Alabama State Council on the Arts Awards Grant to Mobile Arc Art Education Program
Mobile Arc is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $3,500 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.
MOBILE ARC RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTH ALABAMA FOR $8,500
Mobile Arc is pleased to announce it has received an $8,500 grant from The Community Foundation of South Alabama. These funds will support Mobile Arc’s Marc-Art program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Mobile Arc’s art programs, including Marc-Art (visual arts), music therapy, martial arts and dance, encourage participants to express themselves creatively, improving their health and socialization skills. People with developmental disabilities have unique needs and levels of capability as well as creative talents, and these art programs give them the opportunity to grow and learn from instructors, collaborate with local artists, and find their own distinctive gifts. For many individuals who are non-verbal or lack basic communication skills, these programs offer them an outlet for self-expression only the arts can provide.
“As a community we share the commitment to create opportunities for everyone to thrive, especially on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Jeff Zoghby, Mobile Arc Executive Director. “We deeply appreciate The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s generous support of our mission and our Marc-Art program for people with developmental disabilities.”
The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
"The Community Foundation of South Alabama is proud to support Mobile Arc and the expansion of the Marc-Art program," said Rebecca Byrne, CFSA President and CEO. "The important work Mobile Arc does makes an integral difference for Mobile County citizens with disabilities."
About The Community Foundation of South Alabama
The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a nonprofit charitable organization that plays a key role in meeting the needs of an eight-county region through leadership and grants. The Foundation serves as a vessel for donors, volunteers and the community to share ideas, identify issues and build financial resources necessary to make improvements and positively impact the community. The Foundation administers a collection of charitable funds established by members of the community. Since its founding in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the community. The Community Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.
Grant from Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation Charitable Trust Funds New Mobile Arc Roof
Mobile Arc’s Moorer Learning Center on Gordon Smith Drive has a new roofing system funded by a substantial grant from The Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation Charitable Trust. The Moorer Learning Center has served as Mobile Arc’s main habilitation and educational facility for thousands of program participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities since the early 1970s. In recent years,
the building’s roof had become vulnerable during inclement weather and in need of urgent repair.
The new roofing system, made possible through funds granted by The Dr. Monte L. Moorer Foundation Charitable Trust, ensures this facility will be able to serve Mobile citizens with disabilities for decades to come. Mobile Arc’s day habilitation and educational programs, many of which are provided in the Moorer Learning Center’s numerous classrooms and training centers, assist individuals in acquiring a variety of skill sets and enhance their learning and communication capabilities.
Mobile Arc receives funding for 2016-17 through United Way of Southwest Alabama
Two Mobile Arc programs received 2016-17 funding from the United Way of Southwest Alabama. Mobile Arc's work training program provides participants with job training and skill development as well as opportunities for community employment. Mobile Arc residential respite services provides parents and caregivers opportunities for their family member with disabilities to stay in a Mobile Arc residence. This gives caregivers and parents the chance to take a break, travel, or seek medical care for themselves while their family member is cared for in a residence with staff to assist them. Funds from the United Way of Southwest Alabama will help to fund these two programs for two years.
Mobile Arc Receives Grant for Art Education Program for 3rd Year
Mobile Arc is pleased to announce it has received a grant for the third year from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the state arts agency. This funding is used to help Mobile Arc provide our art education program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
ASCA grants are awarded through a multi-faceted competitive review process. This grant 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.
This grant awarded by ASCA is made possible through funding from an annual appropriation from the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. This public support 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.
Mobile Arc is sincerely grateful to ASCA and our state senators and representatives for this funding.