The Arts Mean Business. That is the message Arts Huntsville is delivering as we join the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.
As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Arts Huntsville is representing not only Huntsville/Madison County in this effort, but is the only study partner representing the arts and cultural sector across the state of Alabama. Arts Huntsville will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as our theater and dance companies, museums, festivals, and arts education organizations. “We benefit from a vibrant and growing arts, entertainment and cultural scene across the Huntsville metro region. Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as business, but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community – employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”
Arts Huntsville will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that nationally the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32% of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person – generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.
Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.
“This study will show that when we support the arts in the Huntsville metropolitan area, we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism,” said Dillon-Jauken.
According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact.
“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”
Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund for Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the Arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners
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!
Have 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.
Registration 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-519-2787 x 101.
Just as important as the thoughtful gifts we give to family and friends are the memories we make with them. From ballet to theater, wildlife encounters and light displays, this Holiday Season you can experience the Joy of the Season through the arts, entertainment and cultural offerings of our member organizations.
Tigers for Tomorrow
708 County Rd. 345
This holiday why not go a little wild? Get up close and personal with tigers, bears, and more at Tigers For Tomorrow. This non profit wild animal preserve and environmental education center, provides a permanent home to over 170 animals – mostly big cats, bears and wolves. They are located 1.5 hours from Huntsville, so turn that car ride into a Christmas song sing-a-long!
Holiday Promotions: Tigers for Tomorrow is offering a 20% off gift coupon for a private tour of the preserve. This gift with special discount must be purchased by Dec 20th. Call 256-524-4150 & mention the word “Huntsville” to get this 20% discount off of private tour. Tigers for Tomorrow will mail you the gift and all you have to do is reserve your private tour!
Tigers for Tomorrow also has a gift shop with offerings perfect for the nature lover in your family!
Ticket Price: Private tours without the discount are regularly $30 per person with a 4 person minimum or $120.
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater presents A Christmas Carol
Von Braun Center Playhouse
700 Monroe St.
December 4th – 13th
Just like sparkling ornaments, candy canes, and snowmen are synonymous with Christmas, so is A Christmas Carol. In this musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater will take you on a journey with Scrooge as he visits his past, present, and future on Christmas Eve. This production has become a family tradition for many in the Tennessee Valley for the past 26 years. Performances start on December 4th and run through December 13th.
Holiday Promotions: Pick up a copy of the Huntsville/Madison County Visitors Bureau Holiday Magic Coupon for a discount on tickets to the show! Click here for more info on the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon or click here for tickets.
Ticket Prices: $15-$20
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre presents The Nutracker
Lee High School Auditorium
2500 Meridian St N
December 4th – 6th
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre is taking their performance of this holiday staple to the Lee High School stage on December 4th – 6th. The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Join AYBT as they tell the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $18 — Seniors/Military/Students: $14 — Children 10 & Under: $12
Get your tickets online by clicking here, in the studio office, and at the door prior to shows. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at Will Call. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to shows. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to shows. All tickets are general admission.
Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex presents Ava’s One Wish/Learn to Ice Skate Camp
Huntsville Iceplex at 3185 Leeman Ferry Rd
December 4th – 6th / December 21st-23rd
The Huntsville Iceplex is a 501 (C) 3 organization that supports figure skating, ice skating, and hockey and has been a part of the community for almost 50 years. This December 4th – 6th they will bring Ava’s One Wish to the ice once again! The Huntsville Iceplex will also host a Learn to Ice Skate Camp December 21st- 23rd.
Ticket Prices: Ava’s One Wish $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and Children. The 3-day Learn to Ice Skate Camp costs $75. Click here for ticket information.
Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Now – January 2nd
Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights has become a Huntsville tradition! This holiday light extravaganza features larger-than-life animated light displays, Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season, and a twinkling icicle forest. Experience the wonder by foot on one of the garden’s specified walking nights, or take a drive through the garden. Galaxy of Lights continues through January 2nd.
Ticket Prices: Prices vary so click here for details.
