We believe in restoration, reconciliation, and redemption. We believe beauty will transform our world. InSpero cultivates Birmingham's creative community so our city can reach its fullest potential.
“Being an artist can be a lonely occupation. InSpero is an empowering tool. It’s a place to come be encouraged and inspired.”
Adam Wright, Founder, Act of Congress
You may feel alone or discouraged, and wonder if your work matters. InSpero nurtures artists and artisans by creating opportunities to connect and collaborate in community. We need you, your work, and your voice for the good of our city.
“InSpero’s artful ways of practicing hospitality and community are so needed, and I can only hope others will catch the vision they embody so winsomely.”
Allen Levi, Singer-songwriter
When we fail to slow down and enjoy beauty, life can lose its meaning and we end up disconnected from ourselves and others. InSpero organizes gatherings to inspire people through music, hospitality, story, and art.
“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. Our artists remind us all that beauty matters."
We believe in Birmingham. Since our first event in 2013 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, we have empowered creative community to help bring hope and healing to our city.
For the Faith Community
“InSpero communicates the importance of the arts by encouraging local artists, facilitating conversations between pastors and artists, and bringing in speakers to help our community grapple with how we can reclaim beauty and the arts for the church.”
Gisela Kreglinger, PhD, Author and Theologian
InSpero provides a bridge for the church to reach out to the creative community to better serve our city. We also bring beauty into the church through collaborations with artists and musicians.
“InSpero offers a natural bridge for churches to reach out to artists in authentic mutual relationships where we seek the good of our city together.”
Joel Brooks, Pastor, Redeemer Community Church
InSpero sees pastors as artists and prophets, sharing their gifts and voices for the good of our churches and city. We help support and encourage you to stay in your story and calling and provide ways for you reach out to the creative community.
“InSpero’s thoughtfully planned and well-executed events always leave me thirsty for more. I’m reminded that my story matters and to persevere in my vocation as an artist and employer of artists. My heart is full and enlarged for the greater good of my city."
Susan Gordon, Founder, Susan Gordon Pottery
We need you to join us in this beautiful story of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation. We believe in the long-lasting fruit which comes from authentic relationships and small things done slowly over long periods of time. Believe with us, for the good of our city.
May these stories connect you to the heart of InSpero, to the work we've done, to our dreams for our city, and to insights from creatives and influencers from Birmingham and around the country.
“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving" (Madeleine L’Engle).
February 26, 2019
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.
April 1, 2014
Lent Day 25, Wednesday, April 2: "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
March 18, 2014
Lent Day 13, Wednesday, March 19: "And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, 'You are our gods.'” Isaiah 42:16-17
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. We will resume public events when 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 have continued 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 below.
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 the Clubhouse on Highland for InSpero's Sixth Annual Magic City Storytellers on Thursday, June 10, 2021, where we will feature two singer/songwriters, two poets, and two writers. 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. Suggested donation of $20.
We are privileged for the wisdom, vision, leadership, and prayers of our Board of Directors. They guide, support, and advocate for InSpero, and hold us true to our mission to bring hope and healing to Birmingham through nurturing creative community.
Our Advisory Council shares InSpero’s vision to help Birmingham thrive through helping its creative community flourish. They advocate, endorse, support, offer insight, and invite others to work with us for the good of our city, our creative community, and our local churches.
InSpero cultivates hope and meaning for artists, churches, and the people of Birmingham by caring for our creatives and organizing opportunities for them to share their beautiful gifts with our city.
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