About Us

Mission and History

LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in downtown Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

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.

Staff Members

Mobile Arts Council staff Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Angela Montgomery

Development Director

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.

Lucy Gafford with mural Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Lucy Gafford

Executive Director

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.

Mobile Arts Council staff Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Sydney Cramer

Program Director

Sydney Cramer is a native of Montgomery, AL, and has lived in Mobile since 2017. She will be graduating summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Performance in May 2021 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. When she is not working at MAC or on stage with local theatres, Sydney tutors underclassmen-level drama classes and can usually be found holding or petting a dog.

Hours & Location

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9 AM – 4 PM

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday
11 AM – 5 PM

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 372
Mobile, AL 36601

Gallery Address
Room 1927
6 South Joachim Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Board of Directors


Matt Anderson

Lauren Rowser
Immediate Past President

Courtney Harjung
Vice President

Melody Zeidan

Marnee Wiley-Edwards


Kalenski Adams

Patricia Becker

Meredith Guzy

Charlie Kelly

Vanity Marks

Vinny Paragone

Shonnda Smith

Kim Sweet

Contact Us

Lucy Gafford
Executive Director

Angela Montgomery
Development Director

Sydney Cramer
Program Director