About Arts Huntsville

Arts Huntsville stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.

Our vision is Huntsville as the premier mid-sized city for the arts, entertainment, and culture in the Southeastern United States.

Our history

Arts Huntsville was founded as The Arts Council in October 1962 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, to advance the arts in Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama.

Arts Huntsville’s programs and services directly impact Huntsville/Madison County residents, and children and adults throughout the community benefit from Arts Huntsville four core programs:

  • Arts Community Support & Promotions
  • Arts Education
  • Community Events
  • Public Art

Arts Huntsville’s Arts Assembly was created as part of the organization’s by-laws in 1962, and today includes over 250 arts organizations, individual artists, arts patrons, and other arts-minded non-profits, companies, and technical and professional organizations. Arts Huntsville serves as an “umbrella” for Assembly members, providing them with resources and tools that ensure their survival and expansion. Arts Huntsville’s support of its Assembly members is central to the organization’s mission, as the programs and services offered by the Assembly organizations are vital to the continued growth and advancement of the arts in our community.

In spring 1982, The Arts Council partnered with the Junior League of Huntsville to launch the Panoply Arts Festival, and in June 1983 TAC assumed full administration and planning responsibilities. Six years later, in 1988, Panoply was honored with a Governor’s Art Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Arts Council continued to develop new programming throughout the 1990’s, and in 1995 partnered with the City of Huntsville to develop Concerts in the Park, a summer concert series presented free to the public. The series features local musicians and bands, showcasing the depth of Huntsville’s performing talent.

Arts Huntsville Public Art projects include visual art spaces and new initiatives for the City of Huntsville in regards to art in public places. In 2008, TAC opened the art@TAC gallery in the halls of the Von Braun Center. In 2010, a consortium of local arts organizations and universities came together to launch Huntsville’s first public art trail, the SPACES Sculpture Trail. And in 2012, The Arts Council and the City of Huntsville were awarded an Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, resulting in the development of a Public Art Master Plan for the city – the first of its kind in Alabama!

With a vision to the future, Arts Huntsville continues to refine its existing programs and develop new initiatives to best serve its mission to enrich the quality of life, economic development and education of the greater Huntsville/Madison County community.

Arts Huntsville’s programs and services are made possible through support from our generous individual, corporate and foundation supporters and the City of Huntsville, Madison County, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.