AIDS Alabama South has tweaked a popular event and given it a sleek new home. On April 7, the organization will stage its inaugural Art Scavenger Hunt through the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Dr.) from 6-8:30 p.m.
The group — which provides support, education, assistance and advocacy on behalf of those with HIV — previously staged a photographic scavenger hunt centered on landmarks, entitled “Look Up, Mobile!” They’ve taken the same general idea, moved it inside where the weather is always perfect and changed the focus to works of art.
“We want to utilize art to promote awareness by cultivating dialogue around HIV. Art promotes and encourages reflection, dialogue and action. In my opinion, utilizing contemporary art to bring about more HIV/AIDS awareness in our community is a perfect fit,” Kimberly McKeand, development coordinator for AIDS Alabama South, said in a news release.
Each participant will receive a book of clues containing 25 photos of various works in the MMoA collection. The clue books can be picked up at the front information desk at 6 p.m. on the night of the event.
All entries are turned into an AALS representative at 7:30 p.m. and correct submissions will be placed into a drawing, with one winner being randomly drawn at 8 p.m. The winner is awarded a dinner party for his/her family and friends on April 28 during AALS’ Dining Out For Life event.
Live music and refreshments will be available via donation.
For more information and details about Art Scavenger Hunt and Dining Out For Life, visit aidsalabamasouth.org.
Pan-collegiate show at MAC in April
Every other year, the Mobile Arts Council pools talent from the Mobile area’s collegiate-level programs for one big show. It’s one of the few times you get to see students from Bishop State Community College, Faulkner State Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile and the University of South Alabama in the same display space.
Fittingly, the show is entitled “Five.” Its objective is to expose students to juried exhibition and professional group shows, plus other artists as well as bringing together the instructors from their respective institutions.
It was open to any student — of any discipline — enrolled for any part of the 2015-2016 academic year at the aforementioned schools. Students were allowed to submit up to three pieces in any medium or style created during their enrollment.
More than 50 students submitted 130 works. Eight were from USA and UM, 11 from BSCC and FSCC and 13 from SHC.
The 2016 version of “Five” will be in place at Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) through April 29. A reception will take place during the LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, April 8.
The 2016 jury consisted of Benno Kollegger and Regina Doi-Kolleger, a husband-wife team of established artists who live in south Mobile County and have work in collections around the globe.
Six prizes for first, second and third place and three honorable mentions will be announced and awarded at the reception. Prizes will include cash and gift certificates donated by Alabama Art Supply, Ashland Gallery and the Mobile Art Association.
Port City Men’s Chorus gathers at Bernheim Hall
Port City Men’s Chorus will perform their spring concert on Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m. at Bernheim Hall. Entitled “Shall We Gather? A Choral Celebration,” tickets are $10.
In 2005, PCMC was begun to provide opportunity for fellowship through the arts. The medium was song but the underlying objective was a place and time where gay men and those unfazed by them could build community by providing members with rewarding musical experiences and promoting social exchange.
Since then, PCMC has performed at LoDa Artwalk, The Larkins Center, Cornerstone Metropolitan Community Church, Oakleigh Mansion, Alabama School of Math and Science, Davidson High School, Mobile Pride Celebration, Pensacola Pride Celebration and numerous Mardi Gras balls. They have sung with Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera.
PCMC is always eager to welcome participants. There are no audition requirements other than a desire to sing and have fun. Anyone interested in joining or with questions can find more information by emailing [email protected], or by visiting portcitymenschorus.org or the PCMC Facebook page.