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ArtsRevive receives grant from Alabama Power

By Adam Dodson | The Selma Times-Journal

ArtsRevive is the recipient of some much-appreciated assistance that will see significant improvement of its facilities.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Alabama Power Foundation, ArtsRevive will be able to update their facilities with insulation and an HVAC system. An additional $10,000 has been received from other organizations as well, and the money from Alabama Power permits them a wide net of options for what to use the funds for.

These improvements will allow ArtsRevive expanded options for events in months that were previously unthinkable, such as when it is too cold in January or too hot in June. With the addition of insulation, events during the extreme cold will be possible. Thanks to the HVAC system, events during the heat will be possible as well.

“This is going to be enormous for us. This is going to enable us to host events when it is too hot or too cold,” Becky Youngblood, director or ArtsRevive, said.

“The doors will be fixed, too. We appreciate the help.”

Alabama Power’s foundation gives out money for community based purposes on an application-to-application basis. Anybody is open to apply for the grants.

After previously applying to Alabama Power for grants in the past, ArtsRevive finally received aid to update its amenities. Without this money, the nonprofit may have had to wait even longer to receive sufficient heating and cooling.

Aubrey Carter of Alabama Power in Selma is looking forward to working with Youngblood and other ArtsRevive members who are committed to providing the community with an authentic artistic experience.

“This gives them the opportunity to have a presence in the community year-round. This will allow them to have different, high-quality events,” Carter said.

“It makes the revival vibrant. An arts center is just as important to the community as an entertainment center. It is getting there.”

According to Youngblood, insulation for the facilities has been requested to begin “as soon as possible,” while the implementation of the HVAC system is something that may take a few months to get up and running.

For more information regarding the Alabama Power Foundation and their grants, visit their website at www.powerofgood.com/foundation-grant.