Northport, Alabama, a small city in Tuscaloosa County, is known for its Kentuck Art Center and Art Night, which is held on the first Thursday of every month and offers residents and tourists an opportunity to visit the city’s galleries and witness art demonstrations. While the arts play a large roll in Northport’s culture, like many cities throughout the United States, Northport lacks resources for arts education in its schools and relies on the community to help fund arts education programs.
Regardless of the industry, local businesses can play a powerful roll in funding arts education. One local C Mart in Northport, for example, has pledged a penny of every gallon of gas sold to the Northport Fine Arts Initiative, which funds arts education programs in the local elementary schools. While that may not seem like much on the surface, “The goal for this year is between $7,000 and $8,000,” said C Mart owner Roshan Patel. The business will write a check every six months to the Northport Fine Arts Initiative to help pay for supplies, resources, and staffing expenses.
For C Mart, the partnership enables the business to connect with its customers. “We’re happy with the way our business is running in Northport, and it’s time to help give back to the community,” said Patel. “We deal with parents every day. They bring their kids in.”
Interested in supporting arts education in your community? Discover Americans for the Arts’ arts education resources here.