Huntsvile Symphony Orchestra
700 Monroe St.
The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has long been considered the region’s premier performing arts group, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has set the standard in North Alabama for artistic quality, community support and service through education.
Holiday Promotions: HSO ticket vouchers make great holiday gifts for hard-to-shop for family and friends. You purchase the voucher and the recipient gets to choose which season’s show to attend! Price ranger from under $50 to $100
Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutracker
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
December 11th – 13th
The Huntsville Ballet Company is keeping the annual tradition alive with its 47th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville! Make holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Ticket Prices: $20-$40, Click here for tickets
Holiday Promotions: $5 off through the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon
The Fall trees have barely shed their leaves, but the holiday shopping season is upon us! This Holiday Season, the Arts Council wants to inspire you to forego the big box stores, chains, brand names and mass produced bits and bobbles and instead turn your sights to the small businesses, artists and artisans in the Rocket City.
Fortunately for you, we’re bringing the hometown shopping inspiration straight to you with 9 local studios, shops, and artists creating one-of-a-kind pieces perfect for everyone on your list!
Jackie Miller of Jac Win Designs
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.
Specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces, Jackie Miller does it all – from wool felting of hats & scarfs, custom cameos, beaded & wire wrapped jewelry, angel pins, and even organic soaps. Step into her shop and marvel at the breadth of Miller’s talents while finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. While you’re there, be sure to ask her about the wool felting process that dates as far back as 6300 B.C.
Holiday Promotions: Receive a free Christmas ornament with every sale
Price Range: $9 – $230
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.
This holiday shopping season skip the mall and head straight to Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. As you may have heard by now, it is the largest privately owned arts facility in America, with 200+ working artists, 127 studios, 7 galleries, restaurants, and event and performance venues. The best part about shopping at Lowe Mill is the opportunity to ask the artists, makers and creators questions about their craft. Prices vary but the stories come free.
Huntsville Art League 12 Gifts of Christmas workshop for make-n-take gift workshops during the holiday season.
Holiday Artists Market @ Flying Monkey Arts, Saturday, November 28th, December 5th & 12th 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Many Individual artists/studios may offer deals as well.
Price Range: All prices!
816 Wellman Ave
The ARTery in Five Points is another way to one-stop shop for gifts. The local artist market is home to fine art, jewelry, and gifts from over 30 local artists. They also sell vintage records, locally made treats like Suzy’s gourmet popsicles, Jubilee cold-brew coffee, Piper & Leaf Tea, pastries and house a custom framing business in the back. The ARTery also offers gift certificates and gift baskets.
Holiday Promotions/Events: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday promotion
Five Points Night (exclusive for Five Points residents). Dec 4th, 6 – 8 p.m. 20% off sale and refreshments.
Twelve Days of Christmas – Dec 1 – 12, each shopper will be entered into a drawing. Each day a winner will be drawn, and they will win a prize (items from the store).
Price Range: You can find gifts for under $25, under $50, and under $100.
Museum Store at Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Exploring the Huntsville Museum of Art can be a gift in and of itself, but the Museum Store is a must-shop for its unique and local gifts. You will find original paintings by Vicki Sawyer, Marilyn Wendling and Patti Zeigler, Epicurean items for every hostess, art books and toys for children toddlers and babies, jewelry, notecards, soaps, and candles, journals, messenger bags, Lily and Laura bracelets, Cal Breed vases, Southern Growler beer growlers , books, ornaments and more.
Holiday Promotions: The Museum Store is listed in the CVB’s Holiday Magic Coupon book. The Museum will offer 10% off a single purchase during Skating in the Park, a discount usually reserved for Museum Members.
Price Range: You can find gifts for under $25, under $50, and under $100.
Jeff White Photographer
Jeff is a photographer specializing in wood prints of his original photos from Huntsville and his travels around the South. His works of art range in size from small table/mantel top pieces to large scale wall art. His work is available for purchase at his gallery located in West Huntsville. Through the holiday’s his studio is also home to the 3 Ring Traveling Apothecary pop up shop.
