Since 2006, Valley Arts and Entertainment has provided music education programs to a diverse community throughout the Tennessee Valley.
Founder, Patrice Bivins
Valley Arts and Entertainment is a charitable organization founded in 2006 by Patrice Bivins. Her musical journey began at age 11 as a piano student. She further gained business of music knowledge experience while attending UCLA Music Extension & Entertainment Studies Program. She initially managed “Maxee” a late member of Brownstone, first girl group signed and recorded by MJJ Records at Sony Records. Upon returning to her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, Patrice was inspired to establish a program to support underserved students in music and support financial needs with a music scholarship program. Patrice has served as a judge for Homegrown Talent Panoply, participated in many music arts events in Huntsville. In 2014 she founded the Alabama Women in Jazz Festival.
Patrice holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Athens State University and a double Masters in Business Administration and Public Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.
Advisory Council Committee
Dr. Marilyn Lewis-Alim
Dr. Marilyn Lewis is an Education Specialist in Academic Affairs at Marshall Space Flight Center. She is also a poet, and arts advocate. As a liberal arts graduate of Spelman College with advanced degrees from Smith College (M.A. T.) and the University of Massachusetts (Ed.D.) and 48 years of professional educator experience. She believes that all children are gifted and talented and that schools must provide opportunities for all children to discover their gifts and talents. She has always used music to teach middle and high school English as well as college level literature and composition.
Marilyn is a 5 year executive board member of The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (nlapw.org), which began in 1897 to promote professional female journalists and artists. Marilyn is a published poet and editor.
Annie Readus-Erskine, a singer, writer and actress and a native of Huntsville, Alabama. She began singing since the age of 5. Ms. Readus-Erskine has been a much sought after soloist and has performed in groups from Dr. Myrtice Collins and Friends on the Bobby Jones Gospel show, to Ethan and the Ewox, to the Heritage Gospel Music Workshop in Los Angeles, CA to the East Alabama Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and 2008 winner of Panoply of the Arts Homegrown Talent competition; more recently she paid tribute to the incomparable Ms. Etta James, for The Alabama Women in Jazz Tribute to Great Jazz Divas.
She studied Business Management at Southern Union State Jr. College.
Malanya Monette has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years, working in the ever changing world of marketing and design. Malanya is a published and exhibited artist who owns a graphic design business in Huntsville Alabama. Her love for the arts and helping others burns as a flame in her heart. She understands helping children thrive through the arts builds strong and connected communities.
Malanya holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Graphics-Graphic Design.
Valley Arts Governance:
Our operations are based on the standard non-profit governance regulations.
Board of Directors
Patrice Bivins, Founder/Director
Janice Hicks, Assistant VP
James McDonald, Treasurer
Volunteer Committee Chair, Annie Readus-Erskine