The Three Arts Club has been serving its community since 1951, when the Fortnightly Book Club, another woman’s club, began to sponsor it.
The club, whose membership is by invitation, currently has 25 members, according to its president, Heather Rice. The members meet each month to discuss club business.
“The purpose of the Three Arts Club is service to the community,” Rice said.
The club’s only fundraiser is Art Sunday, which is held each year on Labor Day weekend Sunday at King Caldwell Park. At the event, artists set up booths throughout the park and sell or show their wares. There is also food, entertainment, a children’s area and a photography contest.
“The first Art Sunday was in 1974,” Rice said. “Art Sunday is fun for the entire family.”
Rice said that since the founding of the Scottsboro City School Foundation in November of 1997, the majority of the money earned through Art Sunday is given to the foundation to further the education of Scottsboro’s children through the arts.
“The foundation provides things the school system does not,” Rice said. “We help fund violin lessons for all third graders, all fifth graders are taken to Panoply, an art festival in Huntsville, and all fourth graders are taken to the Huntsville Symphony and the Nutcracker.”
The club also gives money to summer camps and Scottsboro High School’s Drama and Art Departments. It awards scholarships each year as well.
In addition to helping the Scottsboro City Schools further arts in education, the club has built the fence at King Caldwell Park, partnered with the city to pave the walking trail through the park and bought several picnic tables at the park. It donated money to Northeast Alabama Community College to help pay for the Tom Bevill Lyceum and it also donates to the college to support bringing the Alabama Ballet to perform.
This year, Art Sunday will be Sunday, September 3, 2017 at King Caldwell Park in Scottsboro. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information on the club or Art Sunday visit the club’s Facebook page, Scottsboro Three Arts Club, or website at www.threeartsclub.org.