Mobile Arc, a non-profit that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has received a grant of $3,250 for its art education program from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the state arts agency. Mobile Arc is a nonprofit organization providing a full spectrum of services to approximately 300 Mobile County residents with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses.
Mobile Arc helps these individuals become active members of the community by creating opportunities for skill development, employment, housing, and transportation. To help them reach their fullest potential, they are also offered music therapy, martial arts, recreation, and art education classes. Many people with developmental disabilities struggle with self-expression and communication, and weekly art classes encourage them to socialize and express their feelings, resulting in improved health and quality of life.
This grant assists Mobile Arc with its art education program's expenses for an art instructor and supplies. ASCA grants are awarded through a multi-faceted competitive review process and are made possible through funding from an annual appropriation from the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Receiving this funding signifies that Mobile Arc provides programs of artistic quality, serves the needs of the community, and demonstrates high-level administrative standards, as well as enhancing education of students at all levels.
Public support like this enables Mobile Arc to reach new audiences, foster community development, provide the highest quality programming, and demonstrate the importance of arts as a component for quality of life in Alabama.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants program and provides financial assistance in arts education and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.