Public Art Installation Honors Pioneers in African American Education

Gather With Us To Honor…

Public Art Dedication: Friday, October 23, 2015 – 10:00 am

Community Celebration: Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am

The Arts Council, Inc., in partnership with Twickenham Square Venture LLC, Huntsville Housing Authority and The City of Huntsville, invites the community to celebrate the dedication of the public art installation “We Gather Here to Honor.” This site-specific public art commission honors the contributions of Dr. William Hooper Councill and Dr. Sonnie Hereford III to education in Huntsville, memorializes the history of African American education in the area and celebrates the community’s future educational hopes and aspirations.

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The installation features a tile bench in the shape of a sunflower, with flower petals created from the footprints of Dr. Hereford III, his family, city leaders and community members. The artist used footprints to incorporate community involvement and symbolize leaving one’s mark on the future. There is a tree planted in the middle of the sunflower, providing an opportunity to gather and socialize as people have in the neighborhood for generations. A closer look at the top of the bench petals reveal details honoring Drs. Councill and Hereford III.  Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.43.34 PM

In the 1860’s, Dr. Councill was a pioneer in education for African American students in Huntsville and served as the first principal of The State Colored Normal School which trained African American teachers and grew into Alabama A & M University. In 1963, Dr. Hereford made more education history on the day he enrolled his son, Sonnie the IV in Fifth Avenue School as the first African American student to attend a white public school in Alabama.

Dedication & Community Celebration
The dedication will be held at Twickenham Square on Pelham Avenue between Gallatin Street and Dorothy Ford Lane on Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am.  A Community Celebration will be held at the same location on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00am – 11:00am. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature music performances by local saxophonist Reginald Jackson and performers from Valley Conservatory of Music.  The Boys and Girls Club, Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Earlyworks Family of Museums, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy and the Arts Council will be on-site with children’s activities, information and interactive experiences.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to leave fingerprints on their own sunflower through a hands-on art project that mirrors the aesthetics and significance of the public art installation.

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Angelica Pozo has a resume that includes community-involved artwork in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. She has taught ceramics and sculpture in Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and has served as the visiting artist/artist in residence at universities and conferences across the United States and in Chile. She attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia before going on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics and her Masters of Fine Arts, Ceramics, from the University of Michigan.

Please join us at the celebration!

Celebrate Fall for the Arts This October

This October, “Fall for the Arts” in North Alabama. The Arts Council, in partnership with 51 of its member organizations and individual artists, will once again celebrate Fall for the Arts, turning the focus to member organizations and artists who are offering events and special engagements in the arts throughout the month of October.

The organizations and artists offer a range of programs, including musicals, plays, concerts, film showings, classes in dance, painting, and various visual art mediums, as well as various outdoor activities. Local culture attractions that are members of The Arts Council are also offering numerous opportunities for families to enjoy Huntsville’s entertainment and educational offerings.

Many Fall for the Arts events and activities are free to the public. You can find the latest Fall for the Arts programs on our calendar of events.

The organizations, attractions and artists participating in Fall for the Arts include:

A Cup of Everything
Alabama Youth Ballet
American Association of University Women
Art & Soul Gallery & Studio
Athens Art League
Burritt on the Mountain
Dance Theatre of Huntsville
designbyhart Pottery
Earlyworks Family of Museums
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy
Greater Huntsville Humane Society
Grissom High School Theatre
Hollywood Huntsville
Huntsville Art League
Huntsville Ballet Company
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville Chamber Music Guild
Huntsville Community Drumline
Huntsville Concert Band
Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society
Huntsville Literary Association
Huntsville Museum of Art
Huntsville Skating School & Training Academy
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Huntsville/Madison County Public Library
Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band
J. Leko, Woodworker
Jeff White Photographer
Jill’s Studio of Dance
JS Taylor Art
Laurie Popp, Fly Creek Farm
LearningQUEST
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
MindGear Labs
Musicology School of Music
My Spirited Art
Randolph Theatre
Salseroblanko Dance Company
Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Tennessee Valley Jazz Society
The ARTery
The Arts Council, Inc.
The Food Truck
The Land Trust
The Little Green Store
Trinity United Methodist Church
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
UAH College of Liberal Arts
Vanessa Miller, Artist

     The Fall for the Arts program coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, developed by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

Food Trucks & Vendors Come to Monte Sano Art Festival

Ten local food trucks and vendors are coming up the mountain for the Monte Sano Art Festival this Saturday, September 19. Don’t miss out on delicious fare from:

Dale’s Stuft
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Iceworks Shaved Ice
I Love Bacon
New Day Cafe
Piper and Leaf
Rocket Dogs
Fire & Spice
Suzy’s Pops
Wild Bean Coffee

We welcome the community to enjoy local food and music while they shop from more than 140 visual art exhibitors.

