“Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle” retells history at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Kate Crawford, Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, walks us through what makes the exhibit particularly special. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle is a series that implores viewers to look through an alternative lens of early American history. The preeminent American modernist Jacob Lawrence uses vivid images with a narrative style to showcase how women and people of color helped shape the founding of our nation. Kate Crawford, the Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), walks us through the significance of this incredible series.

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Wall to Wall, a new interactive exhibit, brings color to the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Prepare to be completely amazed by the work of Merritt Johnson. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could just jump in?” The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is making this a possibility through their inaugural iteration of Wall to Wall, an interactive exhibit featuring four works created by Alaska-based artist Merritt Johnson.

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7 unique spots to have a get-together with coworkers

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Nothing like catching up with a cool brew. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co’s Facebook

Let’s face it. Some of us probably don’t even remember what an office looks like now that we’re working remotely. Those of us who can work from the comfort of our home are definitely privileged and lucky, but sometimes it’s nice to see co-workers—even if it is behind a mask. For some extra camaradarie, check out these spots around town to meet up with your team.

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13 arts, culture + sports organizations opening back up, including the Negro Southern League Museum

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the organizations that's reopened
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been back to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens since they reopened. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

When COVID hit back in March 2020, the City of Birmingham closed arts, cultural and sporting organizations across the city. Some of these have opened back up and others will soon. Keep reading for all the details.

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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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Birmingham Zoo returns this week! Check out the status of several Magic City attractions

June 29, 2019 is the official Grand Opening of the Birmingham Zoo’s Arrival Experience and Welcome Plaza.The new entrance is the culmination of Phase 2 of the Renew the Zoo Capital Campaign. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Magic City’s most visited tourist attraction, the Birmingham Zoo, returns this week on Thursday, June 11th for general admission patrons.

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#BMAfromHome empowers art lovers to learn, create + explore virtually

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Graham Boettcher, Director of Birmingham Museum of Art, goes live from the galleries so we don’t miss a second of the museum. Photo courtesy Birmingham Museum of Art.

I love the feeling that every time I go to the Birmingham Museum of Art, I always discover something new or see a piece of work in a different perspective. #BMAfromHome isn’t taking that away from us, in fact, it’s allowing us to connect more than ever. The arts have been adapting for centuries, and #BMAfromHome proves Birmingham is no exception.

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Calling all Marvel fans. Wakanda is coming to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 7

Wakanda’s coming to Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art.

Black Panther is arguably my favorite Marvel movie although Iron Man will always have a special place in my heart (R.I.P). On February 7 from 5- 9 PM, you can take a trip to Wakanda during the Birmingham Museum of Art’s free Art After 5 event. We’ve got all the deets!

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Powerful Birmingham Museum of Art exhibit explores the history and ramifications of redlining

Redlining BHM panel. Pictured from left to right: Richard Rice, Celestia Morgan, Odessa Woolfolk, and T. Marie King

On Tuesday night, the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted a panel titled Redlining BHM. Birmingham artist Celestia Morgan, whose current exhibit, REDLINE, is on display at the museum, was joined by community activists to discuss redlining in Birmingham and what it’s meant for the city. Learn more about it below. 

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The ultimate venue guide to Birmingham’s 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Use ticket discount code BHAMNOW15!

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Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is back August 19-25 for its 21st annual festival. Here’s your guide to venues and films playing all weekend long. Tickets available now!

Sidewalk Film Festival showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes over 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk

Here’s an overview of where and what will be live on the big screen throughout the event:

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It’s your last chance to check out Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art on August 9. Win tickets!

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It’s your last chance to check out Art on the Rocks this summer on Friday, August 9th! There’s no better place to discover amazing art, listen to great music and have a good time with friends.  Keep reading to learn how to win tickets.

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Couldn’t make it to Art on the Rocks last month? Don’t worry, it’s coming back with even more fun-filled entertainment on July 12. Win tickets!

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Interactive community mural. Photo by Birmingham Museum of Art

A night of art, music, food and drinks, what more could anyone want? Art on the Rocks is coming back for its second event of the summer.

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Art on the Rocks 2019 kicks off June 14 with live music and mural making. Win tickets now!

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Art on the Rocks is returning this year for its 15th season. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art is bringing back Art on the Rocks—three nights of art-centered entertainment—on June 14, July 12 and August 9. Keep reading to find out how to win tickets!

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Celebrate Indian culture in Birmingham at these upcoming events, including the Holi Festival of Colors

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The throwing of the colors during the Holi Festival. Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art

Culture. Dance. Music. Food. Experience all this and more at these exciting—and colorful—Indian celebrations happening in Birmingham.

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