East Village Arts

7611 1st Ave. N.

Birmingham, Al 35206


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.

Upcoming Events


Misha Feigin with Ladonna Smith and Alina Tuganova

November 17th, 7pm

East Village Arts (EVA) will support the Ukranian effort with a benefit concert of Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European music to raise awareness and funds for the situation in Ukraine. As music is a universal language and a powerful connector, EVA will present artists from both Russia and Ukraine in an effort to show that human beings must come together for the greater good of the people. The concert will feature poet and musician, Russian born Misha Feigin in Concert with Birmingham’s LaDonna Smith (with Alina Tuganova) in a concert of free-improvisations. The two have worked and toured together on the international free-improvisation concert scene for nearly 30 years!

See www.U24.gov.ua to make a donation

Recent Events

Exprov VI: Taylor Rouss & friends

Friday November 4, 2022

doors open at 7:30pm,

show starts at 8:00pm

October 29, 2022 4:00 - 6:30pm

Sanovia Muhammad presents a performance of her book: A Journey to Forgiveness

Sistah Sanovia Muhammad

joined by

Yogi Dada and Rev Majadi Baruti

will take the community through an evening

of healing and celebration inspired by

Sistah Sanovia's book,

A Journey to Forgiveness:

Disowning 3 Generations of Violence

Event is free.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please purchase a book on site.

More about the book

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.

Donate if you can, share, and

make plans to join us on September 29th!

October 7th, 5 - 7pm


John McMahon

John McMahon is a singer/songwriter, from Champaign, Illinois. He has brought his thought-provoking lyrics and inimitable voice to the Chicago area scene for over 20 years.

In addition to playing solo acoustic shows, he plays around central Illinois with The Painkillers Blues Band and Indie-rock band, Jimi Dragonfly.

You can expect to hear songs from John's 3 cds: Dumptruck of Love (2007), Black and Red (2018), and Kaskaskia (2021).

You can also expect to hear

Julie Shum, director of EVA,

who is a former bandmate, lending harmonies to John for much of the show.

Mr. Painterman 16th Annual

Rhythms of Color Art Show


by Java Lewis and David Murray

October 8th

Saturday 5-9pm

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!

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.