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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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“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
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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

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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August 7, 2018

Five Years of Bringing Beauty and Hope to Birmingham through Creative Community

Gina recently attended a special symposium given by artist Mako Fujimura and Visions of Vocation author and InSpero board member Dr. Steven Garber in Vancouver, British Columbia. They delved into the power of art and story and vocation in finding a way to live, and still love, amidst the ruins.

June 9, 2018

The Question That's Haunting Us

Andy Gullahorn, amazing singer/songwriter from Nashville, connected with a group of InSpero’s creatives this week (those pictured above and more who left before we remembered to take a photo!) and asked us this question, “If we believed our ‘art’ could save a life, how would it change the way we live?" 

May 15, 2018

Birmingham: A City Rich in Stories

InSpero's Fourth Annual Magic City Storytellers is just a month away on Thursday, June 14. Appetizers, wine and beer will be served on the beautiful porch of the Clubhouse on Highland from 6-7. Performances 7-9 pm with an intermission with homemade desserts and coffee from The Neighborhood Brew.

March 16, 2018

What Makes You Weep?

InSpero board member Steve Garber reminds us that powerful art tells the truth and quotes Walker Percy, “Bad books always lie. They lie most of all about the human condition.” InSpero invites you to see the works from thirty Birmingham area artists who have created art in response to the Victor Hugo quote "Those Who Do Not Weep Do Not See."

February 2, 2018

Weeping, Seeing, Dreaming

We invite the creative community of visual artists, artisans, visionaries, and those who love our city to join us to discuss and create around Victor Hugo's quote "Those who do not weep do not see." On Tuesday, February 13 Gary Purdy will lead a Lenten lectio divina (meditative creative reading of Scripture) on a passage in Joel 2 and then together we will contemplate where our hearts break and how we respond. 

December 28, 2017

Beauty Matters and So Do Those Who Create It

HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS FULFILL OUR VISION FOR BIRMINGHAM: InSpero believes in the power of creative community to help bring beauty, hope, and healing to our city and churches. 

November 22, 2017

Slowing the Season, InSpero's Heartbeat

What can we do that makes us gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with a strong sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone or paint on canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit?

September 25, 2017

Bearing Fruit that Will Last

As InSpero celebrates its fourth anniversary, Gina and I look back in amazement and gratitude (scroll through our Stories page to see some of the reasons why) and look ahead to what’s next for InSpero. The last four years have been a whirlwind of beautiful collaborative events, new creative connections, deep conversations, and developing relationships. Many seeds have been sown.

May 18, 2017

Hear from Local Birmingham Voices at the Third Annual Magic City Storytellers: June 8

Make room for an evening of stories and songs at the Clubhouse on Highland at InSpero's Third Annual Magic City Storytellers. You'll hear from a firefighter storyteller, the owner of the Museum of Fond Memories, and as WBHM described, a musician who has an “old soul with a millenial’s heart.” 

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
Amy Grimes
Artist, Story Paintings
artist
writer
author
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
Russ Grimes
Owner, Arrowhead Creative
entrepreneur
designer
Tom Dameron
Director, Joy Gallery
artist
musician
art director
Wendy Gardner
Founder, Wendy Gardner Media and Marketing
marketer
entrepreneur
former news anchor