Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame chosen for “Southern Cultural Treasure” program by South Arts

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
The Carver Theatre in Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

On Thursday, July 21, Councilor Carol Clarke (District 8) announced that South Arts has named the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame a “Southern Cultural Treasure”, making the organization eligible for grant funding. Keep reading to learn more about the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Southern Cultural Treasure initiative.

Named to the Southern Cultural Treasure Initiative

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame maintains an exhibit in the Carver Theatre. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

South Arts (formerly Southern Arts Federation) is a nonprofit regional arts organization that aims to empower, “artists, organizations, and communities, and [increase] access to arts and culture.” The organization is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, state agencies and a variety of public and private donors.

One of South Arts’ newest initiatives, Southern Cultural Treasures is a four-year, $6,000,000 program that aims to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and -serving arts and cultural organizations in the Southeast. Selected organizations will receive critical funding and resources that South Arts hopes will enhance their impact on the cultural landscape.

Announced in July, the Southern Cultural Treasures cohort includes:

About the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
The Carver Theatre in Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Founded in 1978, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organizations that honors the state’s jazz legends and encourages the next generation of jazz musicians in Alabama. Inductees into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame include:

Since 1993, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame has had an exhibit inside the historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District. Currently, the Carver Theatre is undergoing a major city-led restoration.

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Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham's history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City's future.

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