The Monte Sano Art Festival will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is free to attend with a $5.00 parking fee to benefit Alabama State Parks.

View the Monte Sano Arts Festival Website 

SHINE at The Color Run

The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on the Planet!

The Color Run returns for the second time in Huntsville with the all new Shine Tour!Start Line Picture

After a very successful Kaleidoscope Tour in 2014, The Color Run is coming back to the streets of Huntsville on Saturday, September 26, 2015 for the Shine Tour 2015.

The Color Run is known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet and is the largest event series in the world. The Color Run isn’t about how fast you can run or walk, it’s more about having a BLAST running through the streets of Huntsville and getting doused in a different color at each kilometer.

The best way to enjoy The Color Run is with a group of friends. You might start out wearing white at the starting line, but by the finish you’ll be a rainbow of fun!  After completing The Color Run you can enjoy the Finish Festival party with music, dancing and color throws that creates vivid clouds of color above you.

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, September 26, 2015
620 Clinton Street SW (also known as Lot K – the gravel lot across from the Post Office)
Waves begin at 8:00am and go every few minutes until 8:30am.  HSV RouteHOW TO REGISTER:
Are you ready to sign up?? You don’t have to run – you can walk, skip, run – or whatever you’d like! Grab some friends and use this link to sign up: www.thecolorrun.com/huntsville.

Each registrant will receive race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, headband, a packet of color and shiny tattoos.  An email will be sent out 10 days before the event with more details about picking up your bag of goodies.

There is no age limit for younger participants. Strollers are welcome at The Color Run, too. Children 6 and over must be registered with a race bib. Children under 6 do not need to register to race and may participate for FREE, however, they will not receive a goody bag.  There will be Color Run items and shirts for sale at the event for them. If you’d like your child under 6 to have a race goody bag, then you should register them for the race

Would you like a free race registration?  Volunteers that work at the Check-In Party on Friday receive a FREE race registration for Saturday’s race!  Check out our volunteer information below.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS:
Are you all about the colors and glitter, but you don’t want to race?  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS for Color Run Huntsville. This is a great way to give back your community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-huntsville-registration-17946545601?aff=TheArtsCouncil

Large groups should email The Color Run at volunteer@thecolorrun.com

Volunteers will receive a Color Run T-shirt and guaranteed a GREAT time!

OTHER INFORMATION AND TIPS:
This event is more than a 5K – it’s a big party! At the start line there will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, warmups and giveaways and at the finish line there is a post-race party with timed color throws, music, dancing and even more giveaways.

If you’re ready to join us to volunteer or to be in The Color Run, there are a few tips for making your time even more colorful.

What to Wear:
The best thing to wear is WHITE.  Many runners get creative and wear tutus and other fun costumes. As long as you’re wearing mostly white, you will be all set.  The color does mostly wash out after the event, but be sure to wear something that you’re OK with getting full of color. If you’d like to KEEP all of the color you capture, spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.

For more information about the colors and clothing, click here: https://thecolorrun.com/wp-content/uploads/files/CleaningDoc2015.pdf

What to bring:
The first thing to bring is a fun attitude and be ready for a colorful party!! You can also bring spectators to watch the race and be a part of the post-race party. Other than that, be sure to have a towel to sit on in the car on the way home, just in case you have some powder left on you.  There is an air blown cleaning machine at the finish line that should help you get A lot of runners bring glasses, goggles or bandanas for over their eyes and mouths when running through the color stations. The color used at The Color Run is a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes.   If you bring a camera you should cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag.

Do you have more questions about The Color Run? Check out their website at http://thecolorrun.com/.

 

 

Huntsville’s Downtown Book Boxes

The Arts Council, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library have launched the Downtown Book Boxes: free lending libraries in the city center. Inspired by the concept of Little Free Libraries, the three partners added some local color by having six area artists turn newspaper distribution boxes from The Huntsville Times into one-of-a-kind works of art designed to foster the love of reading.

“Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is excited to partner with the Arts Council and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library to create our own unique version of the popular Little Free Library program,” said Chad Emerson, president and CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc. “Combining art and learning through vintage Huntsville Times newspaper racks repurposed by local artists is an eclectic and fun way to promote learning in the city center.”

The Arts Council conducted an RFP process in which artists from across North Alabama were invited to submit their proposals for repurposing the newspaper boxes into works of art. The six artists chosen to make their mark are Willette Battle, Susie Garrett, Chandler Hayes, Amanda Massey, Gina Percifull and Logan Tanner.

“The Arts Council is always pleased to partner with other organizations in ways that allow us to further enhance community creativity and engagement to enrich the quality of life in our city,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of The Arts Council. “Downtown Book Boxes are a wonderful way to offer everyday interactions with visual arts while helping to spread the love of the literary arts. We look forward to seeing how these boxes evolve as members of the community take advantage of these free lending libraries.”

