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BBG awarded grant from Council on the Arts

The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 137 grants totaling over $2 million to 113 grantees across the state, among them Selma’s own Black Belt Benefit Group (BBG), during its September meeting.

The funds awarded to BBG will be utilized for Art Jam, the organization’s annual art-filled

year-end extravaganza slated for November, as well as administrative support.

Founded in 2009, BBG is a nonprofit with a mission of revitalization through “art, music and food”.

“Together we aim to foster an energetic, vibrant Black Belt that all people are proud to

call home,” reads BBG’s mission statement.

Funding for the Council on the Arts is provided by the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

This sort of funding for arts programming is critical for a vibrant creative community, which results in a thriving arts economy, a workforce ready for innovation and a high quality of life for all residents.

Chaired by Jim Harrison, III of Tuscaloosa, the Council is comprised of 15 governor-appointed members.

The staff that administer the grants program also provide technical assistance in arts planning and programming, under the leadership of Executive Director Elliot Knight, PhD.

“The Council is pleased to support educational groups, community organizations and arts institutions with these approved grants. Funds awarded through the Council’s granting process

provide a better education for students, nourishing imagination and preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow,” said Harrison. “These important grants also strengthen cultural expression and attract new industry to our colorful and vibrant state.”