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.

How to Create Memories this Holiday

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.


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Tigers for Tomorrow
708 County Rd. 345
Attalla AL
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.

 

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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

  

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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.

  

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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.

  

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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.

  

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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

  

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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

  

9 Places to Shop Arts, Entertainment & Culture this Holiday Season


 

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!

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Jackie Miller of Jac Win Designs
Studio 316
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

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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.

Holiday Promotions/Events:
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!

  

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The ARTery
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.

  

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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.

  

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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

 

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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

  

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Guadalupe Robinson
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.

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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.

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Igumnova-Art

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!

  

Panoply 2016 Performer Application

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.

Arts Council Executive Director Recognized as One of Al.com’s Women Who Shape the State

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.”

Photo by James Acomb for Alabama Media Group

Photo by James Acomb for Alabama Media Group

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.

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.”