Amp Up Arts

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What is Amp Up Arts?

Amp Up Arts is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit arts education organization with a strong commitment to promoting increased access to arts education and fostering artistic talents in our communities. Amp Up Arts believes in equitable arts access for all Alabama students through art teachers, teaching artists, and arts organization partnerships.

Amp Up Arts focuses on statewide development of arts education for preK-12 schools through networking, advocacy, and professional development, and they support local collaborative sites statewide. They believe in empowering communities to use their local resources and knowledge to create sustainable arts education that is specific to the local culture and needs.

Mobile Arts Council officially gained the title of "Collaborative Site" for Amp Up Arts in January 2023. Amp Up Arts is a collective impact program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts that focuses on the implementation of sustainable arts education for all K-12 public schools throughout the state. With their help, MAC is actively searching for teaching artists in our area and training them through workshops and professional development opportunities to be able to effectively provide arts classes in Mobile County schools. We also provide advocacy on the importance of the arts for our youth and work to spread awareness of the great arts educational opportunities provided by area organizations.

Teaching & School Opportunities

Interested in teaching with us? We encourage teaching artists proficient in any and all mediums, including performance art, to apply! Interested in having Amp Up Arts work with your school or organization? We would love to bring the arts to your students! Use the buttons linked in this section to apply.

For questions about the Amp Up Arts, contact kat@mobilearts.org.

Arts Education Directory

Amp Up Arts is pleased to share educational opportunities offered from area arts organizations beyond what we directly organize. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions or would like to get involved with their programming. Funding may be available through Amp Up Arts to extend outside programs to area schools and organizations.

Do you offer arts educational programming? Email kat@mobilearts.org to be included in this listing.

Alabama State Council on the Arts: Alabama Arts License Tag Grant Program: The Alabama Arts License Tag Grant Program aims to promote the arts in Alabama, especially arts education, including visual arts, folk arts, and performing arts programming. A six-person volunteer committee governs the program. Committee members serve on a voluntary basis and one member is appointed by each of the following organizations or individuals: the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Arts Alliance, the State Department of Education, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Proceeds from the sale of the license plate will be used to fund a variety of arts in education and community arts projects. Buy the Support the Arts plate the next time you renew your registration at your county's vehicle licensing office

South Arts: Express Grants: South Arts believes that rural communities deserve great art, and can require specialized support to make that vision viable. Distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, Express Grants support rural organizations and communities with expedited grants of up to $2,000.

South Arts: Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants: Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants are available for organizations to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. South Arts strongly believes professional development for presenters/programmers/curators is integral to success, including traveling to see new works and attending convenings. This grant program is open to film, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and multidisciplinary presenting organizations.

Azalea City Center for the Arts: Dance, Gymnastics, Musical Theater, and More: The Azalea City Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization in Mobile, Alabama, with a mission to provide opportunities for children and adults to explore the world of artistic expression through quality educational programs, recitals, and performance opportunities that enhance self confidence, encourage personal growth, and strengthen academic and artistic skills.

The Ballet School: Mobile Ballet: Mobile Ballet School & Academy offers superior dance training in a professional and encouraging atmosphere.  We train hundreds of students a year in a range from classical ballet to Broadway style jazz between our primary studios in Mobile and our growing program on the Eastern Shore.

Under the direction of Katia Garza and Kimberley Sears, the Mobile Ballet School features a seasoned faculty as well as renowned guest instructors from around the country.  Master classes, intensives, and other specialized study engage our most determined dancers.  Donor-supported scholarships assist students in class training as well as summer study in an array of renowned programs around the country.  The Mobile Ballet Company includes 30 auditioned positions that join exceptional guest artists in the season’s three signature performances.  Classes are available for students age 3 to adult.

Our mission is a school of classical ballet with a professional dynamic offering an unlimited opportunity for excellence… wherever our dancers’ dreams may take them.

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival: M. J. Summer Jazz Camp classes focus on music appreciation of legendary jazz giants, noting the uniqueness of their interpretations of the genre, individual instruction on the structure of improvisational style and the important role each instrument plays in carrying out an authentic jazz sound.  Each year the program provides a Master Class experience conducted by a distinguished guest artist. This year we are proud to welcome  jazz artists, composers and educators, The Excelsior Band, as the Artists in Residence and Headliner for the July 31st, virtual jazz concert.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live through the Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival Page.

Make Music Alabama Day 2024: Each year, over 1,000 cities around the world throw citywide music celebrations on June 21. It all started 39 years ago in France. In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops. And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”) Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique. Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.

Mobile Symphony String Academy Eastern Shore
Middle and High School String Students in the Eastern Shore! JOIN the Mobile Symphony Eastern Shore String Academy in Fairhope, AL. Play new repertoire, polish your string techniques and learn new ones, perform exciting music, and make new friends that also LOVE playing the violin, viola, cello, or bass! Register online or call (251)432-2010 Attn. Daniela Pardo

Mobile Symphony String Academy
Mobile String Academy: Middle and High School String Students in the Mobile Area JOIN the Mobile Symphony String Academy in Downtown Mobile, AL. Play new repertoire, polish your string techniques and learn new ones, perform exciting music, and make new friends that also LOVE playing the violin, viola, cello, or bass! Register online or call (251) 432-2010.

