The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be the setting for the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals for West-Central Alabama students on Nov. 19. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the DWCAC in Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

The Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre is busy with final rehearsals for its upcoming production of Annie Jr. This musical will be performed Oct. 4-6 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.  

Annie Jr. features an enchanting, irresistible story – with unforgettable songs and dance numbers. The musical, based on the popular comic strip, features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.  

Aspiring area photography students in T-Town, listen up. The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present the Annual Junior Double Exposure Juried Photography Exhibit at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery in 2020. The competition will be open to any Alabama photographers in grades 6-12.

On Aug. 15, The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jemison Van De Graaff Mansion. Four local residents will be honored for their dedicated work toward helping the Society accomplish its goal of offering residents and visitors a look at Tuscaloosa’s history through local architecture.

Before Create Tuscaloosa, there was no program to help local artists run the “business” side of their business. Seeing a need, local businesses, organizations, and individuals have partnered to deliver those resources for anyone who needs them.

Nicole Hampton, a Tuscaloosa lawyer working in intellectual property, and Ruth O’Connor, owner of O’Connor Art Studios, both saw an informational gap that needed filling. They agreed that artists could benefit from the type of legal knowledge Hampton had to offer. For individuals specializing in the arts, easy access to this knowledge would be valuable.

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

When it comes to beloved children’s characters, Shrek is often near the top of the list. Now, this beloved ogre is set to come to life on stage locally, thanks to the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.  

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers and patrons of the arts at the 23rd Druid Arts Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the theatre’s Greensboro Room at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre.

The West Alabama Quilters Guild will present the formal unveiling of Hallie O’Kelley’s “October Glory” quilt installation that is part of the Tuscaloosa Public Art project on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Government Plaza. The community is invited to attend and show appreciation to O’Kelley for her lifelong contributions to the arts and to the community. 

Paintings on tar, art made from taxidermy, and a musician who plays instruments made from garbage are just a few of the unique sights’ visitors will find at the 47th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, October 20-21 at Kentuck Park in Northport. This year’s festival will feature more than 270 artisans presenting their works, live demonstrations by craftspeople, music, storytelling, food and local craft beer.  

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