Downtown Book Boxes will be available for use on July 23 at six locations throughout the downtown corridor. The locations are Southside Square, Northside Square, 200 Westside Square, outside Belk Hudson Lofts, in Big Spring Park East near the YMCA and one surprise location.

“We hope people will visit all of them, pick up a book and take in each of these little pieces of public art,” said Dillon-Jauken.

Friends of the Library will initially stock the book boxes and members of the public are encouraged to borrow a book and return it or leave another book in its place. The Library will also check in periodically to check stock levels and replenish as needed.

“We are very excited to be a part of an initiative that brings books and people together,” said Laurel Best, executive director of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. “With books generously donated by the Friends of the Library, we are taking libraries to the people. Connecting the public with free reading materials and resources is what we do, and this project is another way for us to bring the library into the communities that we serve.”

Public Art Workshop with Jeff Mather

Are you interested in creating temporary public art in your neighborhood? Do you look around your environment and see a canvas for your art?

Join The Arts Council, Inc. for an exclusive workshop with Georgia-based environmental artist Jeff Mather on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in The Arts Council offices on the north side of the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. To register for the workshop, click “Going” on the Facebook event page found by clicking here.

Jeff is a site artist from Decatur, GA. who has worked extensively in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the southeast. Jeff is an independent artist and educator, designing and executing numerous works of art in public spaces, and conducting hundreds of workshops and residencies in schools and other community venues. Learn more about Jeff at https://www.facebook.com/MatherSiteArt.

Panoply Quick Links

The 33rd Panoply Arts Festival opens this Friday! Here’s information about everything from the Art Marketplace to volunteering at the event. Just use the quick links below to explore the Southeast’s premier arts weekend!

Panoply 2015 Public Hours
Friday, April 24
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Saturday, April 25
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 presented by Delta Research

Sunday, April 26
12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Panoply Stages & Performances

Panoply Tickets (available online or at the festival gates for $10; kids 12 and under get in free)

Panoply Interactives (our hands-on creative activities)

Panoply FAQs (admittance policy, parking information & more)

Panoply Art Marketplace
presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama

Panoply First Dibs
presented by First Financial Group

Panoply School Days
presented by Regions Bank

Volunteering at Panoply

To learn more about our 2015 Poster Artwork & Artist, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map in a pop-out window, click here

To view our Panoply 2015 map with hotspot overlays, click here

Military Salute Night returns to Panoply

Friday, April 24th will be the 4th Annual Panoply Military Salute Night, presented by Boeing. Featuring a performance by the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band Sonic Fusion, the evening’s admission will be free to active duty military, Armed Forces reserves and their dependents. Both Friday and Saturday evening will be capped with Fireworks presented by Delta Research.

“All of us on The Arts Council’s Panoply team recognize the valuable contributions the men and women in our military make to the Huntsville community on a daily basis, as well keeping us safe around the globe,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Council executive director. “We welcome our servicemen and women and their families to join us to relax and enjoy all that Panoply has to offer.”

Military Salute Night attendees can enjoy the performances throughout the park, Panoply STEAM interactives, the World Discovery Zone, the Art Marketplace and much more at no charge.

For more information about Military Salute Night, call The Arts Council at (256) 519-2787.

Panoply’s Military Salute Night is presented with support from:

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And Military Salute Night’s Valley Jubilee programming is sponsored by:

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2015 Panoply Poster

Panoply 2015 Poster Artwork Unveiled

Today at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Arts Council board, volunteers and staff celebrated the kickoff of Panoply ticket sales and shared highlights of the upcoming festival. Panoply will return to Big Spring Park April 24, 25 and 26.

Phantom Deer Joins the Show

2015 Panoply Poster

One key tradition of the festival is the commissioning of a piece of original artwork to serve as the poster for the event. For the 2015 festival, Arts Council leadership chose local mixed media artist Gina Percifull to create a design to represent the 33rd Panoply. Ms. Percifull is an established artist based out of Maysville, Alabama who has a devoted following of collectors throughout the Southeast. Her work spans several mediums, with a focus on assemblage, collage and using recycled and reclaimed materials, but the Panoply artwork is a painting in her signature style. Titled Phantom Deer Joins the Show, the work will also be featured in graphic form on the festival t-shirts, something The Arts Council hasn’t done in ten years.

“Gina Percifull is a fantastic artist who embodies Huntsville’s image of innovation with a funky, smart vibe,” said Steve Johnson, president of The Arts Council’s Board of Directors. “Her reuse of wood and other salvaged materials in her artwork is a great representation of our community’s focus on sustainability, and the piece she’s created for Panoply is both fresh and classic. We at The Arts Council are honored to showcase her talent through our poster and t-shirt, and hope the public visits her booth in the Art Marketplace during the festival weekend.”

