About Us

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.

Mission and History

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

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


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.

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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.


Amber Swain

Program Coordinator

A Mobile native, Amber has traveled and lived all over the US, and served as an Analyst in the US Army. She recently graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she studied Strategic Communications and Political Science. Amber's many interests encompass the arts as well: she sings, writes, and is a novice filmmaker. She is passionate about providing visibility and opportunity to local artists of all mediums.

Hours & Location

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9 AM – 4 PM

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Friday
10 AM – 4 PM

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

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

Board of Directors


Lauren Rowser

John Mims
Immediate Past President

Courtney Harjung
Vice President

Melody Zeidan

Debbie Stevens


Kalenski Adams

Matt Anderson

Lane Elmore

Lani Kosick

Vanity Marks

Vinny Paragone

Brad Robertson

Marnee Wiley-Edwards

Contact Us

Lucy Gafford
Executive Director

Angela Montgomery
Development Director

Amber Swain
Program Coordinator