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COMMUNITY ARTS

Create Birmingham envisions a region where art plays a key role in creating a more inclusive and vibrant community. We believe that community arts projects should center artistic impact and experience while also advancing equity.

Each community arts project is an opportunity to bring local artists and community members together to create context and connection in the present while celebrating our rich history and shaping our shared future. 

Create Birmingham offers free professional development for local artists and serves as a key creative partner for local organizations, businesses, and municipalities. We also provide resources and information on local, regional, and national opportunities for Birmingham area artists.

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ASPHALT ART INITIATIVE IN SMITHFIELD

Create Birmingham serves as the arts partner for the City of Birmingham on a new public art project in the Smithfield neighborhood that will enhance the intersection of 8th Avenue West and Center Street, working in collaboration with  Smithfield stakeholders and local visual artist Lydia Walker. The design and community feedback phases take place in August and September, with the collaborative installation and block party on Saturday, October 15th.

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THE COMIC STRIP CHALLENGE

Create Birmingham, in partnership with CreateHubs leaders Eric Pertilla and Kristena Hatcher, is excited to launch a monthly comic strip competition and publication for the residents of Jefferson County, Alabama. This initiative is meant to encourage creatives of all ages to explore job opportunities and career pathways in creative industries. In an effort to better engage with role models in the industry, we are delighted to share all submissions with an outstanding group of industry leaders who will serve as judges.

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Public screening of Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley, a Film by George King

Join Create Birmingham, in partnership with the Birmingham Museum of Art, for a screening of Thumbs Up For Mother Universe Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley. This feature-length documentary traces the dramatic life of American artist Lonnie Holley from his impoverished beginnings and educational opportunities to becoming a revered visual artist and musician. The film also reveals Holley’s creative process—his insights into conservation, ecology and the environment, and his sources of deep inspiration rooted in the spirit, southern life and African American history and culture. Following the screening, we invite you to join us for a public reception in which the filmmaker George King and Lonnie Holley will be in attendance.

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THE CURB MAKERS MARKET IN TRUSSVILLE

Create Birmingham is partnering with The Curb to present a community arts event and makers market, showcasing outstanding creative work in Trussville. We are co-hosting two markets in 2022 to support participating artists and makers. The first market was held on Saturday, June 4th. The second market will be held in November. Applications from interested artists and makers are currently being accepted.

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THE WORLD GAMES YES PROGRAM

The World Games 2022 and Create Birmingham created a workshop series to help young entrepreneurs develop their marketing skills. Students attended five virtual workshops and developed business strategies to implement during The World Games 2022. Each student had a booth at The World Games Merchant Market, with the opportunity to showcase and sell products to an international market. .

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GRAFFICA LIVE!

Film Birmingham / Create Birmingham supported GRAFFICA LIVE!, a free public event on April 23, 2022 that was held in conjunction with and funded in part by the Magic City Poetry Festival. The evening, hosted by T. Marie King, featured live performances by artists from the film including Artist/Creator/Director Yogi Dada; African Drum Company Sahi Ohn Ko Djony; and dancers from ASFA performing choreography by Germaul Barnes.

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MAGIC CITY ART CONNECTION CULTURAL PARTNER

Create Birmingham joined the 39th Magic City Art Connection as a premier Cultural Partner on April 22 - 24, 2022. This partnership extends to providing a professional platform for the region's artists, leadership appointments for young adults, volunteer and exhibition training for high school and university students, and a place for our best nonprofit cultural organizations to meet an enthusiastic audience.