Local Arts

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Arts Directory

The Mobile Arts Council Arts Directory is a publicly searchable listing of member artists, arts organizations, and venues in the Greater Mobile area. Browse by name, discipline, locations, and more and view current contact details. It is our hope that this platform will provide an all-inclusive arts resource center for the greater Mobile area.

Follow the link below and upload your information today! Once you have submitted, your business or organization will be able to be seen by anyone who navigates our website. Users will find everything they need on the home page of the directory. From easy navigation to a How-To guide, this new addition will provide an easy space for networking and even easier access to the artistic community that we all know and love.

Any questions regarding Directory accounts should be sent to Sydney Cramer at scramer@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796.

Arts Calendar

To list your event on our website, click the button to the right and fill out the form.

For questions about the Community Calendar of Events contact us.

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Artist Opportunities

The Mobile Arts Council is pleased to share all current opportunities for artists that have been submitted to us. This list is emailed to MAC members every other week of the month. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.

Artist opportunities may be submitted through this form. Want to receive these emails? Sign up to be a MAC member!

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Art Projects: These grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. Second Grant applications must be submitted to grants.gov by June 29.
Click here for more information.

Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship and Cultural Facilities Grants: Applications for the March 1 grant deadline for fellowships and cultural facilities will begin to be accepted January 1, 2021. Guidelines can be found here. Click here for the eGrant portal.

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant - ALVAN
The Administrative Assistant position will lead to an Executive Director position in the near future, dependent on funding and job performance. ALVAN is a statewide, arts service organization. Founded in 1968 under the previous name, the Alabama Craft Council, ALVAN changed their name to better fit their mission: “Promote the visual arts in the economic vitality and quality of life in Alabama communities”. You can see the full job description here.

Artists Relief
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
On a rolling basis, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants provides urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or who have incurred unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply for Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant here.

Vendors Wanted: 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers
The market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center will feature local, handmade arts & crafts, and locally grown farmer’s market items. There is no fee, but donations to the Friends of Five Rivers Fund are appreciated. A one-time application and a photo or online view of your sale items are required. Attendees must RSVP for the market dates you plan to attend no later than one week prior. Apply online today!

Studio Space: Alabama Hues - Art Share, Work Space & Gallery
Alabama Hues strives to foster imagination and creativity in their studio by helping students create beautiful art. The studio is available to book on a day-by-day basis. Visit their website for additional information, or call Bill Appling at 251-973-8667 or email bill@alabamahues.org.

Central Arts Shared Spaces: Central Presbyterian Church
Shared creative workspace is available at Central Presbyterian Church! In addition to renting private studio rooms in the Church's buildings to artists and arts nonprofits, they now also have large open workspaces available. If you're interested, email Rev. Chris Bullock. 

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.

Dance, Gymnastics, Musical Theater, and More: Azalea City Center for the Arts    Create. Perform. Inspire.

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.

Classes - 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.

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 or Ben Harper.

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.

Azalea City Center for the Arts
Classes for young people, including special needs children, in a variety of disciplines - dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
 

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 

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.

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.

Artists Wanted for Treasures at GulfQuest: The goal in promoting consignment sales at Treasures is to provide a unique shopping experience by featuring area artists’ work, thereby providing an additional source of revenue for the museum, as well as for the artists whose consigned work is offered for sale here. GulfQuest may also choose to resell items that are not locally made for a diverse and unique product offering, but priority will be given to the local handcrafted items. Those interested can review the criteria and consignment agreement

Learn virtually with MMofA in The Museum School Online
During these trying times, MMofA brings the power and inspiration of art directly to you. See the content here.

Call for Muralists - Eastern Shore Centre
Eastern Shore Centre in Spanish Fort, AL is in the beginning phases of getting a makeover.  One of the projects is having 4-5 walls painted with murals. They are looking for talented Gulf Coast artists who are experienced in painting murals. If you are a muralist or part of a group of muralists, and you are interested in being part of this amazing project, please email andrea@divinemoxie.us and they will provide more details.  **This is a paying gig.**

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

Alabama Music Box Free Vendor Space
We’ve been playing catch up since we opened but we’re back in the art walk game and have loads of tables, sidewalk, and FEE-FREE space for all of you lovely creative people to share and sell your art from. So come sell your art in the only venue that has a high-art funhouse face haha! If you’d like to set up just send me an email with “ART WALK” in the header with your name and a few pics of your art and we will add you to the art walk event on our FB page and promote your stuff! No cheap imported jewelry or other similar garbage will be allowed. That’s what AMB Flea on Sunday’s are for. Needs to be from your brain and hands, please! Email: Alabamamusicbox@me.com

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
On a rolling basis, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. Apply for The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant here.

