As the only local agency exclusively focused on Birmingham’s creative industries, Create Birmingham plays a unique role in growing the creative sector.

Create Birmingham’s mission is to invest in imagination and invention. Through our programs, we construct and support diverse avenues for commercial and nonprofit creative success. Through our advocacy, we work to ensure that Birmingham’s creative industries are recognized not only for their cultural impact, but also for their contribution to the greater Birmingham area’s economic development.

Our organization was originally established in 2004 as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, based on a recommendation of the Cultural Master Plan for the Greater Birmingham Region, a comprehensive document addressing cultural needs and recommended strategies to address those needs.

By 2013, the creative landscape in Birmingham and the region looked very different than in 2003, and so we embarked on a new initiative to map a growth plan for Birmingham’s creative industries, the sum of both commercial and nonprofit creative work in the community. The launch of our new name, mission and organizational model followed the 2014 release of our report Stoking Innovation in the Magic City: Birmingham’s Creative Industries.

Birmingham’s creative economy is only as strong as the spirit of community that supports its development, and we hope that you will join us in our efforts.


Our website is specifically structured for those of you who earn, or plan to earn, all or part of your livelihood within a segment of Birmingham’s creative industries — design, film and media, culinary arts, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, or in one of our important culture and heritage organizations. Our goal is to provide a support network for your business or nonprofit, connecting you to financial, professional and personal development opportunities, along with vital resources that build community online and on the ground.


We’re the team that is here to connect with you and help you on your path.

Buddy Palmer, President & CEO
Jessica Moody, Director of Programs
Meg Daniel Nelson, Director of Development

Left to right: Jessica Moody, Meg Daniel Nelson, Buddy Palmer


Create Birmingham’s board members are a diverse and dedicated group of civic-minded individuals that contribute expertise, resources, leadership and their own creativity to advocate on behalf of the sector. We simply couldn’t do it without them!


Richard I. Pigford
Partner, ArchitectureWorks

Brian Giattina
Chief Financial Officer, Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio, Inc.

Kate Nielsen
Chair, Development Committee
President (Retired), Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Carol E. Clarke
Immediate Past Chair
General Manager, Southside Development Company


Bryan Chace
Director of Outreach Communications, United Way of Central Alabama

Kathryn W. Corey

Robert Dickerson, Jr.
CEO, Birmingham Business Resource Center & Foundation Capital

Ann W. Forney
Senior Vice President & Corporate Contributions Director, Regions Bank

Charles Powell IV
Attorney-at-Law, Littler Mendelson

Angela Wier
Vice President, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

Create Birmingham constructs avenues for creative pursuit in community spaces, education, and workforce development with generous support from community investors including the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, Protective Life Foundation, Jemison Investment Co., Regions Bank, and the C. Eugene Ireland Foundation. A complete list of our partners can be found here