Arts and Culture

Alabama is a creative cultural powerhouse that is unrivaled. Art is not just another attraction here, it is a part of the heart and soul of Sweet Home Alabama. Film festivals, art museums and sites dedicated to the state’s most famous artists celebrate distinctive artistic styles that can be found nowhere else. Be transformed into another world through a theater performance or find your new favorite artist through a gallery tour. No matter what your interests may be, Alabama’s culture and arts scene has something for everyone.

Alabama’s Impact on Music Begins in the Quad-cities.

Visitors to Alabama can explore the history of the state by taking road trips through the backroads to tour the small towns filled with local restaurants, shops and attractions. This time of the year is a great time to travel to areas that have greatly impacted the history of the state or even the country.  One area that is rich in music history is the Quad-cities in the Northwest corner of the state:  Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Legend has it that the largest spiritual influence in the area is the Tennessee River, which locals call the “Singing River,” and that is why the area is rich in musical talent. 

Many musicians found their way to the area during rock-n-roll's golden era to record some of the age’s transcending music.  This music not only solidified its rightful place in shaping the history of a generation, but it also is still relevant to the music industry.  The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin are among the many well-known musicians who wanted to record with the “Muscle Shoals sound” as back-up. The “Swampers” are the Quad-city’s session musicians who backed up these famous recording artists and who were in high demand.  The area also is the birthplace of the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy. His life and contributions to the music industry are celebrated every summer during a music festival named in his honor. 

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Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's watching a performance at the local theater or walking through a museum, Alabama has some of the greatest arts experiences waiting for you.

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Expression & Culture

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Virginia Samford Theatre

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Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Mobile Museum of Art

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Orbix Hot Glass

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Find an Alabama Arts Experience

Explore arts locations you should visit the next time you're here.
301 Conti Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Founded in 1999, Alabama Contemporary Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts center located on Cathedral Square in the heart of Mobile’s historic downtown district.
36 Church Street
Birmingham, AL 35213
We are so proud to be collaborating with Steeple Arts Academy, located in Crestline Village, Mountain Brook. With entertainment ideas that are fresh and innovative, we sit poised to hit high marks and bring Birmingham and Central ...
252 College Street
Courtland, AL 35618
Settled in 1818, Courtland is one of a few places in Alabama to experience 175 years of history in both a museum and its architecture.
251 Montgomery Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Music artists perform on occasion at this beautifully restored 1930s live performing arts venue operated by Troy University.
202 Lancaster Street
Wetumpka, AL 36092