Arts in Education

Art for All

The Mobile Arts Council, The Central Arts Collective, Full Life Ahead Foundation, and L'Arche Mobile are pleased to announce "Art for All," an inclusive arts education program for adults. The goal of the program is to bring people of all abilities together to express their creativity and develop their skills in a variety of arts media including acrylics, graphics, watercolors, and more. Biennially, framed works from Art for All, all created by students with developmental disabilities over a number of years, will be featured in our gallery with 100% of proceeds from these art sales will go toward purchasing supplies for Art For All‘s classes. Currently these works are available for purchase at Central Presbyterian Church.
If you are interested in volunteering or making a financial donation towards this program, please contact Lucy Gafford at Coming soon: Art for All Dauphin Island!

ChARTing New Directions

ChARTing New Directions is the Mobile Arts Council’s educational outreach program. Its mission is to cultivate creativity in youth through arts education. In our classes, we work to develop artistic skills, encourage creativity, and boost confidence in our students. This is done in a traditional classroom setting, as well as through public-facing art projects, throughout the community. Regular partners in this program include the James T. Strickland Youth Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama.

This past summer, ChARTing partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama to facilitate free art camps via Zoom! In these camps, we provided exposure to the arts, as well as fulfilled teaching opportunities to up-and-coming local artists.  Classes included ballet, visual arts, science experiments, and more.

This summer, classes will included dance and theatrical instruction provided by Devin Patrick and Sunny Side Theater, visual arts classes provided by Jessica Gagliano and Monica J Beasley, theatrical puppetry provided by Riley Kinard and Sydney Cramer, and African Drum lessons provided by the Mobile Alabama Africatown Drummers.

This year's programming is made possible thanks to funding from the Support the Arts License Tag Fund, the Community Foundation of South Alabama, Alabama Power Foundation, and private donors.

Interested in teaching with us this year? Apply online here! Email Lucy at or Angela at for additional information or to get involved with this programming.


The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, an innovative arts education program managed in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). Poetry Out Loud is a yearly national competition for high school students who are interested in poetry, creative writing, acting, and public speaking. Participants may go on to compete at regional, state, and final national levels. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3.6 million students and 55,000 teachers from 14,000 schools nationwide.

Each year, the Mobile Arts Council facilitates District 1 of Poetry Out Loud's Alabama Statewide Competition in partnership with ASCA. Categories include Original Poetry and Anthology Poetry. This program includes free professional development workshops for winner and runner-up competitors, performance training, and the Region 1 Competition. Unlike previous years, individuals are now eligible to compete independently of their schools. View the complete Teacher's Guide here, and find out more and get involved through ASCA's website here!




The "Five" Show

“Five” is a biennial juried exhibition of work by students from the area’s five colleges and universities. This exhibition gives young adults the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional venue, as well as a chance to meet other artists, win prizes, and gain public recognition. Prizes include cash, MAC Memberships, and gift certificates from local businesses. Entry is open to any student enrolled during the current academic year at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile, or the University of South Alabama. Students do NOT have to major in art or be taking art classes to participate.

The next competition will take place in MAC's Gallery @ Room 1927 in April 2022. Entries will be due online at the beginning of February, and will be required to be submitted online prior to being accepted in the exhibition. Interested in participating? Email to sign up for our Five email list!


Visual Arts Achievement Program and Young at Art

The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 to be recognized for their contributions to the visual arts at the local and state levels. The program encourages young artists by showcasing their work and gives them opportunities for arts education beyond high school. View the statewide schedule, including scholarship opportunities for students on the Alabama State Council on the Arts' website here! This program takes place every year and is featured for the month of February in the Mobile Arts Council's Gallery @ Room 1927.

Concurrently, Young at Art is for 5th grade students and below and not included in the juried competition. This exhibition takes place each year in conjunction with the Visual Arts Achievement Program in our gallery, and is a showcase of talent in elementary art students.

If you are a student or teacher wanting to participate in these programs, email to sign up for our email list! All schools in Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties are eligible for our District 1 competition and Young at Art. For details about this program and information about different districts in Alabama, visit ASCA's website!

IMPORTANT 2022 DATES: Drop off dates are February 2nd and 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will be open for LoDa ArtWalk on February 11th. Be aware that there is a parade that evening. The closing reception and awards ceremony will take place on February 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up will be done on March 2nd & March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.