Beauty matters and so do those who create it.

Transforming our city by cultivating its creative community.

When Birmingham's creatives thrive, our city will flourish.

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.

For Artists

“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

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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.

For Participants

“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

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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.

For Birmingham

“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."

Melissa Loudon

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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

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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.

For Pastors

“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

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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.

For Donors

“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

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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.

"InSpero provides rest for my soul."

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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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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

Senior Fellow for the Vocation and the Common Good, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Step into the story.

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).

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March 10, 2014

Knowing God is for You Changes Everything

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Lent Day 6, Tuesday, March 11

March 10, 2014

God Leaves the Light On for Us

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Lent Day 5, Monday, March 10

March 7, 2014

Fighting Fear

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Lent Day 4, Saturday, March 8

March 7, 2014

Hope for Those Hiding from the Light

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Lent Day 3, Friday, March 7

March 6, 2014

No Longer Afraid of the Dark

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Lent Day 2, Thursday, March 6

March 5, 2014

No Longer Afraid of the Dark... or the Light

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Lent Day 1, Wednesday, March 5

March 4, 2014

Easter People: Lent as a Creative Offering to God

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Lent: Forty Days to Repent, Return, Refocus and Renew.

February 11, 2014

Art = Vulnerability

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NOTHING IS AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS

January 13, 2014

Reflections On Community - By Faith

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This past weekend InSpero hosted our first ever Nourish Retreat.

December 14, 2013

By Faith... Advent

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This waiting season of Advent is gently stirring something in me.

November 21, 2013

"Creation Waits" Interview (Sneak Peek)

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"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.." Psalm 130:5-6

October 17, 2013

Rushing Waters

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Thy Love Inspires preview As I sit listening to the rain this morning I am turned toward hope, curiosity, and wonder...

October 12, 2013

Naming the Baby

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The name "InSpero" reflects our desire to bring hope and beauty to our city through creative community

October 8, 2013

A New Jerusalem

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A call to "Mission" is incomplete without a call to Creativity, Redemption thru the Arts, and a Spirit of Hospitality.

Join the community to stay in the loop.

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 below.

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InSpero Board Members

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. 

Nancy Carroll
President, InSpero
writer
teacher
soul-tender
Gina Hurry
Founder, InSpero
painter
creator
nurturer
dreamer
Andi Ashworth
Cofounder, Art House America
author
hospitality artist
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
photographer
otolaryngologist
Lucy Farmer
Founder, Lucy’s Inspired, Social for Locals
entrepreneur
jewelry designer
social media consultant
Steven Garber, PhD
Senior Fellow for the Vocation and the Common Good, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
professor
author
mentor
Andy Glenn
Senior VIce-President, Insurance Office of America
business leader
Andy Gullahorn
Musician
songwriter
musician
badminton player

InSpero Advisory Council

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.

Brian Barrett
Architect, Barrett Architecture Studio
architect
Amanda Blake
Artist
entrepeneur
artist
Jan Caradine
President, Springboard Benefits Co.
Deidre Clark
Founder, Kuumba Community Art. Using creativity and design for social change.
artist
creative
tedx speaker
Noah Despinasse
Urban Missions Director
Bill Ivey
Writer and Creator of Napkinisms
writer
strategist
TEDx speaker
Steve Lorenz
Co-founder & Director, MDI, Inc.
founder
mentor
coach
Bruce Nix
Owner, Under Cover Entertainment
videographer
writer
producer
entrepreneur
Gary Purdy
Pastor and Church Planter of City Church Midtown
pastor
Chris Reebals
Owner, Christiopher Architecture
architect
entrepreneur
Marti Scudder
Co-founder & Director, MDI, Inc.
founder
mentor
coach
Peter Wolnski
Director of Development, Dominion Partners
Manuel Zarate, PhD
Cultural Thinker, Speaker
speaker
Christian thinker
organizational coach