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Be Inspired

By beautiful art, music, stories, and food

Feel Known and Connected

Build relationships with others who are hopeful for a more beautiful future

Get Refreshed

Come away feeling hopeful and fulfilled

Gatherings that inspire the people of Birmingham.

Beauty matters, and so do the people who make it. When we fail to slow down and enjoy the beauty of life, we grow disconnected from others and from ourselves. We are alive, but not fully living.

InSpero organizes gatherings to inspire people in Birmingham to connect through art, music, stories, food, and hospitality. Our hope is that each person leaves our events feeling more whole, hopeful, and empowered to live life more beautifully.

“I have heard it said that artists are prophets who remind us of beauty, truth, and goodness in a broken world. When I hear those words, I think of InSpero's impact on Birmingham. The artists in our city remind us all that beauty matters."

– Melissa Louden

“InSpero provides rest for my soul at the most crucial moments in my life."

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InSpero provides rest for my soul at the most crucial moments in my life. Through retreats, events, and dinners they invite me to slow down, be seen, see the beauty around me, and rest – even if only for a moment. These moments give me what I need to go back to the world and my family with more strength and softness.”

Deidre Clark

Founder, Ensley’s Kuumba Community Art Design Academy
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“Like someone who starts hallucinating in the desert without water, we lose our bearings on what is good and true when our souls are parched. Tasting beauty is what reriorents us and helps us move toward what is good. InSpero continues to offer a cup of cold water in the desert and supports those who provide water stops along the landscape of Birmingham and beyond. Their work is invaluable and a practical manifestation of resurrection and redemption. I love the heart of their work and the beauty they create, cultivate and support!”

Gordon Bals

Author, Counselor, and Founder of Daymark Pastoral Counseling
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“There is a serious need for groups who are brave enough to offer a gracious middle space – a space where people can meet each other face-to-face in order to discover, perhaps to their surprise, the possibility of friendship, the possibility of healing, hope, and restoration. InSpero is such a group, and I thank God for them. Let me say that again: thank God for them!"

W. David O. Taylor

Author, Assistant Professor of Theology & Culture, Director of Brehm Texas
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“Over the last few years I have been watching good people like those of InSpero do good work here in Birmingham, seeing themselves implicated for love's sake in the way the city turns out. Their loves, lives, and vision are teaching us important things.”

Steven Garber, PhD

Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent University
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“Whether it’s someone who comes to an event or an artist who needs encouragement, one thing is true – InSpero brings hope and redemption into people’s lives. They shine a light on the arts by loving on the artists who make it. Their saying fits: “Beauty matters, and so do those who create it.” All are welcome at the feast that Inspero lays out, and all are valuable in transforming our city."

Amy Wolnski

Artist

When Birmingham's creative community thrives, our city will thrive.

InSpero gatherings are nothing without the creative community that makes them possible. Unfortunately, many of Birmingham’s creatives are discouraged, fearing that the beauty they want to give the world will go to waste or has no value.

The heart of our mission is to build relationships with these artists, pastors, city visionaries, and other creatives to help them thrive. InSpero invites these world changers into a unified vision of Birmingham’s future – a story where their gifts encourage beauty, hope, and healing in our city.

InSpero exists to help creatives thrive because we believe that when Birmingham’s creative community flourishes, our city will reach its fullest potential.

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Inspero Events in the time of COVID-19

InSpero loves to gather people together in events of beauty, hospitality, art, music, stories, food, and hope. In these times of uncertainty, our first concern is for the safety of each participant. Therefore, we have postponed all public events until our Board and the medical authorities agree that it is safe to gather with you again.

We are also concerned for the creative community of Birmingham. Artists, musicians, chefs, entertainers, and other creatives have been some of the most impacted by the pandemic. Please consider finding ways to support Birmingham’s creative community. Click here for local and national resources to help during the Covid-19 crisis.

We will continue to host livestream events such as the Writer’s Kiln, our online community where songwriters test, mold, and refine their music. To get a little bit of beauty in your inbox and to stay in-the-know on when InSpero gatherings will return, please Join the Community.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Magic City Storytellers

J.K. Rowling says, "There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” Make room for an evening of stories at InSpero's Sixth Annual Magic City Storytellers, where we feature two singer songwriters, two poets, and two writers. We're making tickets live early so you can make sure to get yours before they sell out. Come for wine and cheese on the patio at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm. Intermission features desserts and a coffee bar. Evening concludes at 9pm.

Clubhouse on Highland

2908 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35202

From 6pm until 9pm

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Magic City Storytellers

J.K. Rowling says, "There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” Make room for an evening of stories at InSpero's Sixth Annual Magic City Storytellers, where we feature two singer songwriters, two poets, and two writers. We're making tickets live early so you can make sure to get yours before they sell out. Come for wine and cheese on the patio at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm. Intermission features desserts and a coffee bar. Evening concludes at 9pm.

Clubhouse on Highland

2908 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35202

From 6pm until 9pm

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Magic City Storytellers

J.K. Rowling says, "There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” Make room for an evening of stories at InSpero's Sixth Annual Magic City Storytellers, where we feature two singer songwriters, two poets, and two writers. We're making tickets live early so you can make sure to get yours before they sell out. Come for wine and cheese on the patio at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm. Intermission features desserts and a coffee bar. Evening concludes at 9pm.