Presented by TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, the juried Art Marketplace at Panoply is one of the most popular features of the festival. Showcasing 85 fine artists from 11 states, the Marketplace provides prime shopping in a beautiful setting over the Monroe Street bridge. Local art enthusiasts can take advantage of the festival’s First Dibs program, giving ticket buyers the opportunity to shop the marketplace before the general public arrives. First Dibs tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (256) 519-2787.

To learn more about the Art Marketplace, click here.

Panoply 2015 Stage Lineup

The Panoply 2015 stage lineup truly features something for everyone!

More than 65 Arts Council members and local performers will entertain across 5 performance areas in the park, joined by two major visiting artists who embody both the well-loved and new sounds of Southern music. For individual stage schedules, click the stage name below:

Center Stage

Center Stage presented by Buffalo Rock

Friday, April 24, 2015

Big Daddy Kingfish                                                           5:00-6:00

Ashlyn Maine                                                                    7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Monterrey Power Trio                                          1:30-2:15

HCC Youth Chorale                                                          10:30-11:00

Sigma Alpha Iota &
Phi Mu Alpha 20th Anniversary Alumni Group    11:15-12:00

Rocket City Barbershop                                                 12:30-1:00

Harlequin Jazz Band                                                        2:45-3:45

The Beasley Brothers                                                     4:15-5:30

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huntsville Concert Band                                                                1:15-1:45

Rainbow Rhythm Band                                                  12:15-12:45

Huntsville Youth Orchestra                                          2:15-3:00

The Zooks                                                                           3:30-4:15

Bimini Road                                                                        5:00-5:30

Showcase Stage

Showcase Stage presented by AT&T and Artisan Twickenham Square

Friday, April 24, 2015

Unknown Lyric  6:00-7:00

Secret Sisters     7:30-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Showcase Stage seating area opens at 5:00 p.m.

Denim Jawbones             5:30-7:00

Panoply Headliner The Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls         7:30-9:00

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jimmy Henderson Trio   4:15-5:00

Mambo Gris Gris              5:30-7:00

Valley Jubilee Stage

Valley Jubilee Stage presented by The Huntsville Times/AL.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Winslow Davis   5:15-6:00

Reginald Jackson & Friends          6:30-7:15

U.S. Army Materiel Command Band        7:45-9:00

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Randolph Theatre            10:30-11:00

North Alabama Dance Center     11:15-11:40

Covenant Dancers           11:45-12:10

Lee High School Dance Magnet  12:15-12:40

Huntsville Ballet School 12:45-1:10

Johnson High School Dance Line                1:15-1:40

Alabama Youth Ballet     1:45-2:10

Lyrique Music Studio      2:15-2:40 PM

Lyrique Music Productions           2:45-3:15

JED Eye 3:45-4:45

The Dawn Osborne Band              5:00-6:00

Wolves of Chernobyl      6:30-7:30

Huntsville’s In the Mood Big Swing Band               8:00-8:45

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project UP          12:15-12:40

Jill’s Studio of Dance       12:45-1:10

Ann’s Studio of Dance    1:15-1:40

Madison Ballet  1:45-2:10

Stars & Clowns  2:15-2:40

Valley Dance Theatre     2:45-3:10

Musicology         3:15-3:45

Stillwater Bluegrass         4:00-5:15

Microwave Dave & The Nukes   5:45-7:00

World Stage

World Stage presented by Publix

Friday, April 24, 2015

Marc Gunn         5:30-6:15

Black Market Haggis        6:45-7:45

Saturday, April 25, 2015

HMCPL Puppet Troupe  11:00-11:30

Fitness Irish Dancers       12:00-12:30

Beledi Club         1:00-1:30

Huntsville Chinese Association   1:45-2:30

Fantasy Players 3:00-4:00

Chris Hale            4:30-5:15

Bourbon and Shamrocks               7:00-8:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Grace Lutheran Youth Handbell Choir     12:30-1:15

Single & Doubles Square Dance 1:45-2:15

Alexander’s Martial Arts                               2:30-3:00

Does Viejos Hombres    3:15-4:00

Kush      4:30-6:00

Gazebo Family Stage

Gazebo Family Stage presented by St. Jude Clinic at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children

Friday, April 24, 2015

Character Meet & Greet: Fantasy Playhouse       5:30-6:00

Character Meet & Greet               7:00-7:30

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Will Whetzel       1:00-1:30

Character Meet & Greet               11-11:30

Emma Klein        12:00-12:30

Just Gracey         2:15-2:45

Tommy Friend   3:45-4:15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dennis Parker    1:45-2:15

Character Meet & Greet: Alabama Youth Ballet 12:45-1:15

Carrie Ann Smallwood   3:00-3:30

Character Meet & Greet               4:00-4:30