Before Create Tuscaloosa, there was no program to help local artists run the “business” side of their business. Seeing a need, local businesses, organizations, and individuals have partnered to deliver those resources for anyone who needs them.

Nicole Hampton, a Tuscaloosa lawyer working in intellectual property, and Ruth O’Connor, owner of O’Connor Art Studios, both saw an informational gap that needed filling. They agreed that artists could benefit from the type of legal knowledge Hampton had to offer. For individuals specializing in the arts, easy access to this knowledge would be valuable.

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

When it comes to beloved children’s characters, Shrek is often near the top of the list. Now, this beloved ogre is set to come to life on stage locally, thanks to the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.  

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers and patrons of the arts at the 23rd Druid Arts Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the theatre’s Greensboro Room at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre.

The West Alabama Quilters Guild will present the formal unveiling of Hallie O’Kelley’s “October Glory” quilt installation that is part of the Tuscaloosa Public Art project on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Government Plaza. The community is invited to attend and show appreciation to O’Kelley for her lifelong contributions to the arts and to the community. 

Paintings on tar, art made from taxidermy, and a musician who plays instruments made from garbage are just a few of the unique sights’ visitors will find at the 47th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, October 20-21 at Kentuck Park in Northport. This year’s festival will feature more than 270 artisans presenting their works, live demonstrations by craftspeople, music, storytelling, food and local craft beer.  

The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series will present its first concert of the 2018-2019 season on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre. Alloy Orchestra will perform an original score to Sergei Eisenstein’s first full-length feature film, “Strike” (1925). The public is invited to attend this free event.

Theatre Tuscaloosa Academy will hold five workshops this fall for acting, dancing, and house management training.

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority and 301 Bistro will host the first Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest on October 6 from noon-6 p.m. located at 301 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The 20th Annual Sidewalk film Festival commences this weekend, and if you plan to attend, there are a gaggle of great films on the docket this year. Here are five films not to be missed…

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