The arts have much to say about community and, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, they have the chance to speak out loud and clear on the significance of the 50th anniversary of 1963, Birmingham’s seminal year in the nation’s civil rights movement.
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, a longtime partner of the Community Foundation, received the grant and will work with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Urban Bush Women. According to Cultural Alliance Executive Director Buddy Palmer, the project is designed to help cultural organizations and working artists work in close collaboration with neighborhood-centered institutions to create artistic expressions focused on themes of human and civil rights, race, class and power.
Coming up later will be a week-long institute, organized by the Cultural Alliance. If you want to be part of that future institute, sign up now to attend a free introductory forum next weekend – May 18-19. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by contacting Nicole Goetsch by e-mail or by phone at 205-458-1393.
- Friday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon at ArchitectureWorks or 2-4 p.m. at West End Public Library
Another special event – Dance for Every Body Workshop by Urban Bush Women – is set for May 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Children’s Dance Foundation in Homewood.