first_img Published 3:00 am Friday, November 16, 2018 “From the beginning of our efforts to bring the arts to the forefront in Troy and Pike County, we have had the support of Al Head and ASCA,” White said. “The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Foundation received a Cultural Arts Facilities Grant for the renovation of the old Troy Post Office to an arts center. The grant was the largest given that year. “The Al Head-led Alabama State Council on the Arts has been very gracious in funding our programs over the years. We didn’t always receive the amount we had requested but we never came away empty-handed. We are where we are today because of ASCA’s support. Al’s leadership has brought the arts forward in Alabama in ways we could never have imagined. We can never thank him enough for his support, his encouragement and his leadership. Al Head will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best.”Head, who served in state arts agency positions in Florida and Louisiana before returning home to Alabama as council director in 1985, is the longest sitting state arts agency director in the country. Among the highlights of Head’s leadership are the development of a nationally-recognized state folklife program, the creation of the Alabama Writers Forum, the creation of Design Alabama, the creation of the Alabama Dance Council, expanding arts education partnerships and the cultivation of a cultural exchange with Pietrasanta, ItalyHis personal recognitions on the national level include the National Heritage Award in 2012 given by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gary Young Award presented to him in 1998 by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Retiring ASCA director Al Head visits JCA Print Article Murder trial continues The jury has begun deliberating on whether to convict Jacory Townsend, 25, of Brundidge, with first-degree murder in the shooting… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen In June 2018, Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts for the past 33 years, announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2018.Head was quoted as saying it had been a wonderful and memorable run in a field made up of a special group of artists, arts administrators, arts educators, arts patrons and volunteers.“The opportunity to contribute a bit to the quality of life in Alabama through the arts has been a privilege,” he said. You Might Like Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Latest Stories Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder On Thursday, the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Foundation and the Johnson Center for the Arts hosted a reception for Head as a way of showing appreciation to him for his leadership in moving Alabama arts forward for more than three decades.Gibson said it was Al Head’s support, his encouragement and his influence that steered Troy’s grassroots arts effort in the right direction.“We were trying to begin a cultural arts movement and look credible while doing it,” he said. “Al steered us in the right direction and helped us become notable in the art world. Al is a native of Troy but he didn’t just do it for us. His support and encouragement were also invaluable for those involved with the We Piddle Around Theater, the Troy Arts Council and Troy University. Al Head has moved the arts forward across the entire state of Alabama.”Wiley White, Johnson Center for the Arts exhibition coordinator, agreed that Head has done much for the arts in Troy and all Alabama. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Next UpMack Gibson, who chaired the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Foundation for 14 years, questioned Head’s statement.“Contributed a ‘bit’ to the quality of life?” Gibson said. “Al Head’s contributions to the arts in Alabama and to the quality of life of all our citizens are immeasurable. There is no way to calculate what his influence has meant and will continue to mean to all Alabamians. His influence has reached into every corner of the state, from the largest cities to the smallest communities. He was just what the arts in Alabama needed and he did not leave us short.” By Jaine Treadwell Mack Gibson, former chair of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, shakes hands with Al Head, retiring director of the Alabama State Arts Council. Gibson said Head has contributed an ‘immeasurable’ amount to the arts in Pike County and Alabama as a whole. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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