A look at Woodlawn’s new innovative space for local creatives

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Woodlawn Mural
This mural was designed with and painted by the community in Woodlawn. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Birmingham bursts with artistic talents. One thing every creative needs is a space to explore their creativity and design. Birmingham’s Woodlawn community is offering a space for local artists to do just that. Let’s meet Commonplace, shall we?

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How i3 Academy fits into Woodlawn’s new vision—apply by Jan. 18, 2021

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Mashonda Taylor of the Woodlawn Foundation + Dr. Tommy Bice with i3 Academy
i3 Academy is built into the fabric of the Woodlawn Community. l-r: Mashonda Taylor, Executive Director of Woodlawn Foundation + Dr. Tommy Bice, Chair of the i3 Academy board of directors. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you haven’t heard, i3 Academy is a new tuition-free public charter school in Woodlawn. Their mission: to help students become change agents and problem solvers. They’re currently taking applications for the lottery for rising K-6 students. To learn more, we reached out to Mashonda Taylor and Dr. Tommy Bice. Here’s what they said.

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Meet i3 Academy’s Dr. Martin Nalls + why he loves this new charter school in Woodlawn

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Dr. Martin Nalls of i3 Academy
Dr. Martin Nalls is the head of school at i3 Academy. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Imagine, investigate, innovate. That’s what the three “I”s stand for at  Academy, and a lot of each is happening at this new charter school in Woodlawn. We spoke with Dr. Martin Nalls, the head of school at i3 Academy, to get the inside scoop on why he and others love this school so much. If you’ve got a rising K-6th grader, apply before Jan. 18, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year lottery.  

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20 properties acquired by the Woodlawn Foundation with help from Birmingham Land Bank

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Revitalized homes in Woodlawn. Photo Courtesy via Birmingham Land Bank

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority (BLBA) was established to help facilitate the revitalization of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods, and because of their continued work they helped acquire 20 properties with the Woodlawn Foundation. The Woodlawn Foundation was founded on providing high quality, mixed-income and single-family housing options to Woodlawn residents.

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