Welcome to the Artistic Literacy Consortium!

The mission of the Artistic Literacy Consortium is to provide fully funded, high quality, arts education that enlightens, inspires, and develops in every Alabama student the creative and innovative thinking necessary to ensure college and career readiness.

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The Artistic Literacy Consortium is the first statewide initiative for arts education. The ALC is a partnership between the Alabama Arts Alliance, the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama State Department of Education. In September 2013, a task force was formed to create a plan to increase measurable impact toward developing artistic literacy for all Alabama students. A plan for arts education was unanimously endorsed by the Alabama State Board of Education. The result was the founding of the Artistic Literacy Consortium.

What is artistic literacy?

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards explains artistic literacy as having the “knowledge and understanding required to participate authentically in the arts.”

For more information on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards click  here .

For more information on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards click here.

How is the ALC making an impact in our schools and communities?

There are currently three regional collaboratives contributing to the mission of the ALC. Each collaborative is unique but all are creating connections between community artists and schools. Artists meet and plan with, not for, the teachers to determine the needs of the students. Through collaboration of community artists and teachers, the students experience the arts with core curriculum creating a fun, positive, and effective learning environment. Check out more information about the collaboratives below!


Located in Huntsville and headquartered at Arts Huntsville, North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative serves six school districts spanning three counties: Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, and Decatur City schools. Click here to checkout the great media coverage!

Director is Karen Anderson.


Headquartered at the Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, the West Alabama Arts Education Collaborative serves Tuscaloosa County and Tuscaloosa City School Systems, providing innovative arts integration programming for over 160 students during the 2018-2019 school year, and will expand its reach in 2019-2020 and beyond. Click here to checkout the wonderful media coverage!

Director is Shannon McCue.


The Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative serves school districts across Jefferson County and convenes over 100 arts providers to increase access to arts education. Click here to check out the fantastic media coverage!

Director is Deanna Sirkot.


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