We Create Birmingham: Tyler and Jennifer Lyne

"People connect over a meal. Food brings people together, and food is tied to your memories and what comforts you... As a chef, that's easy to see and understand. We know what goes into each slice of bread, the life cycle of every ingredient that made it on to a plate, and what it's like to work 12 hours for something that's gone in five minutes but hopefully creates this moment of happiness."

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We Stand in Solidarity

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…

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Virtual Conversations with Creatives: Adeeba Khan

Adeeba Khan is the co-owner of Shu Shop, known for its array of sakes and Japanese whiskeys, artfully delicious menu offerings, and clandestine ambiance. Shu Shop -- and Adeeba -- were already beloved downtown mainstays pre-pandemic, but it's her resourcefulness, adaptability, and dedication to staff and community that has made this nightspot shine brightest during dark times. https://youtu.be/xxisS_0PqF8

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CARES ACT Includes Critical Support for the Creative Economy

Last week, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT), was signed into law. The $2 trillion emergency stimulus package includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, "gig economy" workers and artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy. The nation's arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and…

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