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5 Things To Do At The Original Makers Festival

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The Original Makers exhibition kicks off Saturday, June 16 from 10am – 2pm with a day of family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy face painting, art activities, live music, and more. Here are five things to do at Saturday’s festival:

  1. Make Your Own Art. There’s a maker in all of us! Check out our Maker Station, where we’ll have instructors help you channel your inner-artist with a fun arts and crafts project.
  2. Take in some live music by Cedric Burnside Project. Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside, takes blues to the next level with a highly-rhythmic, charged style.
  3. Explore The Original Makers exhibition. Check out more than 165 works of folk art that make up The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection. Learn what inspires artists from all over the Southeast to create sculpture, paintings, quilts, and more.
  4. Enjoy food by Hot Tag. This culinary tag team is sweeping this side of the Cahaba River. They’ll be offering up a delicious mix of food, beer, community, and everything in between.
  5. Meet the Artists. Black Belt Treasures was started with the objective to stimulate the economy in Alabama’s Black Belt region through the sale and promotion of fine arts and heritage crafts. Now representing more than 450 artists, the organization also provides educational opportunities. Visitors will get to watch as some of these artists create, gaining insight into their unique styles and techniques.


The 2017–2018 Family Festivals Series is presented by
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The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection has been made possible by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Alabama Power Foundation. We also extend our gratitude to the City of Birmingham for their sustained support for the Museum and its mission.