About The Arts Council of Montgomery

The Arts Council of Montgomery’s mission is to educate, encourage, and nurture the River Region’s residents by providing unique cultural arts experiences.

The Arts Council of Montgomery, founded in 1977 by the city of Montgomery’s Cultural Arts Office, is now an independent non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing art education in the River Region. The council sponsors a series of annual programs designed to instruct and reward students in the visual, performing and literary arts. With popular acronyms like ‘DOOT’ and ‘ACES,’ these programs impact thousands of students every year and focus on numerous disciplines, including vocal and instrumental music, dance, theater, and a wide variety of visual mediums. Program costs and scholarships are supported solely through fees, grants, and other donations

The Arts Council is made up of a unique cross section of volunteers, including city council appointees and representatives of most of the area’s major arts organizations. Housed in Montgomery’s Armory Learning Arts Center, the council also manages the Anita P. Folmar Art Gallery, which offers regular exhibitions of both student and professional work. The council understands the importance of artistic instruction and expression as part of a well-rounded education and seeks to nurture creativity. Through its work, it hopes to instill in our youth a lifelong appreciation of the arts.


Danae MorganDanae Morgan assumed the position of Cultural Arts Director for the City of Montgomery in August 2017. In this role, she serves as the Executive Director of The Arts Council of Montgomery and Director of The Armory Learning Arts Center. Knowing that the arts bring people together, she is most passionate about local art/culture and the positive impact it has on our community. 

A native of Pace, Florida, she has lived in the Montgomery area for the past 29 years. She is a proud graduate of Troy University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.  She also attended Pensacola Junior College, as well as the University of Maryland at Hahn AFB, Germany.

Her greatest joy is spending quality time with her family. She also enjoys a wide variety of leisure activities such as reading, decorating, travel, attending arts events and renovating her 75 year old house.

With over 20 years of Arts Administration experience gained through various positions with the City of Montgomery, she has seen many changes to the Council. Danae envisions the Council’s continued growth while serving as an umbrella for the arts in the River Region, supporting local artists with their dreams.


Margaret BarberMargaret is a Mississippi University for Women graduate and ceramic artist, calling Montgomery home since 2000. She ran a small business for twenty years before entering the public work force, most recently as the Arts Program Coordinator for The Armory Learning Arts Center/Arts Council of Montgomery.  She has taught classes through her studio, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Armory Learning Arts Center. Currently, she serves as a member of the Steering Committee and Treasurer for the Alabama Clay Conference. She and her running group implemented Empty Bowls of Montgomery, incorporating art and community involvement in a fundraiser.  Over the ten year span of annual events, over $60,000 was raised, benefiting the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Margaret and her husband, Terry, have raised three sons in Montgomery and enjoy three grandchildren. She loves to hike, cook, make pottery, and play with grandchildren.



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