Clubhouse on Highland

2908 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35202

From 6pm until 9pm

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Every gathering of the InSpero community is an invitation to take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy beauty – to be inspired through music, hospitality, and art. Our goal is to leave you feeling more connected, hopeful, and empowered to live your life to the fullest.

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June 1, 2020

Social Justice and Equality in Our City and World

As InSpero acknowledges the deep racial wounds of our city, our posture is one of kneeling, not standing. We grieve the injustices suffered by people of color through systemic oppression. We desire to listen, learn, lament, and be part of the healing of our city. We kneel in prayer and repentance and stand with those who recognize and work for racial reconciliation and equality.

April 15, 2020

Update and Resources for Artists During These Times

An update on upcoming and recent events, resources for the creative community during COVID-19, and info on the Writers' Kiln, a livestream with local songwriters. Also an encouraging reflection from Nancy entitled "What's Essential?" that gives new meaning to a word that has become so charged during these confusing times.

February 6, 2020

February Newsletter

Last year, Gina and Nancy boldly asked you to join us in sustaining InSpero in this year of growth and opportunity. We are humbled to say because of you, we raised more than $50,000 through the end of 2019. These donations will help us nurture creative community in Birmingham and continue to offer intentional acts of beauty and hospitality which will bring hope and healing to our city and churches.

September 25, 2019

Magic City Storytellers 2019

A few images from our amazing sold-out 5th annual Magic City Storytellers at the Clubhouse on Highland (great thanks to Bob McKenna). Here is just a taste of the beauty and voices of Birmingham. Photos by Emily Kicklighter Photography.

May 20, 2019

It's Been a Magical Year for InSpero

InSpero cares deeply about beauty and those who create it. Since March we've hosted a Lent Retreat at the peaceful and lovely Salem Farm, packed the house at Leaf & Petal for a concert by David Wilcox and Andy Gullahorn, offered an intimate songwriter's workshop led by David and Andy at the gracious Wolnski Farm, and facilitated a deep conversation on our dreams for Birmingham at our Pastor Artist Dinner at the Clubhouse on Highland.

May 19, 2019

It's Time for Some More Magic!

February 26, 2019

Be Our Guest at InSpiring Events this Spring

We hope you will join us as we seek to give small moments of magic to Birmingham. From a contemplative retreat to begin the Lent Season to an intimate evening with David Wilcox and Andy Gullahorn followed by a songwriters' workshop to our annual Magic City Storyteller evening, there's something special coming up. Because we focus on more beautiful, intimate events, tickets are limited. 

December 7, 2018

David Wilcox Tickets Now Live!

Advent reflects the heart of InSpero, living in this now-and-not-yet time. It is a time of waiting and wondering, of remembering and longing, of acknowledging a world that is not as it should be, but still a world glimmering with a "thousand points of light" in the darkness.

October 10, 2018

Seeking the "Shalom" of the City

InSpero packed its fifth birthday celebration on September 14 at the Clubhouse on Highland with new and old friends, music, food, cupcakes, photo booths, balloons, and joy. This magical evening was made possible by the many volunteers, donors, and Bob McKenna for sharing this vision which is InSpero.

Our Board Members

Gina Hurry
Founder, InSpero
painter
creator
nurturer
dreamer
Nancy Carroll
President, InSpero
writer
teacher
soul-tender
Andi Ashworth
Cofounder, Art House America
author
Marjean Brooks
Author
author
teacher
mentor
Andrea Brown
Founder and Head Designer, Hannah Kate Clothing Co.
designer
entrepreneur
William Carroll, MD
Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Otolaryngology, UAB
doctor
professor
otolaryngologist
Lucy Farmer
Founder, Lucy’s Inspired, Social for Locals
entrepreneur
jewelry designer
social media consultant
Steven Garber, PhD
Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent University
professor
author
Andy Gullahorn
Musician
songwriter
musician
badminton player
Richie Salem
Senior Vice President, McGriff, Seibels & Williams

Our Advisory Council

Amanda Blake
Artist
entrepeneur
artist
Bill Ivey
Writer and Creator of Napkinisms
writer
strategist
TEDx speaker
Brian Barrett
Architect, Barrett Architecture Studio
architect
Bruce Nix
Owner, Under Cover Entertainment
videographer
writer
producer
entrepreneur
Chris Reebals
Owner, Christiopher Architecture
architect
entrepreneur
Deidre Clark
Founder, Kuumba Community Art. Using creativity and design for social change.
artist
creative
tedx speaker
Gary Purdy
Pastor and Church Planter of City Church Midtown
pastor
Jan Caradine
President, Springboard Benefits Co.
Noah Despinasse
Urban Missions Director
Peter Wolnski
Director of Development, Dominion Partners
Tom Dameron
Director, Joy Gallery
artist
musician
art director
Wendy Gardner
Founder, Wendy Gardner Media and Marketing
marketer
entrepreneur
former news anchor