We want to be clear. Create Birmingham is an anti-racism organization. We strive, entrepreneur by entrepreneur, to build an inclusive and just economy in which Black business ownership is equitably resourced and purposefully nurtured. We intentionally spotlight and celebrate Black thought, contribution, and achievement in the arts and all creative work, and we will continue to seek out ways to amplify Black voices.

We believe that all humans are born with a spirit of creativity and a desire to outwardly express what is felt inward. It is a national sin to allow that spirit to be suppressed or extinguished.

The legacy of slavery perpetuates poverty and its accompanying disparities for our Black citizens. It is shameful.

We’re thankful that the spirit of the indomitable Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth is alive in Birmingham today, and we actively commit ourselves to the righteous cause of justice and equality.

What is Create Birmingham doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? We’re taking care of our loved ones. That’s not just our immediate families. It’s our work family of 24,000+ people who earn a living in a creative field and now face unprecedented financial challenges. We’re involved in solution and recovery centered conversations locally and nationally to bring resources and strategies for sustainability to the businesses, individuals, and organizations whose talent and passion have, in large part, inspired Birmingham’s resurgence over the last decade.

To that end, we’re asking our small business owners, cultural nonprofit leaders, and working artists to help us understand the right solutions for our community by completing a very brief Needs Survey.

Our Resources section on the website grows daily. Keep tabs on it. Sign up for our weekly newsletter for updates and events. We’re also sharing information through Facebook and Instagram, so join us there. Check out and contribute to #bhmgetscreative for inspiration and connection. More than ever, it feels critically important to assess and remain true to the values that guide us personally and professionally, and those values will lead us to the new solutions each of us can provide for the new problems facing our customers, our audiences, our community. Because, together, we all create Birmingham.

Create Birmingham is the only agency in the region exclusively dedicated to the economic development of Birmingham’s creative industries, including performing arts, visual arts and crafts, culture and heritage, media and film, design, and culinary arts. We invest in imagination and invention by supporting workforce development, entrepreneurial ventures, and job growth in the nonprofit and commercial creative sectors. It is Create Birmingham’s privilege to collaborate with individuals, businesses, and organizations to identify opportunities, overcome barriers, and strengthen communities. We also work to raise greater public awareness of our constituents’ talents, products, services, and skills. Birmingham’s creative class is part of a 21st-century movement that is creating real economic change. We are proud to advocate for the creative industries as a critical regional asset that enhances our quality of life and fuels our collective growth.

Each week, we share opportunities, news of interest, grant deadlines, and upcoming online events, including critical COVID-19 related resources. We also interview talented dreamers and doers making a difference in Birmingham and inspiring us all in these difficult times.

Since we launched CO.STARTERS in 2014, more than 250 creative entrepreneurs have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to launch successful businesses, from brick-and-mortar shops to food tours. Get to know them. Get to know their businesses.

Birmingham’s creative economy is only as strong as the spirit of community that supports its development. Our donors partner with us to create stronger avenues for investment in our city’s creative enterprises, and we hope that you will join us.