Later this month, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival will fill the streets of downtown Birmingham with filmmakers, film lovers and lots of visitors who want to check out the latest and greatest on screen. Red Mountain Theatre Company recently ended a successful run of “Legally Blonde,” with the musical version of “The Color Purple” on the way in September.
From shows like these to attractions such as the Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham Zoo, arts and culture organizations are adding millions to the local economy — $235 million in 2010, according to a report by Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. Results from this national report are still being analyzed by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham and we look forward to learning more.
In the meantime, we take pride in the fact that recent grants from our Community Funds support Sidewalk and Red Mountain Theatre as part of our strategy to support a vibrant city center for Birmingham. We also are working to expand access to arts and culture through our support of a touring van for Seasoned Performers, ArtPlay programs for the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center and expansion efforts by the Shelby County Arts Council.
Join us as we drive positive change and work together on one of four important results — communities that are sustainable, livable and vibrant. As the new report shows, arts and cultural organizations benefit us in many ways — including economic development.