The Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival (GCEHJF) announced its reception of a $4,000 grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). ASCA grants are awarded through a multi-faceted competitive review process and the 16-year-old festival has depended on ASCA in past years for one of its most sizable contributions.

GCEHJF will run July 29 through Aug. 2 and unfold in various locales throughout downtown. The multi-day event includes a jazz camp, an evening of poetry and spoken word performance and its centerpiece concert at The Temple on Claiborne Street.

The ASCA grant is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.