Jennifer Bunnell, Director of the Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA), has been selected as the 2017 “Distinguished Service Outside the Profession” award recipient from the Alabama Art Education Association (AAEA). Bunnell serves as the liaison among the ACA, Calhoun Community College, and Athens State University, and is integral to the promotion, event planning, and daily operations of the ACA.
Bunnell was nominated for the award by Decatur City School art educator, Tammie Clark, for her work with local teachers and involvement within the AAEA. Bunnell served on the planning committee of the AAEA Fall Conference in 2016 and was heavily involved in the planning, organization, and execution of the event. She also served on the planning committee of a professional development mini-conference for art educators in Northern Alabama last year. The ACA hosted and co-sponsored both events.
Bunnell loves the creative environment of her job saying, “The Calhoun and Athens State art professors and students are so talented, and it is fun to see their creativity in action and often on display. My job also allows me to work with people from various groups in the community, and I enjoy that as well.” She is also excited to have the opportunity to help carry out the ACA’s mission of bringing arts and cultural events to the Decatur area in an effort to establish the area as an arts community.