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Trussville chamber awarded state grant

By Gary Lloyd

The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the state arts agency.

The $1,000 grant is designated for Trussville City Fest, which will be held May 3-4 at The Mall in downtown Trussville. Formerly known as the Dog Daze Family Festival, City Fest includes music, dance, children’s activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, fireworks, and more. An estimated 4,500 people attended last year’s festival.

“This is really exciting for us,” said chamber Executive Director Diane Poole. “This grant will assist us in bringing in a performer for the festival and also for arts in education at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. It’s the third year we have been awarded a grant from ASCA, and we are pleased to be able to partner again with them
. Watch for more details on this year’s festival coming soon.”

There will be dance performances at the middle school on Friday before City Fest. The chamber has contracted a dance company, Rhythm ‘n Motion, which will have an interactive dance function to include teaching opportunities and dance performances at the school. The company will teach basics for hip-hop in which boys and girls can participate. The group will also introduce the kids to West Coast swing and Carolina shag styles of couples dancing with exhibitions and lessons.

Trussville student Brad Price, a Justin Beiber lookalike, is a part of the dance group and will dance with them at the festival.

ASCA grants are awarded through a multi-faceted competitive review process.

This grant awarded by ASCA is made possible through funding from an annual appropriation from the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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