We’re Create Birmingham. Our mission: Investing in Imagination and Invention. The place where I+I+I=WE.
Every day, our team spends its time, energy and resources to construct and support avenues for creative pursuit in education, community spaces, and workforce and economic development. Our mission fields are the creative industries and the education pipelines that support them.
Our organization was originally established in 2004 as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, based on a recommendation of the Cultural Master Plan for the Greater Birmingham Region, a comprehensive document addressing cultural needs and recommended strategies to address those needs.
By 2013, the creative landscape in Birmingham and the region looked very different than in 2003, and so we embarked on a new initiative to define, quantify and map a growth plan for Birmingham’s creative industries, the sum of both commercial and nonprofit creative work in the community.
Quite unintentionally, that process and the resulting document, Stoking Innovation in the Magic City: Birmingham’s Creative Industries, redefined our agency mission and, consequently, our name, re-focused our services, and, most importantly, created a natural bridge between our ongoing work around K-12 classroom strategies and our new efforts in workforce development and job creation.
Our website is specifically structured for those of you who earn, or plan to earn, all or part of your livelihood within a segment of Birmingham’s creative industries — design, film and media, culinary arts, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, or in one of our important culture and heritage organizations. Our goal is to provide a support network for your business or nonprofit, connecting you to financial, professional and personal development opportunities, along with vital resources that build community online and on the ground.
We’re the team that is here to connect with you and help you on your path.
Buddy Palmer, President & CEO
Jessica Moody, Programs Manager
Daniel Drinkard, Communications Specialist
Meg Daniel Nelson, Development Specialist
Left to right: Jessica Moody, Meg Daniel Nelson, Buddy Palmer, Daniel Drinkard.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Create Birmingham’s board members are a diverse and dedicated group of civic-minded individuals that contribute expertise, resources, leadership and their own creativity to advocate on behalf of the sector. We simply couldn’t do it without them!
Richard I. Pigford
Chief Financial Officer, Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio, Inc.
Chair, Development Committee
President (Retired), Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Carol E. Clarke
Immediate Past Chair
General Manager, Southside Development Company
Director of Outreach Communications, United Way of Central Alabama
Kathryn W. Corey
Robert Dickerson, Jr.
CEO, Birmingham Business Resource Center & Foundation Capital
Ann W. Forney
Senior Vice President & Corporate Contributions Director, Regions Bank
Charles Powell IV
Attorney-at-Law, Littler Mendelson
Vice President, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Create Birmingham constructs avenues for creative pursuit in community spaces, education, and workforce development with generous support from community investors including the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, Protective Life Foundation, Jemison Investment Co., Regions Bank, and the C. Eugene Ireland Foundation. A complete list of our partners can be found here.