South Arts - Jazz Road Tours: South Arts Jazz Road Tour Grants are awarded up to $15,000 to USA and territories, musicians, to support performances and tours. This grant program is open to both new and established musicians, solo artists, and musicians who play in an ensemble. Priority will be given to proposals that reach underserved communities and rural areas, especially those that lack opportunities to present live jazz.

Jazz Road Tours will pay grants directly to the artist to cover a portion of the eligible tour expenses including artist fees, travel, housing, meals, backline, road/sound/tour management, and costs related to tour coordination and promotion. The Jazz Road Tours program is designed to help artists earn a living wage while on tour. For more information, visit their site.

Mobile Writers Guild
The Mobile Writers Guild is an organization of professional and aspiring writers. Anyone is welcome to join their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. every first Thursday of the month (September through May) at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road.

Poetry Out Loud: We hope you will consider joining Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud program, as a great way to engage students as they return to your classrooms. National Poetry Out Loud Competition: At this level students choose one poem from the poetryoutloud.org website to memorize and recite for the rest of the class. State Original Poetry Out Loud Competition: students write, memorize, and recite their own poem. Social Justice Poem Competition: students write, memorize, and recite their own poem addressing any topic relevant to social justice and to the student personally. At this level the Social Justice Poem and the Original Poem may be the same poem. Students may opt to participate in one, two, or all three competitions. Schools that have at least 5 classes involving every student participating are eligible to receive a $75.00 grant to support Poetry Out Loud activities. Each participating school will receive materials supplied by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Additional resources may be found at poetryoutloud.org. It is recommended that the student research the poet and/or topic and biographical information on the website. Class champions move forward to a school wide competition to identify a school champion for each of the three competitions. If only one class is participating, the class champion becomes the school champion.

Actor's Edge Studio - Middle and High School Classes
Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., students will explore a variety of acting methods to place in their performance toolkit and also spend some time in the director’s chair!  During this immersive class, students will learn the basics of directing while staging their own scenes.  Actors will also have the option to participate in the AYTE Fall Festival.  $50 per month. Contact Instructor: Eric C. Browne, actorsedgemobile@gmail.com, 256-656-3054.

Play House in the Park: Stage One, Beginners Acting Classes
For ages 6 to 11, classes meet Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting August 17th. The class is offered in 8 or 16-week blocks. See their website for details: http://playhouseinthepark.org/playhouse-actors-studio

Play House in the Park: Repertory Training
For young actors between 12 and 19 years old, classes meet Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. throughout the 2020/2021 season. See their website for details: http://playhouseinthepark.org/playhouse-actors-studio

Sunny Side Theatre
This theatre company offers voice lessons, drama and dance classes.

Call for Artists - Exhibition Opportunity with Innova Arts
Interested in showing and selling your art in Midtown Mobile's premier local artist gallery? Email for more information: innovaartsgallery@gmail.com

Call for Artists: Lupercalia Art Society
Lupercalia Art Society is looking for established and emerging artists to display in this historic, innovative, and very unique space. Located directly in the middle of the Downtown arts district, it will give painters, potters, glassworkers, woodworkers, fabric artists, metalworkers, sculptors, and anyone who creates two or three-dimensional art a place to showcase their work. It will also be a community where artists can mingle, learn from each other, teach classes, and contribute to fostering the arts not only in our city but throughout the Gulf Coast Region. Signup is available here.

Eastern Shore Art Center 
Classes and workshops for adults and children. Visit the Center website and click on "Education." 

Mobile Museum of Art 
For adults - workshops, ongoing classes, and off-site classes; for children and families - after-school classes, spring break art camp, and art for home-schooled children. Visit the Museum website and click on Learn. 

University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education
Classes in a variety of subjects from personal to professional development opportunities, college prep courses, photography, foreign language, dance, and more! Complete Course List 

Recent Events & Opportunities

Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for free teacher training, educational enrichment, student competitions, and more! View the post carousel to read about upcoming and recent Amp Up Arts and youth education programs.

Amp Up Arts at Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama

By Kat Stoves | June 28, 2024

Along with our Amp Up Arts classes at three Mobile County Public Schools this summer, we’re grateful to be able to reach four Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama with a variety of art classes. This June, we’ve had artist led classes at Bernard Malkove, Sonny Callahan, Semmes, and Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs.…

Amp Up Arts Networking Event with Mobile Arts Council

By Kat Stoves | May 21, 2024

July 18th | Gallery @ Room 1927 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, Al 36602 (Next to the Saenger Theatre) Artists, Arts Organizations, Teachers and Administrators welcome! Learn about Mobile Arts Council’s Education Partnership with Amp Up Arts! Keep the arts alive at your school! Artists and Arts Organizations are encouraged…

Summer Camps Galore!

By Kat Stoves | April 17, 2024

Summer is just around the corner, and our Summer Camp Roundup is here to help your kids find creative and educational enrichment over the break. Sign up for any of these wonderful classes today! Your child is bound to gain artistic skills in creative problem solving, public speaking, and more! View this year’s listing from…

Partner Schools & Organizations

We currently work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, Chastang-Fournier K-8 School, and JAWS Fest. We are working towards additional school partnerships for the upcoming year. Apply for art classes through the application linked in this section!

For questions about the Amp Up Arts, contact kat@mobilearts.org.