The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) will administer a $750,000 state-funded grant program in fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019) for improvements as well as educational programming at historic sites in Alabama.

Grants will be awarded to public or private entities that own and operate historic sites in Alabama. Grants will go to entities that have an education-based mission and educational programming and reflect the state’s geographical diversity.

Preference goes to publicly owned battlefields, structures dated 1840 or prior on the National Register and historic schools. Grants are limited to no more than $20,000 per entity.

Applicants must complete an official 2019 Historic Sites Grant application available on the AHC website, which also provides application guidelines.

Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to Tryon McLaney, Contracts and Grants, Alabama Historical Commission, by Aug. 15. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AHC will announce grant awards in October.

Fairhope ballet starts summer workshop

Bay Shore Ballet Academy (305 Fels Ave., Fairhope) announced its Summer Dance Intensive Dance Workshop and Performance is set for July 9 through Aug. 3. Sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

It is designed for intermediate to advanced-level dancers with a minimum of four years of training. A flexible tuition rate is offered, with up to one week of vacation during the four-week session. Tuition costs $275 to $375, depending on whether registration is for a three-week or a full four-week workshop.

Lessons and choreography include pieces from “La Bayadere,” “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Paquita” and other classics. Classes include dance history, pantomime, pointe, variations and vocabulary.

Faculty include Janet Carole, Kristiana Bell and Stephanie Barfield.

The workshop concludes with an in-studio performance and reception for family and invited guests.

For more information, call 251-990-9744 or visit

Animation fest looking for talent

The Mobile Animation Film Festival’s goal is to present the best student, national and international animation to local audiences. The showcase is dedicated to presenting a variety of mediums, genres and styles.

The festival organization is currently seeking entries. Early-bird deadline is Aug. 1, regular deadline is Sept. 1.

Films must be completed within the last two years and be no more than 10 minutes in length. Submissions must be made by the film’s creator or someone with express permission from the creator to submit. Non-English films should have English captions or subtitles.

Festival director is Karl Jahnke. Judges are Jeremiah Roberts and Matthew Johnson. Festival organizer is Elizabet Elliott.

This year’s event will be held at the Mobile Museum of Art on Oct. 6. A Best-in-Category prize will be awarded.

For more specifications, go to