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The Mobile Arts Council offers a variety of Arts in Education programming, including ChARTing New Directions, the Visual Arts Achievement Program, Poetry Out Loud, and Five. In these programs, we work to develop artistic skills, encourage creativity, and boost confidence in area students.

Read more about our many programs and get involved through our Education page here!

The Throwdown

Now in its 10th year, The Throwdown is Mobile Arts Council's largest annual fundraiser. This event has raised over $130,000 to fund our mission to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community.

Last year Monica J. Beasley, Soynika Edwards-Bush, Steve Joynt, Abe Partridge, and Kathleen Kirk Stoves battled for the title of Throwdown Chamption in the first-ever virtual competition. The culmination of this event (the reality show premier and live auction) took place on Thursday, October 29th! The artwork with the highest bid was created by Abe Partridge, who was declared the 2020 Throwdown Champion.

The silent auction items and competitors' artwork was on display in the Gallery in Room 1927 throughout October 2020. Watch the competition video below!

The 2021 Competition will be back LIVE at the Battleship this October! We are now accepting applications for 2021 competitors. If you are interested in sponsoring this year's event, contact Angela Montgomery.

2020 -2021 Community Grants

Community Arts Grants

Mobile Arts Council's origins are rooted in arts granting. MAC was founded by the Junior League of Mobile in 1955 as an informational center and a regranting organization to support the local arts and cultural community. Since that time, MAC has expanded to serve the arts community in several ways that support our mission of art for all.

Visit our Arts Grants page for udated information on when applications will be accepted!

2021 Arts Grant Recipients


In 2019, MAC launched the Taco Takedown, a taco cook-off fundraiser, to rebuild the arts grant program. Due to the overwhelming success of this event, we are pleased to be able to offer four $1,000 grants for 2019 to both Mobile-area individuals and organizations. We hope to continue to grow this program and offer more grant opportunities to the arts community in the coming years.

Visit our Arts Grants page to view guidelines and apply!



The Artys

The Artys is Mobile’s only arts award program that acknowledges the priceless contributions made to our arts and cultural community. For seventeen years, the Mobile Arts Council has presented these awards to recognize the creative achievements of impactful individuals, organizations, and businesses. The community-nominated winners of each category are presented with an Arty, a limited edition work of art created by a different local artist, each year. The 2020 awards will be created by artist Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough. This year's Artys will take place at the Steeple on Saint Francis on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stay tuned for updates regarding the night's festivities and award recipients!

Nominate an individual for the Final Curtain today.





The Mobile Arts Council was proud to announce the addition of "The Final Curtain" to the 2020 Artys awards ceremony.  This segment of the event acknowledged and honored the individuals who had recently passed away (2018-2019). Nominate someone for 2019 - 2021 online today.

2018 award by Chris Cumbie

2018 Recipients

Visual Artist – Pink/MM Bass
Performing Artist, Org. – Power Lines Poetry

Performing Artists, Ind. – Enen Yu

Art Educator – Hosea London
Cultural Innovation – Central Arts Collective
Design – Mobile Fashion Week
Literary Artist – Kevin Lee
Business – Mobile Public Library
Organization – Mobile Chamber Music
Art Soldier – Sherrick Sandy
Lifetime Achievement – Excelsior Band
2017 award by April Livingston

2017 Recipients

Visual Artist – Sean Herman
Performing Artist – Lynn Campbell
Art Educator – Stephen French
Cultural Innovation – Lynn Henderson Oldshue
Design – Patricia Richardson
Literary Artist – Frye Gaillard
Business – Kazoola
Organization – Alabama Contemporary Art Center
Art Soldier – Donna and Joe Camp
Patron – John Thompson
Lifetime Achievement – Charles Smith
2016 award by Susie Bowman

