East Village Arts

7611 1st Ave. N.

Birmingham, Al 35206

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East Village Arts is a non-profit artist collective

We are a membership based co-operative of artists, musicians, and patrons. We believe that diversity and collective creativity is the
strength of a healthy community. 

Be a part of a scene of a film documentary shoot, music, poetry ad hoc "Arkestra"  and SUN RA Celebration!   
Early Parade! BBQ Late Nite Jazz Jam!
  

featuring improvised music... 2024 Tenth Anniversary!  
BAMA New Music Festival

Saturday May 11 at 5:00 p.m. "THE NEXT MOMENT"

Monday May 13 at 7:00 p.m. "Esther & Holland" New Old Time Music! 

  free admission!  

Y'all Hush   Uppers Rant  Charles Pagano & Cecil B. D Demotivated  MAY 4, 7:30           $10 cash/venmo/cash app

EXPROV SERIES AT EVA

features free improvisation and experimental musica exploration

Curated by Taylor Rouss
7:30 p.m. Byob  $10

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
ECHOES SURREALISTE CONTEMPORAINS

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION,  ART EXHIBITION, 
FILM &  PERFORMANCE ART!

FRIDAY MARCH 15

6:30 p.m   Doors open   Collaborate! Set the atmosphere! Come early to experience and improvise on  latest stringed instrument inventions by creator, inventor, artiste Jean-Jacques Gaudel! 

7:30  performances:  BODY LANGUAGE & PERFORMANCE ART beginning  by CillaVee (NC),  Susan Hefner and Shelley Hirsh (NY)  Ruthlessly Killing (LaDonna Smith & Taylor Rouss),  Si & UU wind,
Rachel Inman & Mary Foshee,  Johnny Williams,  Doctor Khlurr (Clifford McPeek) poetry and manifestos, wild wombs ghosts, intuitions & you?  

8:30  SURREALIST SHORT FILMS  by Si Reasoning, Michael Mills, Scott Bazaar (FL) 

East Village Arts is a community artist collective supported by memberships, by you, and generous donations:  Suggested $20, $10, what you will! BYOB
An engaging and entertaining long night, and in the spirit of collaboration,
you are most welcome to contribute to the Hospitality & Reception!     Thankyou!

"Echoes Surrealiste Contemporaines" is an International Surrealist endeavor of related 2024 exhibitions  hosted in Luxor, Budapest, Saint-Cirq LaPopie (former home & Cultural Museum of Andre Breton, and in ALABAMA! 


Welcome to Birmingham!     Prince Tunde Odunlade!
East Village Arts is proud to host Prince Tunde Odunlade back to Birmingham, his USA home away from home! It's been 30 years since his last visit.  Our Welcoming Program & Reception (doors at 6:00) will feature the drummers of Sahi On Ko Djony,
a welcoming dance by Nathifa African Dance director Empress LaVondia and featuring words & memories from Birmingham's Nigerian-American artist and poet  
Abiola Sholanke. Come Celebrate African American Heritage with East Village Arts!  
followed by  FRIDAY NITE WRITES! 

PRINCE TUNDE ODENLADE of NIGERIA  is a print and textile artist who has exhibited, taught, lectured, studied and traveled extensively within Nigeria and throughout Africa, North America, and Europe. In addition, he has performed as an actor with the Nigerian National Troop and various other theatrical organizations, and has recorded several CDs that integrate poetry and music. He lives in Ibadan, in the southwestern part of Nigeria.

His art has been displayed around the world in dozens of one-man and group shows. His work is in the collections of institutions including the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MacArthur Foundation Collection in Chicago, and the State House in Lagos, Nigeria. His work is also in the collections of many private individuals in the North America, Europe, and Nigeria. In the early 1970’s Tunde studied with Yinka Adeyemi,  of the Oshogbo school of art that was largely responsible for the explosion of creative contemporary art emanating from Nigeria. Tunde will be visiting the United States again in 2024, premiering his new work. 


CASSANDRA GRIFFEN EXHIBITION  

“I, TOO SING AMERICA”     

Celebrating Black History Month

FEBRUARY 15  6:00 P.M.  

in conjunction with 

 Poetically Speaking”
with
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7:30 p.m.


Cassandra Griffen is a nationally known Civil Rights Movement documentarian. Her photographs are powerful revelations of the journey of individuals and communities of color during her 30 years of intense documentations of civil unrest and cultural challenge. My images expose the individual’s hidden self.  I am curious of what lies behind their eyes; where they have been; and where they hope to go.  My images evoke the passage of time.

Serving as Human Rights commissioner of a New State Commission taught me that racism was still a factor and this revelation impacted her passion to the underserved and overlooked.


Visit  Craig Legg's Alabama Roots Music Trading Card Series  in a visual/musical history in 300+ portraits.
Meet the artist on Saturdays

from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

February 2

8:00-10:00 p.m.
Celebrating Black History

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East Village Arts is supported in part by fees paid by member organizations. 

Check out these community groups that hold their meetings, rehersals, and events at EVA!

BAEMG

Birmingham Alabama Electronic Music Group

Check them out on Facebook

Nathifa Dance Company

Check them out on Facebook and at their website

Join us at East Village Arts as a volunteer, member, or studio resident!

Studio Residency


Uniquely conceived in the form of a "village" or town, we have an open gallery for artist exhibitions, a performance space with a stage & church pew seating, a nice wood floor for dance and classwork, and a number of village mini studios which may be occupied by local artists to show or execute their work. 

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Book a performance or exhibition

Book a one-time event or become a member and take advantage of our rates and packages for single and serial events.

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Volunteer


Share your talents & interests and become a Volunteer! 

You can earn many of the perks of membership by serving as an event curator, social media curator, workshop leader, housekeeper, or a member of our gardening team. 

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Recent Events

Fire, food, and friends at EVA on Family Flow Night--check back for upcoming dates!

Family Flow Night 

Come see the show at our new patio!

EVA in the news!  

French filmmakers are celebrated at EVA for their work on an upcoming documentary about Birmingham's own Sun Ra.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
ECHOES SURREALISTE CONTEMPORAINS

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION,  EXHIBITION,  FILM
&  PERFORMANCE ART!


6:30 p.m   Doors open   Collaborate! Set the atmosphere! Come early to experience and improvise on  latest stringed instrument inventions by creator, inventor, artiste Jean-Jacques Gaudel! 

7:30  performances  BODY LANGUAGE  PERFORMANCE ART beginning  by CillaVee (NC),  Susan Hefner and Shelley Hirsh (NY)  Ruthlessly Killing (LaDonna Smith & Taylor Rouss),  Si & UU, Rachel Inman & Mary Foshee,  Johnny Williams,  Doctor Khlurr (Clifford McPeek) poetry and manifestos, wild wombs ghosts, intuitions & you?  

8:30  SURREALIST SHORT FILMS  by Si Reasoning, Michael Mills, Scott Bazaar (FL)! 

East Village Arts is a community artist collective supported by memberships, by you, and generous donations:  Suggested $20, $10, what you will!