Agency Structure & Leadership

Council Members 2016
Council Members (front row, left to right): Ceil Snow, Dora Hanson James (Chair), Dr. Rachel Brown Fowler (Secretary), Neely Jones Portera, Sontonia T. K. Stephens, Mary Wadsworth White and Julie Hall Friedman. Council Members (back row, left to right): Joel Daves IV (Vice Chair), Doug Purcell, Will Sellers, Elaine Johnson, Henry Panion III, Kim Vice Mitchell, Jim Harrison III, and Al Head, Executive Director of the Council. Not pictured: Rebecca T. B. Quinn.

ASCA is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The agency supports not-for-profit arts organizations, schools, colleges, units of local government, non-profit organizations programming in the arts for the general public, and individual artists.

The Council is a body of fifteen members appointed by the Governor for six-year terms to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council is to make decisions on grants awarded to support art programs and arts education throughout the state. Members come from diverse areas of the state and backgrounds, ranging from arts educators, to professional artists, to community arts volunteers.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.