In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $12,804,741 in federal funds, either directly or through state and regional partners, in Alabama.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, Alabama...
Added 2.1 percent or $5.4 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
Employed 43,981 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $2.8 billion.
More than30 percentof Alabama’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while nearly8 percentattended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
Blue Star Museums program provided free admission to thousands of active military personnel and their families at 47 participating museums in Alabama.
An average of 3,819 students from 64 high schools in Alabama participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
The NEA Big Read initiative generated 36 community events in the state, involving more than 1,238 adults and students.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for Alabama, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in Alabama.
Theaters (and all live performance) are struggling to get through the pandemic. Most have been closed since March, and artistic directors are kept up at night with a host of questions: when people will be willing to gather indoors to watch a play together?
To honor the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights marches, the Alabama Dance Festival—run by Arts Endowment grantee Alabama Dance Council—showcase "When the Wolves Came In," the latest work from choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company, Abraham.In.Motion
1994 National Heritage Fellows the Blind Boys performed a hard-driving, traditional gospel sound, touring around the United States and abroad. By the early 1980s, Fountain and the Blind Boys had been renamed the Blind Boys of Alabama.
In collaboration with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Alabama as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the agency's establishment.