Alabama State University freshman grows artistic talents in hopes of opening business
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Alabama State University freshman grows artistic talents in hopes of opening business

Tamir Hardaway had been living in Montgomery for a couple of months when he drove by an outdoor event at the Urban Dreams Fine Art Center along South Court Street.

Just 13, his life recently had been uprooted when he and his family left their California community and its rich arts and cultural scene to move to Ridgecrest — an area vastly different from the only one Hardaway ever had known. 

“It was a major culture shock,” said Hardaway, part of Lanier’s Class of 2021. “It was a change in speed and change in mindset.” 

The center, a nonprofit with a mission to offer artists a space to create and share their work, was the type of place Hardaway had been missing. 

“It was hard moving here,” he said. “I lost all of my friends, all of my habits. So, seeing a building like this really ignited that flame and has just kept me going as an artist. … 

“I came every day for at least a month. … It was refreshing, rejuvenating.”

Over the next four years, Hardaway dedicated himself to building on his artistic talents and establishing a brand to sell his pieces.