Cullman library receives grant for August Alabama Bicentennial art project


Cullman’s Alabama 200 Committee Chairman Drew Green presents a grant check to Cullman County Public Library’s Janice Cook and Cullman County Public Library System Director Sharon Townson. / W.C. Mann

CULLMAN – On Monday morning, the Cullman Alabama 200 Committee presented the Cullman County Public Library with a check for $500, which will enable the library to host a free community art event in August.  Bicentennial Committee Chairman Drew Green presented the grant to Cullman County Public Library System Director Sharon Townson and Janice Cook of the Cullman County Public Library.

Cook explained how the grant will be used.

“We’re doing door hangers in the shape of the state of Alabama, and they (participants) will be able to decorate them to suit their families’ needs, whether it’s patriotic or has the family name, or whatever they prefer.  We’re providing all of the paints, all of the stencils, everything in order for them to make them and take them home with them.  The library is using this as a kickoff for the Alabama Bicentennial, so we thought this would be a fun way to kick it off.”

Townson added, “It’s just the community coming together with the city and the county providing the funds, and it’s coming through the committee to be able to do something like this for the public.  The painting parties that people do are really popular right now, so we’re just glad to be a part of it.”

The painting class will take place at the main branch of the Cullman County Public Library Monday, Aug. 7, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  Leah Barnes will oversee the class, and will provide the state-shaped wooden cutouts.  Paint, brushes and sponges, hanging wire and trim ribbon will all be available at no charge.

Admission to the event is first-come, first-served.  Pre-registration is not available.  Children age 6 and older are welcome with a parent, and participants do not have to have a library card.

One event among many, hopefully

Green hopes to see others involved in activities to promote the statehood bicentennial, and wanted to offer a reminder to the Cullman community.

“We do have some small funds like this to help out, if a group has a special project that would be connected with the bicentennial; and I also have contacts in Montgomery, if they’re interested in trying to get a big project off the ground.”

For more information, contact Green at the Cullman County Museum.

At a glance

  • Alabama door hanger painting class
  • Open to children six and older accompanied by a parent
  • Cullman County Library, main branch, 200 Clark St. NE, Cullman
  • Monday, August 7, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Free event, all materials provided
  • No registration; first come, first served

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