Call for Artists: Lupercalia Art Society
A new art gallery is open in Downtown Mobile, Alabama. 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.

Call for Artists & Available Rental Space: Stewart Heath Gallery in Eastern Shore
Stewart Heath Gallery is a gallery at the Eastern Shore Shopping center (between Dillards and Belk in the outdoor mall). They are currently accepting artists to display their works, as well as renting out their space for events, classes, and more. If interested, contact gallery owner Stewart Heath at 404-822-3018 or email heathjordan@aol.com.

Call for Artists: The Artists' Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The Artists’ Place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer serves as an arts ministry to the congregation and community. Their intent is to provide works of beauty and aesthetic power in areas of the church where people gather; to provide an outreach to the community by inviting them to display or view local artworks, and to provide an opportunity for people in the community to become familiar with Redeemer and the Episcopal Church. View the exhibition information and agreement for more information!

Call for Artists: Salon West 54 Hundred - Gallery Space
Salon West 54 Hundred is set to open their new “downtown” salon in Midtown on September 1st and are in need of artists. They have 60’ of gallery track with lots of available wall space and an artistic vibe. The commission on sales is 20%. Contact Whitney Vittor at (251) 662-8370 for additional information, or message them on their Facebook page.

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery - Art Does It
Art Does It (ADI) is an Alabama non-profit with a Federal 501 (c)(3) charitable status, and a Board of Trustees–consisting of artists, business professionals, grant writers, and legal minds– formed in light of the recent need for a permanent art exhibition space on Dauphin Island. ADI and the artists wish to call the former DI welcome center it's home and to operate an artist co-op there. Visit their website to get involved with the gallery!

Call for Artists: Dauphin Island Gallery
Applications are now being accepted for fine artists and handcrafters in Mobile and South Mobile County to show and sell their work in the Dauphin Island Gallery on 918 Bienville Blvd. Contact the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council at 251-490-0294 or  email photos of your work to jury@dauphinislandas.org if you want to apply!

Call for Artists: Mobile Arts Council
Mobile Arts Council coordinates monthly exhibitions in its gallery in Room 1927, 6 S Joachim St., emphasizing work by professional and amateur artists who live (or have lived) in the Mobile Bay area.  Shows focus on work by students, emerging artists, artists not represented in a gallery, or established artists moving in a new direction (e.g. a new medium, new subject, new style). Exhibitions are usually displayed from the first Monday of the month through the last Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 until 9 PM on the second Friday of each month during the LoDa ArtWalk. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM, and usually on Saturday mornings when the Market on Cathedral Square is active.  For details on submitting a proposal (or on any other aspects of an exhibition), contact Lucy Gafford. 

Arts and Crafts Markets

Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of opportunities for artists and craft-makers to sell their handcrafted goods throughout the year.

LoDa ArtWalk

A monthly event jointly sponsored by the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department and Mobile Arts Council. On this evening, local art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops open their doors for people to come inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. A map can be located on the bottom of the Special Events webpage here. To display inside a gallery during ArtWalk, please contact that gallery directly.

When:  Every second Friday of the month, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: LoDa (Downtown Mobile)

Holiday Market

Every year Mobile Arts Council and the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department work together to create the annual Holiday Market, taking place in Mardi Gras Park in early December.

Check back for updates!

Market in the Park

Each year, Mobile Arts Council partners with the City of Mobile’s Special Events Department to produce this market event. Formerly known as Market on the Square, Market in the Park is the same market, located in Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile. The market features one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, as well as locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honey, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta, and more.

***Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, vendor participation in Market in the Park in temporarily suspended. Vendors will be notified as soon as participation is safe again.***

When - Seasonal event:

SPRING

  • Late April through the end of July
  • 7:30 AM until noon

FALL

  • Mid October through mid November
  • 7:30 AM until noon

Where: Cathedral Square (Downtown Mobile)

Mobile Galleries

The fourth edition of A Guide to Downtown Art Spaces is now available, listing venues that display original art, both commercial and non-profit organizations devoted specifically to art, as well as businesses for which visual art is an ancillary feature.

The brochure lists each venue’s physical address, phone number, website address and hours of operation. It also features a map showing each venue’s location.

The project has been coordinated by Mobile Arts Council, which hosts a monthly meeting of representatives of downtown art spaces, open to anyone who would like to be involved. Dee Cariglino (dee c. design) is responsible for the look and layout of the publication, and the printing was provided in part by Optera Creative.