Museum of Urban Art
The Museum of Urban Art is a proposed museum being developed by Charlena Jackson to showcase urban entertainers and culture. The planned museum would occupy a new 5-story, 80,000 square foot building at 1610 4th Avenue North in Birmingham's 4th Avenue Historic District. Place Design Studio has been contracted to design the new building and help develop a strategic plan.
The planned museum will exhibit original artwork and wax and bronze statues of notable figures. It will have a library and offer educational programs to children. A future phase will include a cinema multiplex and recording studio. Jackson has secured the donation of memorabilia owned by former Temptations star Eddie Kendrick. The site has been donated to the museum, and the City of Birmingham has budgeted $35,000 per year for operational expenses.
An annual Urban Art Gala has served as a fund raiser for the museum. Another fundraising event is planned to coincide with the Black History Bowl at the Birmingham YWCA.
Urban Impact director Nathan Hicks has been working to land a jazz club and restaurant in the district, and placing them in the museum building is a possibility.
- DeButts, Jimmy (February 6, 2009) "Urban Art museum takes step forward." Birmingham Business Journal
- Museum of Urban Art website
- Museum of Urban Art conceptual design at placedesignstudio.com