Holiday Promotions: All artwork is available at 10% off starting Saturday, November 28.
Price Range: Pieces range from $25 – $300
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden – and a variety of plant collections. The Garden also has a beautifully curated gift shop. This season make a day of it by perusing the shop, exploring the gardens, then in the evening taking a drive or stroll through the Holiday Galaxy of Lights!
Price Range: Tickets and Gifts under $25, under $50, and under $100
Rail Road Room #1
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.
Guadalupe Robinson is a full time potter who has been working in clay for over 30 years. Robinson grew up in Mexico City and brings both the culture and tradition of her Mexican heritage and the Deep South to her work. A true craftsman, each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
Price Range: Many cups, mugs, and small bowls priced under $25. You can also find items $50 and under $100.
The Little Green Store & Gallery
820 Monte Sano Blvd
A scenic drive up Monte Sano Mountain will bring you to The Little Green Store and Gallery, a unique store in a unique setting. The gift shop meets gallery offers a variety of products for all budgets. With unique gifts, jewelry, pottery and glass there is no doubt something will catch your eye. They also offer complimentary wrapping for any occasion.
Holiday Promotions: Visit them for ‘Green Friday’ and Small Business Saturday promotions!
Price Range: You can find gifts under $25, under $50, under $100 and beyond.
Tatyana Igmunova Hankinson is an artist and art teacher. Tatyana graduated from the Kubyshev Art School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan majoring in Drawing and Fine Art. She worked as a poster artist and has had personal exhibits in the Soviet Union. Here in the Tennessee Valley, Tatyana offers different media art classes for children and adults at Hobby Lobby Madison, Huntsville, and Redstone Arsenal.
Holiday Promotions: During the holiday season Tatyana offers holiday themed art classes for all ages that are family oriented. “It’s a lot of fun to come to art classes and paint with your child or grandchild or paint the holiday painting and give it to somebody special as a gift,” says Tatyana.
For the holiday season Tatyana is offering holiday theme Giclee prints on canvas 8×10
Price Range: Art Classes under $25
Giclee prints on Canvas under $50
BONUS: Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
500 Church St, Suite One
You may be surprised to find the Huntsville/Madison County CVB on this list, but it is your ticket to budget-conscious holiday shopping and activities this season! They are offering a Holiday Magic discount coupon sheet that includes discounts to several local attractions and events, including some of the locations included on this list! You can pick up a coupon sheet at the Visitor Center on Church Street. While you’re there swing by the gift shop to pick up locally made and Huntsville-themed merch so you can share your Rocket City pride with family friends!
Our 2016 performer application deadline is January 15th, 2016. Submit your application for your group or organization to perform at this spring’s Panoply Festival of the Arts on April 29 – May 1st.
The 2016 Panoply Performer application is now closed.
When Alabama Media Group asked their readers “Who has made Alabama into the state she is today?” Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken’s name ended up among those of nearly 200 nominees who have changed the state for the better. On November 5th, Dillon-Jauken will be honored as one of 34 “Women Who Shape the State.”
Dillon-Jauken stepped into the role as Executive Director of The Arts Council, Inc. in 2009. Since then it has been her mission to celebrate and support the arts organizations, individual artists, musicians, writers, makers and creators who make the North Alabama community a vibrant and interesting place to live. This mission includes ensuring arts education is a priority.
“In order to ensure that arts, creativity and innovation continues to grow and expand locally and statewide, we need to do more to nurture creativity in our youth,” said Dillon-Jauken. ” It is my hope that our elected officials, business leaders and parents across the state will join in this effort to expand access to certified arts specialists that can provide classroom teachers with training to integrate the arts across the curriculum. Through arts integration, we can better engage, inspire and prepare students for the rapidly-changing 21st century workplace that demands innovation and creativity in order to stay competitive.”
Dillon-Jauken credits her theater background for showing her how dramatically the arts can transform a community for the better.