Mission and History
Mobile Arts Council's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community.
MAC was established in 1955 by the Junior League of Mobile and received 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit organization in 1962. Since its inception, Mobile Arts Council’s work has evolved to fit the needs of the community and its members. In its early days MAC was primarily a funding source for the cultural community. As the organization grew and its grantors became more established and self-sufficient this need was no longer as pressing for artists and art organizations in the Mobile Area. Through strategic planning and organizational assessment MAC began to shift its focus from being a grantor to being an advocate and supporter of the arts.
Today, the organization remains a strong informational center for local culture, helping to facilitate numerous events and opportunities for artists from all backgrounds and mediums to show and perform their work and while gaining exposure along the Gulf Coast. MAC coordinates a variety of initiatives and programs that advocate for the arts and culture in Mobile, provides arts education and inspires collaboration amongst the community to create a thriving arts experience for locals and visitors alike.
Angela is a native of Jackson, MS with extensive experience working with nonprofits. She previously served as Programs Director and Executive Director for the Alabama Coastal Foundation, as well as Director of Development and Communications for the Lone Star Film Society/Lone Star International Film Festival. She is happily married to Joey and loves spending time with her horses and dogs.
A native Mobilian, Lucy has been involved with MAC since 2013. She previously served as Programs Director and has now taken the position as Executive Director. Her primary focus in this role is to concentrate on community outreach with Mobile-area artists and arts organizations. Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating all community programs, including ArtWalk, Market events, public art projects, and more. An accomplished artist herself, Lucy's work can be found all around Mobile, including the Oyster Trail, the USA Moulton Bell Tower, and the ArtGO! trail.
Sydney Cramer is a native of Montgomery, AL, and has lived in Mobile since 2017. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Performance from the University of South Alabama. Sydney has worked with various performance and visual artists in Mobile, and has received recognition from The Kennedy Center for her work in performance and stage management. Sydney hopes to help give Mobile's artists and creatives the voice they deserve, and maintains that the arts are what make a vibrant and happy community.
Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Kathleen Kirk Stoves is a current artist in residence at the Central Arts Collective and the former Assistant Program Coordinator of the Mobile Arts Council. Over the past few years, she has completed several murals and community projects throughout Mobile while maintaining a working studio. Kathleen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Spring Hill College, extensive ties to the gulf coast art community, and previous experience working for non-profit organizations and coordinating numerous events and volunteers. She has studied and worked with a variety of artistic mediums but prefers pyrography and painting.
Board of Directors