We Are – Arts Huntsville

After 53 years serving the greater Huntsville metropolitan region, we have changed our name to Arts Huntsville. Our mission has long been to promote and support the arts, entertainment and cultural sector in the greater metropolitan region, and now, as Arts Huntsville, we want to ensure greater local, regional and national engagement with our incredibly vibrant and growing arts scene.

“While we honor our history as The Arts Council, we recognize that we are not an elected government body nor an exclusive organization. We can more effectively market our great regional arts scene as Arts Huntsville,” said Arts Huntsville Executive Director Alison Dillon-Jauken.

Becoming Arts Huntsville

In Summer 2015, we partnered with Media Fusion to conduct extensive market research, including community surveys, focus groups and interviews with key community leaders. We discovered Arts Huntsville’s rebranding is a natural step for our organization, which has been found online as artshuntsville.org for the past 15 years. Along with our new tagline, “Celebrating the Creative Side,” the rebranding encompasses the breadth and variety of the greater Huntsville metro region’s professional and avocational creative community.

What is Arts Huntsville

Arts Huntsville is the largest arts engagement, advocacy and service organization in North Alabama with a mission is to serve the greater Huntsville metropolitan region. Our membership currently includes artists and organizations spanning from Athens and Decatur to Fayetteville, Scottsboro, and Guntersville. All artists and arts, culture and entertainment-related businesses are eligible and invited to join Arts Huntsville and benefit from the organization’s arts advocacy, promotion and professional development services.

Play a part in the Arts

Arts Huntsville will be bringing many of the same great programming you have come to know in love – including Panoply Arts Festival, Spring Into Summer, Concerts in the Park, & for the first time a two-day Monte Sano Arts Festival. Arts Huntsville is also introducing new programs, like our inaugural Art Tour of Homes on January 30th.

We invite you to celebrate your creative side by connecting with us online at ArtsHuntsville.org as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for the latest in arts, entertainment and culture!

Get Inspired at the Art Tour of Homes

 Art Tour Logo with dateHave you ever purchased a piece of art and didn’t know what to do with it? If you’ve always wanted to create a gallery wall in your home, or incorporate art throughout your home, this tour is for you. On January 30, join us for Arts Huntsville’s inaugural Art Tour of Homes.

Five local art enthusiasts will open their home to inspire visitors to start or grow their collection of art. The Art Tour of Homes will take tour goers from Monte Sano to Twickenham, to the Medical District and Jones Valley. Attendees will be delighted by a variety of collections and décor styles.  By showcasing how art is part of living spaces, Arts Huntsville hopes to create a greater understanding of how anyone at any price point can use art to enhance their environments. Each home and collection tells a story of its own and offers a glimpse at the pieces and artists your neighbors love. This will also serve as an opportunity to learn about the Huntsville area’s growing and thriving arts community.

“We have a tremendous growing and vibrant visual arts community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We hope this tour will encourage people to collect local art, to grow their collections and to make art part of their everyday life.”

The Art Tour of Homes will feature:

  • The Five Points home of Sue and Steve Johnson (1005 Wells Avenue)
  • The Twickenham home of Cheryl and Ken Hovanes (414 Eustis Avenue)
  • The Medical District home of Cindy Hallman (120 Bibb Road)
  • The Monte Sano home of Peggy and Jim Bilbro (4017 Panorama Drive)
  • The Jones Valley home of Lara Isbell and Kent Chojnacki ( 1237 Deborah Drive)

Tour attendees will also be provided with a list of local resources for starting or growing their art collections.

The Art Tour of Homes will be held on January 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the homes on the day of the event. You can start the tour at any of the five homes. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Arts Huntsville offices at 700 Monroe St, Suite 2 by cash or check. 

For more information, call Arts Huntsville at 256-519-2787.

Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant Workshop

Alabama State Council on the Arts logoRegistration is now open for the Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant Workshop! Join Visual Arts Program Manager ElliotKnight from the Alabama State Council on the Arts for this free workshop to learn more about individual artist fellowships and grant opportunities in the state.  (View Alabama State Council on the Arts guidelines at www.arts.alabama.gov for information on artist fellowships in other discipline areas.)

$5,000 cash fellowships are awarded annually in the following categories: Visual Art, Craft, Media Arts and Photography, and Design. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity and to contribute to the further development of the artist and the advancement of his or her professional career.

This free workshop (open to members and non-members) will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 5:30pm and will be hosted by Arts Huntsville in our offices located at the Von Braun Center, Suite 2 near the Playhouse. Registration is required.

To sign up, please email trochester@artshuntsville.org or call 256-519-2787 x 101.