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The Arts

Tuscaloosa County offers a feast for the eyes and ears, as the arts are celebrated daily. The community’s cultural assets are interwoven with its economic progress and continue to enrich the exceptional quality of life.

The city of Tuscaloosa’s outdoor amphitheater seats 7,470 and features state-of-the-art sound, visual and electronic infrastructure, and amenities. It hosts many concerts and events plus serves as a platform for the cultural arts in the area.

The Arts Council and its member organizations provide a coordinated year-round calendar of events.

The beautifully-restored 1930s style Bama Theatre is a performing arts center in downtown Tuscaloosa that offers music, dance, theater, stage productions, film and educational programs. The facility is the only “atmospheric” style theatre in the state of Alabama.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (CAC) opened in 2013 to bring the arts and cultural community together in downtown Tuscaloosa. It houses a black box theatre/workshop space which is perfect for family programming, educational opportunities and rehearsal space or community meeting space for rent. In addition, the CAC houses offices for local arts groups and a gallery space for The University of Alabama.

A state-of-the-art teaching and performing theater, the Bean-Brown Theatre, is located on the campus of Shelton State Community College and is home to Theatre Tuscaloosa.

The Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus provides an annual calendar of cultural and entertainment experiences, featuring national and international performers and artists – from classical and opera to jazz and popular. The Moody Center is also home to the Tuscaloosa Symphony.

The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance presents performances at the Galloway Theatre, as well as plays in the Allen Bales Studio Theatre. The University’s Department of Dance offers unique performances throughout the year, including Dance Alabama in Morgan Auditorium.

Exhibits of student, faculty and internationally recognized visual artists are featured in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

At the Kentuck Art Center, in historic downtown Northport, you’ll find working artists’ studios nestled around a courtyard beside a Gallery Shop. Monthly exhibitions are held. The Kentuck Festival of Arts, held on the third weekend in October, has become one of the South’s most prestigious and recognized arts and crafts festivals.

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