Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
JEH JEH LIVE - Following the tremendous success of "Warhol: Fabricated" this winter, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts - AEIVA - is hosting three exhibitions this summer that tell powerful stories of race, heritage, human rights, and human dignity. It's part of "Celebrating the Human Spirit: 50 Years After the 1965 Voting Rights Act."Spider Martin, Welcome to the Colored Section: Separate Not Equal, Selma, 1965, © Spider Martin "The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle" is presented by the City of Birmingham in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The exhibition compares the civil rights photography of Birmingham native Spider Martin and South African Peter Magubane, and explores their respective images of American segregation and South African apartheid. Fifty photographs from each photographer are included in the exhibition. This exhibition, sponsored by Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. and curated by Renee Kemp-Rotan of the Mayor's Office of Special Projects, has been more than a year in the making. "Willie Cole: Transformations" will showcase 15 works created by the noted American artist between 1996 and 2015. Featuring items as varied as shoes, irons, bicycles, and water bottles, Cole's work alludes to social, cultural, political, and spiritual issues as seen through the lens of the artist's own African-American culture, heritage and history. It is curated by AEIVA Director Lisa Tamiris Becker.The final show is "Focus I: Identified," the first in a new series of exhibits AEIVA will be hosting under the "Focus" title. "Focus I: Identified" features selected works from the collection of Jim Sokol and Lydia Cheney and is curated by John Fields."The Freedom Exhibition" and "Willie Cole: Transformations" will end on August 8. Focus I: Identified will close on July 25.The UAB's Abroms-Enegl Institute for Visual Arts is located at 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission is free! AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. For more information, call (205) 975-6436 or visit AEIVA online.
LIFE BEADS - For almost 30 years people in Northern Uganda have lived in fear of the Lord's Resistance Army. The LRA has killed more than 100,000 Ugandans under its leader Joseph Kony. But one Alabama-based nonprofit, Four Corners Ministries, is stepping up through its program Life Beads Africa. Families from Gardendale, Opelika, Jemison, Auburn and Birmingham are now living in Northern Uganda -- *focused* on serving the needs of the Acholi people who've struggled since Kony left the country in 2007. Britton Lynn gave us a look at the program and introduced us to some of the people impacted by it! All of the Lifebeads Africa jewelry is sold in the Four Corners Ministries office here in Alabama. But *you* can purchase any of the necklaces and bracelets by visiting their ETSY website.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT - Sarah invited Birmingham's new Superintendent to join us in the studio this morning. She introduced us to Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan. Dr. G, as she's being called by students and teachers, is acting as a consultant right now and will officially begin her job on July 1st. She will hold a news conference later this morning at Phillips Academy to highlight several summer programs that support student achievement across the district. One of the programs is the Superintendent's Academy, where 50 middle school students used their talents and skills to help the Birmingham Museum of Art, Jones Valley Teaching Farm and Red Mountain Park with marketing materials, art and other projects this month.
JOB MARKET - Right now the Alabama Department of Labor is reaching to counties in our state where the unemployment rate is the highest. It is holding job fairs that bring the employers straight to those who need the jobs the most. So far they've been in Dallas and Lowndes counties. Janice talked with Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington about how the effort is paying off. He says they're taking a new approach by focusing on these counties with high unemployment rates. The next job fair will be in Wilcox County. Check back on our website and newscasts for information when they pick a date and location
BEACH FLIP-Two Alabama women star in HGTV's new Beach Flip! HGTV and DIY Network favorites Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict, Josh Temple of House Crashers and David Bromstad of My Lottery Dream Home act as hosts, judges and mentors to four rival teams as they compete to renovate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated décor, loud wall colors and awkward layouts into spectacular properties in just eight weeks. The team with the highest increase in property value as determined by the region's top appraisers wins a $50,000 grand prize and a spread in HGTV Magazine. The homes are located on Alabama's Gulf coast. It premieres on July 5th. Lucy Farmer and Daphney Massey met in college at the University of Northern Alabama and have been best friends ever since. Lucy is a designer who has renovated eight homes and Daphney, a real estate agent. For more information, visit hgtv.com/shows/beach-flip.
OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Amanda LeBlanc with The Amanda's about household items you can repurpose as organizers. Amanda says you don't have to always go out and buy something new. You can utilize things that are in your home. Some of these items you may have discarded and haven't used in a while. She showed us how to use a muffin tin to sort crafts of legos for your little ones, a shower caddy or an art caddy to eat in the car to hold a drink and food, an old cookie jar to store nail polish or other items that will add color and fun to your decor, or a shoe rack to organize your scarves. For more ideas, visit theamandas.com.
PET OF THE WEEK - Deborah Morris from the Shelby County Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Ashley. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org