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Is the Magic City artsy or what?  


Photo by Steve McCluskey

By Steve McCluskey

You only have to be downtown for a few minutes to see that Birmingham loves the arts.

For example, The Birmingham Art Association (BAA) was founded in 1908 as the Birmingham Art Club, making the group one of the earliest organizations led by both artist and art patrons.

The clubs first Sidewalk Art Show was held in what is now Linn Park in 1938 and continues to this day under the auspices of Operation New Birmingham. They were also involved in the very early years in the creation of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Today their involvement includes events such as Art On Stage, Art Walk and Art Crawl, a city favorite held the first Thursday of most months in the 2nd Ave North area.

The BAA mission of supporting and promoting emerging artist can be seen year round in the windows of the Kessler Lofts at 1926 3rd. Ave North, in the Theater District. Each month two BAA artist display their work in the windows. Featured now and for the month of October is Joyce Brooks and Steve McCluskey.

Steve McCluskey started painting in 2012 at the age of 50 with the thought that “if you’re going to do this you had better get at it”. He finds most of the subjects for his artwork on Facebook.  Most are people he doesn’t know but something about the photos catch his eye.  “The selfie has allowed people to catch a time, place and emotion instantly and I try to capture that in my painting” he says. His hope is that the art will make someone smile.

Joyce Brooks has lived in Birmingham since 1991 and began painting in 2010. Painting with acrylics has given Joyce…

William Horton of Jones Walker LLP Provides Introduction to Basic Concepts of Heathcare Fraud



Please join us at 12 noon on October 30, when the Women Lawyers Section presents “I Can Go to Jail for That? An Introduction to Healthcare Fraud and Abuse”

William Horton of Jones Walker LLP will provide a brief introduction to basic concepts of healthcare fraud, including the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law and the False Claims Act. The focus will be on helping…


Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham Bar Foundation announces its 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, where teams will vie for the Michael D. Freeman Tournament Cup! The event will also feature the Foundation’s 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off. Where:  The...

National Pro Bono Month creates access to JUSTICE


By Lee H. Copeland, Alabama State Bar President

This October, the Alabama State Bar will once again observe a month-long Pro Bono Celebration to raise awareness of the legal needs of low-income people, recognize the many generous Alabama lawyers who have donated their time and talents to address those needs and encourage even greater participation by the bar. We invite all Alabamians to join us as we seek to ensure access to justice for all residents of our state.

Welcome to October Bessemer!

Lots going on this month, so be sure to check in from time to time on the latest happenings in the city of Bessemer. Here are some dates to remember:

Oct. 2 – Bessemer City v. McAdory. High School football. 7 p.m. at McAdory.

Oct. 3 – Day at the Depot, sponsored by the Bessemer Hall of History. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hall of History.

Oct. 6 – Bessemer City Council meeting. 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Oct. 9 – Bessemer City High School Homecoming Celebration and Parade. 2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bessemer.

Oct. 9 – Selma at Bessemer City. High School football. 7 p.m. at Bessemer High Stadium.

Oct. 20 – Bessemer City Council meeting. 10 a.m. at City Hall.


Lunchtime Pop Up Music Concerts Are October 9


RISE Civic Engagement Strategy Implemented by Mayor’s Civic Engagement Team

12047194_1025358340817784_5942479563519966317_nThe Mayor’s Civic Engagement Team coordinates the implementation of the RISE Civic Engagement Strategy, the City’s blueprint for promoting service as a strategy to impact challenges and strengthen communities. With the assistance of AmeriCorps Vista Members from Cities of Service and AmeriCorps Members from the Central Alabama YWCA, this team works to dramatically increase the City’s capacity to leverage the power of citizen volunteers to solve some of our cities most pressing issues: neighborhood revitalization, community blight, and crime.

State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tommy Bice, addressed 17 area school superintendents at United Way today. His message- use community collaborations like Bold Goals ( to meet pressing needs. Help is out there. 


Community Partner Opportunity

12049618_1082581641759946_1629724323881394463_nThe Birmingham Museum of Art needs volunteers to help with a painting project at Party with a Purpose on Saturday, October 3rd. Please note that the event will be held at Ensley Park and Recreation Center and NOT at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The shifts are 8am-11:30am and 11am-2:30pm. If you would like to volunteer for an art project at a community event please contact Lindsey Hammel at

Mayor Bell and Casey Foundation Representatives Visit Area Homeless Shelters Today