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Cultural District

Presented by:
BJCC & The Westin
Weld for Birmingham

2016 Participating Organizations:

Alabama School of Fine Arts – Site 411

The mission of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, a diverse community of explorers, is to nurture impassioned students by guiding and inspiring them to discover and fulfill their individual creative abilities in an atmosphere distinguished by the fusion of fact and feeling, risk and reward, art and science, school and society

The Alabama School of Fine Arts is a partially residential public school authorized and funded by the Alabama Legislature to provide tuition-free instruction to impassioned students, grades 7-12.  The school provides focused specialty instruction in Creative Writing, Dance, Mathematics and Science, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts, plus core academic courses necessary to earn an Alabama high school diploma. The school operates under its own enabling legislation, policies and procedures, guided by a state-appointed Board of Trustees, under who serves a staff of more than 100 full and part- time administrators, teachers and support workers.  Alabama students pay a small semester matriculation fee, but no tuition.  Students from outside Alabama pay tuition, which the school sets annually.  Residential students pay room and board costs, set annually.

ASFA Visual Arts Department:

Vision, the dominant sense, has led us to create images as powerful as the prehistoric cave paintings of Europe and as challenging as the works of Pablo Picasso. With art that communicates and inspires, provokes and educates, artists speak to us with works that are at times direct and obvious, but always as complex and layered as the human experience. ASFA visual arts students engage in advanced studio work in painting, sculpture and drawing, as well as in-depth classes in art history and an expanding curriculum in digital photography. Under the guidance of professional artists and with the exhibition of their artwork, our students discover their own personal aesthetic, their own vision. ASFA celebrates its 39th anniversary this year. For more information please visit:

Alabama Ballet – Site 237
The Alabama Ballet is the state’s premiere professional ballet company. The company has achieved national prominence as one of only eight ballet companies in the world permitted by the Balanchine Trust to perform Balanchine’s Nutcracker™. The Alabama Ballet promotes the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high quality performances, dance education and community outreach. Education and outreach activities include CityDance, which provides 16 weeks of dance training for youth from the city of Birmingham and Jefferson County. The Alabama Ballet is a 501(c )(3) not-for-profit organization.

Birmingham Civil Right Institute – Site 316
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is a museum, a place of research, a teaching facility and an acknowledged learning center for people of all ages and backgrounds. Since opening in 1992, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has been visited by more than two million people from all 50 states and around the world. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s mission is to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education.

Handmade in Haiti – Site 368

King’s Home Pottery Program – Site 451|
Our Mission: To foster artistic expression in each member of the King’s Home Family by equipping them with skills in the field of pottery and ceramics in a Christ-centered, safe, and therapeutic environment.King’s Home’s Art and Ceramics Program, Prodigal Pottery, has three specific goals. First is to provide an environment for healing through art therapy for abused youth, mothers and kids. Secondly, Prodigal Pottery facilitates community outreach to collaborate with other at-risk or special needs groups around greater Birmingham. Thirdly, Prodigal Pottery provides job and skills training for King’s Home adult residents, and a revenue source to support the program as our line of handmade pottery is sold around the country.”

Oasis Counseling – Site 463
Oasis’ mission is to help women and children heal, grow and overcome difficult life challenges by providing affordable mental health counseling and innovative educational programs in a nurturing and respectful environment. Oasis provides services on a sliding-fee scale: counseling for women, parents, couples and families; play therapy for boys and girls; yoga therapy; and art therapy.


Redemptive Cycles – @ Park Place Cafe Bike Station
Aims to develop a positive cultural impact in our local community through charitable bicycle related services.

WBHM Public Radio 90.3fm – Site 376
Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give online at, and follow the station on Facebook and @WBHM on Twitter for the latest updates.