How to get & give help in 2021 for Birmingham creatives, including grants

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Don’t forget to support our local art shops, museums and galleries. Photo via Forstall Art Center

The past year has been a devastating blow for many Birmingham creatives as theaters closed, shows were cancelled and art was put on hold. As we trudge into the next month of the pandemic, find out how you can keep your creativity afloat and how others can support you.

Getting Help

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Apply for Local and Statewide Grants

Participate in free informational sessions offering advice & support

  • Create Birmingham’s Office Hours: These 45-minute virtual sessions provide a one-on-one consultation to artists, small business owners and all creatives alike. Reserve your spot.
  • Conversations with Creatives: Who knows your struggle better than other local creatives? In this series, hear stories and become inspired by fellow artists. Listen to past conversations here.
  • BHM Artist Collective: Looking for a place to contribute your art? This group of local artists meets up to fill blank spaces around the city and creates a community of creativity. Learn more and find out how to get involved.

Giving Help

Buy a limited edition shirt to support the Lyric and Alabama Theatres

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Purchase this cool tee, look rad and support a historic Birmingham landmark. Photo via The Atomic Lounge’s Facebook

After being closed since March 2020, the Alabama Theatre planned to reopen for the first time in months for their annual Holiday Film Series. Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, they were quickly forced to cancel the events leaving the theatre in need of more help than ever.

Spearheaded by Wheelhouse Salon, local businesses like Chocolata, Basic, the Pizitz and The Atomic Lounge teamed up to design a one-of-a-kind shirt. All proceeds go toward keeping the doors open at the Alabama Theatre.

Shop safely from your home at a local makers virtual market place

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Trove Design Shop is a vendor at the virtual Create Market. Photo via Trove Design Shop on Facebook

Since we aren’t able to go out and browse leisurely in the same ways we used to, local makers don’t receive the same support as years’ past.

The Create Market allows you to shop from small Birmingham businesses completely online. The best part is 100% of the proceeds from your purchases go directly to the vendors.

Another virtual initiative to know about is led by REV Birmingham. The in-person Woodlawn Street Market is finished for the season, but you can still shop online from local artists, creators and more.

Support through social media

You don’t always have to spend money to support creatives. Reposting their work to your Instagram story, following artists and makers on social media and tagging them in posts or even sharing stories like these are 100% free ways to help Birmingham artists.

Do you know of more ways to help Birmingham creatives? Share them with us on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

Irene Richardson
Irene Richardson
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