2016 Recipients

Visual Artist – JD Crowe
Performing Artist – Thomas Rowell
Art Educator – Paige Vitullli
Artistic Innovation – Frye Building Project
Artistic Design – Ron Barrett
Literary Artist – John Sledge
Business – Windcreek Hospitality
Organization – Mobile Museum of Art
Art Soldier – Steven Alsip
Patron – Jake Peavy
Lifetime Achievement – Tut Riddick
2015 award by Rene Culler

2015 Recipients

Visual Artist – Ardith Goodwin
Performing Artist – Stacey Driskell
Art Educator – Nancy Raia
Artistic Innovation - 1065 Music Festival
Business – Bienville Books
Organization – Downtown Mobile Alliance
Mover and Shaker – Henry and Kate Seawell
Lifetime Achievement – Charlie Smoke
2014 award by Kate Seawell

2014 Recipients

Artist – Jason Guynes

Business – PNC Bank

Educator – Ben Harper

Organization – Mobile Ballet

Patron – Harold and Carlos Parkman

Volunteer – Mike Box

Emerging Artist – Lucy Gafford

Lifetime Achievement – John and Mickey Cleverdon

2013 award by Rachel Wright

2013 Recipients

Artist – Mike McKee
Business – Crescent Theater
Educator – Lori Bilbrey Vaghefi
Organization – Mobile Symphony Orchestra
Patron – Dr. Thomas Rosandich
Volunteer – Dan Silver
Emerging Artist – Riley Brenes
Lifetime Achievement – Carmen Brown
2012 award by Wanda Sullivan

2012 Recipients

Artist – Scott and Sarah Wright

Business – wellbornIdeas

Educator – Carolyn Greene

Organization – Spring Hill Medical Center Auxiliary

Patron – Gordon and Geri Moulton

Volunteer – Janetta Whitt-Mitchell

2011 award by Joe Hobbs

2011 Recipients

Artist – Rachel Wright

Business – Black Classics Book & Gifts

Educator – Orren Kickliter

Organization – MOJO (Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed)

Patron – Catt Sirten

Volunteer – Martha LoCicero

2010 award by Wayne McNeil and Paul Moxon Photograph by Tom Loehr

2010 Recipients

Artist – Wanda Sullivan

Business – The Blind Mule

Educator – Jane Shaw

Organization – Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival

Patron – Herndon Inge III

Volunteer – Laureen Lynn

2009 award by Brad Robertson

2009 Recipients

Artist – Charles Smith

Business – Gallery 54

Educator – Danny and Pam Mollise

Organization – Azalea City Quilters’ Guild

Patron – Arlene Mitchell

Volunteer – Elmo Hammer

2008 award by Charles Smith Photograph by Mark Calametti

2008 Recipients

Artist – Kate Seawell

Business – Evonik - Degussa

Educator – Nancy Raia

Organization – Mobile Art Association

Patron – Yvonne Kalen

Volunteer – Marian Blake

2007 award by Casey Downing, Jr. Photograph by David Trimmier

2007 Recipients

Artist - Lil Greenwood

Business - Alabama Power Company

Educator - Charles "Mack" Clark

Organization - Joe Jefferson Players

Volunteer - Joe Riemer

2006 award by John B. Howell III Photograph by Mark Calametti

2006 Recipients

Artist - Dr. Sue Walker

Business - The Chesser Gallery

Educator - Dr. Joseph Mitchell

Organization - WHIL-FM

Patron - Palmer Bedsole

Volunteer - Celia Mann Baehr

2005 award by Bertice McPherson Photograph by Amanda Napper

2005 Recipients

Artist – Casey Downing, Jr.

Business - Ciba

Educator – Barbara Laurendine

Organization – Mobile Opera

Patron – Dr. Sam Eichold

Volunteer – Patrice Baur

2004 award by Tony Wright

2004 Recipients

Artist – Ira Swingle, Jr.

Business - Mobile Register

Educator – Christy LeGros

Organization – Theatre 98

Patron – Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust

Volunteer – Jane Williamson