The I-59/20 rainbow lights through downtown are here to stay! (Photos+video)

Rainbow bridges on I-59/20 near UpTown. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Last April, in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, Birmingham was treated to a rainbow of lights that appeared on the newly opened I-59/20 bridges downtown. 

After a while, they disappeared. Now they are back permanently. 

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Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham

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“Altruistic Visionary” by Cordray Parker & Brad Morton. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.

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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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Looking to view local art? Check out Canary Gallery in downtown Birmingham

Libby Pantazis outside Canary Gallery. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If there’s one thing that makes Birmingham special, it’s the community’s passion for local art. Whether it’s new murals popping up all over town or community events like Bham Art Crawl, there is always somewhere to stroll around and view art. We took a visit to Canary Gallery in downtown Birmingham, which recently opened back up with new hours, to learn more about the unique space.

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[PHOTOS] A look at 15+ of the newest murals around Birmingham

One of my personal faves around town. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you drive through Birmingham one thing is certain—the streets are decorated with pieces of art you may not even notice. Here are some of the most recent murals we’ve seen around town lately, including a 100-foot long piece in Selma. Which ones are your favorites?

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Former Virginia Samford Theatre student cast in “Dear Evan Hansen”

Former “Mean Girls” actor DeMarius Copes just landed his next big role. Photo via Tyler Gustin courtesy of DeMarius Copes

Birmingham’s next star is about to be born. Well, our next Hollywood star that is—DeMarius Copes has already graced the stages of Broadway. A Fairfield, AL native and former member of Virginia Samford Theatre’s STARS (Students Take A Role at the Samford) program, DeMarius was recently cast in Universal’s movie version of the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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Meet the organization bringing together cultures from across Asia right here in Birmingham

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Don’t they look like they’re having so much fun? Photo via Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation’s Facebook page

As Birmingham prepares to host The World Games 2022, we’re taking a look at some of the many different cultures that call The Magic City Home. Last week, when we told you about unique Asian restaurants, we promised to come back and introduce you to the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation. To find out more, we spoke with Helen Kim.

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Samford Academy of the Arts’ instructors share their secret to success—register for classes today

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Voice Instructor Morganne Best performing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo courtesy of Morganne Best

There’s nothing like the feeling of doing something you love—even if you don’t know you love it yet. Do you have a talent you’ve never had the opportunity to explore? Hear how Morganne Best and Kathryn Lamb, Voice and Violin Instructors at Samford Academy of the Arts, discovered theirs and register for the fall session B classes to uncover new possibilities for yourself.

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7 local artists’ Instagram accounts you need on your feed

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Art created by Micah McKenzie and Derrick McKenzie Jr. Photo courtesy of Micah McKenzie

As much as we love seeing ice cream and doughnuts while we’re going through the ‘Gram, it doesn’t do much to inspire us—just our hunger. Birmingham has art in every corner of the city and the most accessible way to find unique styles is through social media. Start scrolling with us.

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Make your home beautiful with vintage pieces from these 9 shops, including Stash Bham

If 2020 has you wishing your home was a more inspiring space, you’re not alone. Thankfully, with Birmingham’s online interiors market, your nightly Instagram routine can turn into the chance to redecorate. Check out these nine accounts that source stunning vintage pieces in Birmingham from thrift shops and antique stores for local pickup.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art reopens Oct. 6—plus 5 new exhibits

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I’m so looking forward to walking through those doors again and feasting my eyes on new images. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Who else has been missing the Birmingham Museum of Art during the pandemic? They’re planning to reopen to the public Tuesday, October 6. And, they’ve got five exhibits coming this fall that’ll make you want to stop by for a visit.

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Ironworking is alive in Birmingham—here’s how you can try it out

A pretty cool new skill. Photo via MAKEbhm on Facebook

Birmingham’s history has deep roots in iron and steel. At its founding in 1871, two rail lines crossed near one of the world’s richest deposits of minerals—and thus our Magic City was born. Plenty of Birmingham residents are still working with iron and steel today. You can try it for yourself!

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3 new nonprofit initiatives in Birmingham, including Project Empathy

King’s Home recently dedicated this new facility. Photo via King’s Home

Our Birmingham nonprofits are constantly rising to meet the needs of our community, and 2020 has brought more needs than ever. These 3 local organizations are stepping up to the plate, and you can, too. Here’s how.

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