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

East Village Arts at Eastlake

At East Village Arts of Birmingham, we have a mission to create a vital and safe cultural cross roads for community artists and friends to gather and create. Our vision is to support emerging and established local and traveling artists, poets, and musicians in a diversity of genres with a venue that is accessible, efficient, and affordable.

We host a variety of events and activities from artist showcases, exhibitions and workshops, concerts, rehearsals and low-cost music lessons, poetry and spoken words performances, as well as making affordable or free space available.

We seek to work with local organizations to strengthen ties between artists, the diverse music scenes of our city, and the wider community. We envision our presence as a collective, anchoring an "East Village" in Birmingham, Alabama and spearheading a safe setting for cooperative neighborhood rehabilitation and improvement.

Ongoing Offerings

Tuesday Testimonials is curated by Chris Rice. He hopes to bring in local jazz artists who will play a short set, and engage with the audience in a conversation about their work, through a Q&A session.

The series is envisioned as being monthly; stay tuned for upcoming news about event dates and artists!

EVA Community Dixieland Band

September 12th, 5 - 7pm

email director@evabham.org with questions

Upcoming Events

The Witness Bearers

A Magic City Poetry Festival Event

September 29th 6:30pm

free event

Charlotte "Mama C" and her husband, Mzee Pete O'Neal run the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha, Tanzania, where they have continued the human services work

they began as Panthers for decades.

On September 29th, we'll host a night of poetry at East Village Arts, and we're raising funds for HELLO TANA and their work to preserve Mama C and Mzee Pete O'Neal's legacy

via the O'Neal Legacy Project.

HELLO TANA is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and seeks to unite the Birmingham and Tanzania communities.

Funds raised will go toward the following goals: to digitize the primary documents of Pete and Charlotte O'Neal; to share their legacy through a virtual and physical museum;

and to tell their story via documentary film.

Donate if you can, share, and

make plans to join us on September 29th!

October 7th, singer/songwriter

John McMahon

  • October 8th, Java Lewis art show, ( feat. Shariff Simmons and band)

  • October 11th, EXPROV vol. 5, doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8pm

Ongoing Exhibits

Craig Legg: Postcards from East Lake Park

You can view this exhibit and speak with Craig Legg at EVA on Saturday afternoons!


dirt-turning at the threshold

a group exhibition featuring new works by student artists coming of age at the cusp of generations

curated by Lauren Francis Evans

Recent Events

Come see the marriage of narrative and burlesque that Belladonna and her dance crew will bring to EVA!

Special Guest Performance by : Patsy So Fine, Mad Hatter Dance Co, Lucy Nightly, and MORE!

Saturday, July 30th at 8pm.

Fresh from Performing at the World Games!

Friday July 8th, 2022

Birmingham's own Sharrif Simmons graces EVA on Friday, July 8th 2022. Doors open at 6:30pm. Sharrif will be reading excerpts from his new books and jamming with his old band into the night! Join us in celebrating Sharrif's performance at the World Games!

EVA in the news!

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

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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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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Patreon membership perks

Help us keep the lights on and enjoy the benefits of a community-based performance, teaching, and exhibition space ! Your commitment of a modest monthly membership fee will support our presence and longevity. As a member, the commercial rental fee for your scheduled event is pre-paid with your sustaining membership.