Art Crawl Turns 3!
Filed Under Downtown Birmingham
Artists and their works have long been recognized as important economic development catalysts. Art Crawl, downtown’s monthly artist showcase, is celebrating its third birthday, joining long-established events like Magic City Art Connection and ArtWalk as important contributors to downtown’s vibrancy.
Downtown loft residents Miranda McPherson and husband Richard Burton founded the event on 2nd Avenue North as a way to attract people downtown, highlight Birmingham’s deep pool of creative talent, and give artists a cost-effective way to display and sell their work.
Artists are experiencing other benefits. Local artist Rhandie Weaver, who has participated in Art Crawl for two years, said “I was interviewed on ‘Talk of Alabama’ because of Art Crawl and was awarded one of the ‘Vulcans on Parade’ statues, thanks in part to an email passed on to me by Art Crawl.”
For Jamie Harper and his wife Tammy, who work together from their home studio, Art Crawl is an incentive to “cultivate a disciplined approach. By participating in Art Crawl each month, we have a platform to show our work, which helped us through the bumps and bruises of developing and maintaining a daily creative routine… so important to all creatives!” Art Crawl also provides the couple an opportunity to connect with other artists. “Those relationships are invaluable to us,” says Jamie. “Art Crawl artists have shared other events and people to connect with, and that resulted in further exposure for our work.”
In March, Art Crawl moved to its new home at The Pizitz Building. Director Lindsey Christina says “We love being at the epicenter of downtown’s ongoing development. As Art Crawl continues to evolve, we see opportunities to grow the ‘crawl’ aspect that is designed to get people moving around to experience all the amazing amenities and energy that is downtown Birmingham.”
What Stallions cornerback, Brian Allen loves about Birmingham
Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Events, Front Page, Yaysayers
Brian Allen, a talented cornerback, has made the remarkable transition from a small town in Texas to the vibrant city of Birmingham. Choosing Birmingham for his football career for two consecutive seasons, Brian’s unwavering dedication and exceptional skills have made him a standout figure in the world of football. To dive deeper into Brian’s journey and discover his genuine appreciation for the city, watch this video with the link below!
Preserving Our Past: Celebrating Historic Preservation Month and Saving the Buildings We Love
Filed Under: Developer, Downtown Birmingham, Filling Vacant Spaces, Front Page, Potential-Proving
Many historic buildings, including the John Hand and The Frank, have been successfully redeveloped while preserving their original charm. May is Historic Preservation Month, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving historic buildings. Currently, numerous buildings possess a solid foundation but have been left vacant and require immediate attention for preservation. Find out which treasures are in need of your help today!
A Call for a Parking Revolution
Filed Under: Developer, Downtown Birmingham, Front Page, Transportation, Yaysayers
Parking lots are dead spaces. Nothing we can construct sucks the life and vibrancy out of a place more than a parking lot. Yet we cannot seem to live without parking. Views on parking dominate almost every issue related to downtown growth. From not enough parking to being too expensive, learn from David Fleming why parking is essential to Birmingham’s growth.