Arts Huntsville stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.
Arts Huntsville was founded as The Arts Council in October 1962 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Originally founded as a membership-based local arts agency, Arts Huntsville terminated its membership fees in 2018 to better support artists and arts organizations.
Today, Arts Huntsville serves and promotes the community’s largest arts organizations such as the Huntsville Museum of Art and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and smaller groups such as Huntsville Master Chorale, Opera Huntsville, and everything in between.
With a vision to the future, Arts Huntsville continues to refine its existing programs and develop new initiatives to best serve its mission to stimulate and support community creativity and engagement in the arts.
Allison Dillon-Jauken joined Arts Huntsville in June 2009 as Executive Director, where she oversees its four core program areas: arts community promotion and support, arts education, public art, and community events. Key accomplishments during her tenure include the establishment of a $100,000 pass-thru grant program funded by the City of Huntsville, the creation of the SPACES Sculpture Trail across Madison County, and the development of a Public Art Master Plan for the City of Huntsville. From 1999 – 2009, Allison served as Managing Director of Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT). During her tenure at NCT, she expanded the Theatre’s family programming and completed a $6.7 million capital campaign to expand and renovate the Children’s Theatre’s facility. Before joining Nashville Children’s Theatre, Dillon-Jauken was Associate Director of Development for The New 42nd Street – the New York City non-profit organization charged with the redevelopment of 42nd Street’s historic theatres.
Allison serves on Alabama’s Arts Education Leadership Team and supported the development of Alabama’s Plan for Arts Education and the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium. She also serves as Board Secretary for the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association. She graduated from Leadership Alabama, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, and Leadership Nashville. In 2015, she was named one of the “Women Who Shape the State” by AL.com and received the “Community Ally” Red Ribbon Award from the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association. Allison received an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a BA in Drama from Stanford University.
Molly Mitchell Bell