About Us

Mobile Arts Council's mission is to support, strengthen and sustain the local arts and cultural community.

Mission and History

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


Shellie Teague

Executive Director

Shellie is a native of the Gulf Coast and passionate about Mobile. Prior to MAC, she owned and operated her own public relations and social media firm. She brings this experience to her job of promoting local arts. When she's not advocating for the arts, she can be found volunteering in the community and spending time with her husband and two children.


Lucy Gafford

Programs Director

A native Mobilian, Lucy has been with MAC for three years. In her role as Programs Director, she is responsible for coordinating all community programs, including ArtWalk, Market events, public art projects, & 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.

Hours & Location

Monday – Friday
9 AM – 5 PM

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

Physical Address
318 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Board of Directors


Jeff Marcus

Lauren Rowser

Debbie Stevens


Russ Adams

Lane Elmore

Courtney Harjung

Julie Jackson

John Mims

Brad Robertson

Dale Speetjens

Marnee Wiley-Edwards

Melody Zeidan

Contact Us

Shellie Teague
Executive Director

Lucy Gafford
Programs Director

Angela Montgomery
Development Director