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At mid-January, there are nine events to watch for in Alabama Arts: From virtual lectures to new exhibits

At mid-January, there are nine events to watch for in Alabama Arts: From virtual lectures to new exhibits

After a short winter break, artists and arts organizations around Alabama have. Looking to get back into the swing of visiting museums and art shows? From talks that focus on the intersection of art and racial justice to opening exhibitions of contemporary work, here are nine events to add to your calendar.


LaDonna Brown & Marcus Briggs-Cloud: A Contemporary Indigenous Experience

Zoe Urness, a Tlingit photographer, has shown some of the works in the exhibit "Voices So True: New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest" at the Birmingham Museum of Art ( Zoe Urness/ Courtesy, Birmingham Museum of Art).


Carey Fountain, the Historic Preservation Officer of the Chickasaw Nation and Ekvnv Yefolecvlke, will present a virtual panel discussion about contemporary indigenous life and its evolution over the years.

A Contemporary Indigenous Experience is a series of events at the Birmingham Museum of Art featuring native American artifacts and contemporary art, among which participants are discussed. Past exhibits and lectures include discussion about the,, and a feature Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project, a Navajo photographer and artist to help restore healing, particularly in Native American communities, during the COVID-19 epidemic

A Contemporary Indigenous Experience: LaDonna Brown & Marcus Briggs-Cloud will be on January 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is open.

Sydney A. Foster's Virtual Artist Talk


"Sydney A. Foster: Reflections and Realities" is on view at the Wiregrass Museum of Art until March 26. (Syndey A. Foster/ Courtesy Wiregrass Museum of Art)

In a demonstration on Zoom, one of the artists in residence will share information on her time spent in Dothan and the impact it has on her career as a photographer.

Foster describes the Wiregrass Region's uniqueness through "bright color and a care for its people and places" in a display he presents.

Since 2019, Foster has traveled to Dothan and the surrounding areas to capture the realities of our community; and she has reflected on her own experiences along the way. These images provide a glimpse into the complex realities of our region.

Foster, a native of Montgomery, has been elected as the Alabama Governor's Office's staff photographer.

Foster, vibrancy, southern black culture, feminism, and the rawness of all people, places and things, is heavily influenced by social equality, African American women, and being a voice of reason to those who too are afraid to speak up and out.

Additional Details: A virtual artist talk with Sydney A. Foster will be held on January 13 at 6 p.m. The event will be a 30-minute conversation followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Registration is required.

Virtual Artist Talk: Overview Effect


"Overview Effect" at Ground Floor Contemporary shows Whitson Ramsey's exhibition wall, "Overview Effect."

On Friday, January 13, the ground floor Contemporary will hold a virtual talk for the visiting artists. The discussion, which begins at 6 p.m., will be available to watch via the link on the gallery.

Have you seen the exhibition yet?

Additional details: On January 13, Ground Floor Contemporary will host the virtual artist talk in "Overview Effect."


The Library Jam

The WEST END LIBRARY, from 12 to 16 p.m.

Clarence Muhammad, Courtesy

The Arlington West End Neighborhood Association will host a day of community events featuring food trucks, art activities, music, and free giveaways for the community at the Events from 12 to 4 p.m.


What Black Women Want You To Know


Salaam Green, a writer and educator, will share their experiences with the United States, along with Lucy Wairimu Mukuria, a mental health reformer. "What Black Women Want You To Know," a free, 90-minute virtual seminar on racial healing

Salaam Green, a writer, a teacher, and a certified trainer, will attend the session. Lucy Wairimu Mukuria, a mental health reformer, will join Green for the session. The aim of the seminar is to help people of all races and genders adopt "outdated" beliefs about race and gender in a space of empathy and compassion.

Using established methods of healing racial trauma, Green and Mukuria will allow participants to slow down and unwind whales being guided through healing and witnessing in a compassionate space..

Salaam Green and Lucy Wairimu Mukuria are all fans of our upcoming event What Black Women Want You to Know on Sunday, January 16th.

Founded by Green, he leads workshops for individuals and organizations about poetry, writing, and storytelling.

According to Green in a recent interview, art is truth-telling. "There are many things that connect anyone across the divide," he said.

Additional Details:

What Black Women Want You To Know, is a collaborative effort from,, and. The seminar is free. Registration is required and available at The seminar begins at 10 a.m.


MLK is a free day.


This year, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will expand its annual programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of in person and virtual events (Courtesy, BCRI).

This year, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will expand In addition to a day of free entry to its galleries (registration is required), the for the community including a discussion on diversity in education and readings of "A Letter from the Birmingham Jail." Ashley Jones, a poet laureate of Alabama, will also attend a book signing as well as give lectures in the BCRIs Historic Gallery.

Additional Details:

On Monday, January 17, MLK Free Day events in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute kick off at 9 a.m.

Today marks the Art for Justice Day.

STUDIO 2500, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Courtesy, Studio 2500)

MLK Day will be held for youth aged 9 to 8.30pm, with artists gathering between 9 a.m. and 13 p.m.

Registration is required, and Interested participants may send an email to or send an email to (205) 470-9530 with the subject line MLK DAY YOUTH. The deadline to register is January 15.

Bryce Speed and Celeste Laborde


(Courtesy, Gallery Vox)

Celeste Laborde will present his work on a reception on Thursday, January 13.

"Painting can connect form and idea in a way that is unique to the medium, and I seek to embrace this possibility in my work," says Celeste Laborde, who has a long list of new works.

Samford Art & Design Faculty Exhibition "The Sum of Our Parts"


(Courtesy, Samford University)

The show, titled "The Sum of Our Parts," will be held on January 13 at a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Additional Details: School of the Arts Gallery will be on display at Samford University from January 13 to February 3.

Are you an artist hosting a show, or are you planning an artist lecture? Please let us know. Email details to.

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