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 the Music Industry 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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Gees Bend Quilters Collective

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Virginia Samford Theatre

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Mobile Museum of Art

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Find an Alabama Arts Experience

Explore arts locations you should visit the next time you're here.
Outdoor Recreation Site
200 18th Street West
Jasper, AL 35501
Why mules? Historically, Alabama was an agricultural and industrial state where many tasks were powered by draft animals. Working along with horses, mules were utilized on farms, in the mines and in transportation. Renowned for th...
Hotel Or Motel
905 E 280 Bypass
Phenix City, AL 36867
The next time you visit Columbus, choose our Americas Best Value Inn hotel for easy affordability. We are conveniently located near the East Alabama Motor Speedway, shopping and restaurants. Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) is a short drive from our hotel.
Art Gallery
6200 Grand River Boulevard East
Leeds, AL 35094
Artists Incorporated Gallery featuring 50 Alabama artists and craftsmen since 1999.
Historic Site
Courthouse Square
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Located in downtown Bay Minette, this historical marker can be found in front of the Baldwin County Courthouse.
Outdoor Recreation Site
US Highway 98 at Main Street
Daphne, AL 36526