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.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.39.11 PMAbout the Installation

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.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.36.14 PMAbout the Artist
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!

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.”

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

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

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 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

The Avenue Public Art Project

A Partnership between the City Of Huntsville, Alabama,
The Arts Council, Inc., and Sealy Management Company

Request for Qualifications

The City of Huntsville, The Arts Council, Inc. and Sealy Management Company are seeking Statements of Qualifications from artists interested in creating artwork to be sited at The Avenue, a new development in the core of Huntsville’s downtown and entertainment district.

The Avenue Public Art Project has a total budget of $71,000 to include design, fabrication and installation of the work. Qualifications are due January 19, 2015.

Click here to download the RFQ for more information.

The Arts Council RFQ for The Avenue Art Project