9 nonprofits supporting arts + culture in Birmingham right now

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No city is complete without a thriving arts and culture scene. We’re lucky that Birmingham’s is so vibrant and active. These local nonprofits are making sure arts in the Magic City stay alive—here’s how you can help.

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1. Alabama Center for Architecture

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The mission of the Alabama Center for Architecture is to advance the enjoyment of architecture and design through engagement, education and collaboration.

Read all about their mission and how they carry it our right here.

2. Alabama Conference of Theatre

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The Alabama Conference of Theatre is a network of theatre artists who promote, strengthen and sustain theatre in Alabama.

This nonprofit has its roots deep in Alabama history through the merger of two organizations: The Alabama Theatre League and The Alabama Speech Communication and Theatre Association.

3. The Alabama Theatre

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Built in 1927 by Paramount Studios, The Alabama Theatre stands as a living piece of history. They depend on events for income, but the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the future of our historic venues.

The Alabama Theatre needs donations more than ever to make sure our Birmingham Landmarks survive this crisis.

4. Birmingham Boys Choir

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The Birmingham Boys Choir is a non-profit, civic organization built with the purpose of allowing talented boys in the greater Birmingham area an opportunity to more fully develop their gifts in an area of concentrated study.

“It’s more than music. It’s training for life.”


Photo via BLERDOVER on Facebook

BLERDOVER’s purpose is to promote black excellence and P.O.C excellence in the “Blerd” world. If you are a Cosplayer, Artist, Actor, Author, Creator, Gamer, etc—this is for you. BLERDOVER is a safe haven for people of color.

“We are here to motivate you and dedicate our time to promote your ideas to the world!”

6. Community on the Rise

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Community on the Rise works to house, employ, educate and heal those experiencing homelessness and deep poverty in Birmingham.

They’re currently selling hand sanitizer in these gorgeous glass jars, all handmade by members of our community experiencing homelessness.

7. Girls Rock Birmingham

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Girls Rock Bham help girls build self-esteem and find their voices through unique programming that combines music education, performance and promotion; empowerment and social justice workshops; positive role models, collaboration and leadership skill building.

8. The Initiative for Creative Arts

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The Initiative for Creative Arts’ mission is to utilize music technology, art and Hip Hop Culture to foster creativity and improve the life skills, esteem, confidence, and entrepreneurial spirit of underserved youth and their communities.

9. The Lyric Theatre

Photo via Lyric Fine Arts Theatre on Facebook

Built in 1914 for B.F. Keith’s Vaudeville circuit, the Lyric is one of few theatres still existing today that was specifically designed to maximize the acoustics and close seating needed for vaudeville shows.

Listed on the National Register as part of the Birmingham Downtown Retail & Theatre Historic District, this century-old venue is a beacon of history, entertainment and culture in the heart of Birmingham.

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Beth Cunningham
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