Virtual Conversations with Creatives: Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson is a brand narrative photographer who has built a reputation for capturing emotion and telling the stories that connect us and the moments we want to share.Like many others in our creative community. Bryan’s work has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Social distancing has postponed many of the weddings Bryan would typically be shooting this time of year. Instead, he has found poignant beauty in photographing his quarantined Crestwood neighbors and renewed inspiration in…

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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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Latest Data Shows Increase to U.S. Economy from Arts and Cultural Sector

The arts and cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion or 4.3 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. This represents an increase of .1 percent from 2015 when economists reported that the sector added 4.2 percent or $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy. The 4.3 percent contribution for 2016 is part of the latest report of the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the…

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We Create Birmingham: Thank You Books
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We Create Birmingham: Thank You Books

"Birmingham is full of writers, readers, literary people, people with amazing taste, and people who want to have hard conversations. A bookstore can hold all of that in a really special way."

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