BLANK SPACE STORY

There is an undeniably transformative element to the power of public art. 

Public art is many things, but at its core, it is an intervention into space. It reclaims and recovers our public spaces from the grasp of homogenous and mundane development. It battles against the often-demanding voice of advertising, beckoning us to dream instead of just buy. It brightens our blight, and champions our communities. Public art can showcase collective neighborhood identities, and boost the growth of local economies. Public art is more than paint on a wall.

We at Blank Space Bham want to reclaim public space for you, the public. We want to invite you to think about where we as a city have been, and dream of where we are going. We want you to remember why you love Birmingham, why you chose to invest here, and why you make this place your home. We believe we can achieve these things through the power of art. Where you see a blank space, an ordinary wall, we see opportunity. We see a narrative.

It is our goal to create and advocate for projects  by Birmingham muralists that inspire you to not just live in the magic of our city, but to BE the Magic. We joined our individual dreams into a collective desire to move our city forward– acknowledging our past, challenging our present, and reshaping the future. Help us change the narrative of Birmingham.  

MISSION

Blank Space Bham seeks to reclaim public space, strengthen communities, foster creativity, and advocate for the (re)development of inclusive urban environments through the transformative power of public art.

Strengthen Communities 

Art is a catalyst for social change. When we unite around common goals to make our communities the best versions of themselves, we not only draw nearer to one another, but we also grow stronger. We believe public art should not only be accessible, but inclusive. It is our goal to ensure a diverse cross-section of community voices and identities are represented through our projects from start to finish. As we grow, it is our hope to engage communities and produce pieces that local neighborhoods are  proud to have on the walls of their community establishments! 

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Foster Creativity 

Supporting and cultivating local artists is extremely important to us. Birmingham is home to a treasure trove of incredibly gifted people and Blank Space wants to tap into those gifts, fostering a community of creatives that not only share their art, and fine tune their skills, but also helps inspire others in the collective (and city!) to be better. Murals are a manifestation of our dreams for vibrancy fueled by the belief that  art is not merely an outlet for expression, but also a spark for incredible revitalization. We advocate on behalf of all artists and their work, not just the ones who've worked with us! Want to be featured on our site? Send us a message! 

(Re)develop Urban Spaces 

 Often times when asked to think of public spaces, our brains are lead to envision lush parks and sprawling plazas. We seldom let our minds wander to back alleyways, downtown streets, or city sidewalks. As Louis Kahn once said though, the street was the "first institution of the city" and we at Blank Space B'ham want to highlight the potential of these often highly contested and overlooked parts of our community by bringing color and life! Let's get you out of your car and reacquainted with Birming-Home. Let's make our city speak of our imaginations... #BeTheMagicBham.