality programming and demonstrate the importance of arts as a component for quality of life, in Atmore and Alabama.
The grants are awarded for the 2024 fiscal year (October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024). The next grant application deadline is March 1, 2024, for individual artist fellowships and grants for planning, design and construction of arts facilities.
The application portal will open on January 1, 2024, and more grant awards will be announced in early December.
ASCA receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations and develop their creative capacities.

For more information and to stay up to date on the Alabama State Council on the Arts’ initiatives, visit arts.alabama.gov.