Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa will host the first ‘Believing in What Can Be’ Art Showcase, featuring the extraordinary works by students at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind on Friday, August 19.
Founded in 1858, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the nation’s most comprehensive education and service programs for children and adults who are deaf, blind, deafblind, multidisabled and their families. AIDB serves more than 24,000 individuals each year from birth to aging through the Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School, Gentry Technical Facility, and Alabama Industries for the Blind. Regional centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.
At AIDB students of all ages learn to overcome communication and accessibility challenges to become masters of technology, art, the sciences, independent living and productive employees in their home communities.
Through AIDB’s Tuscaloosa Regional Center, more than 2,200 deaf and blind children, adults and seniors receive services directly in their home counties of Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa. The Center, located at 2412 Skyland Blvd. East, features an Early Intervention program and KinderPrep class for young children; an assistive technology lab; interpreter services and sign language classes; job coaching, personal living skills, transportation and a host of other programs and services. Robbie Stewart is Regional Director – the phone number is 205-345-2883.
Arts and technology are key aspects of the AIDB curriculum in addition to academic and vocational training, college preparation, athletics and leadership development. Creative instruction and expression includes music, drama and various art forms of art. More than 60 pieces of art will be displayed in the exhibit created by students who are deaf, blind and multidisabled. A short program featuring AIDB President Dr. John Mascia will begin at approximately 6:00.
Tuscaloosa businessmen Jim Harrison, III, John Duckworth and Mike Royer all serve on the AIDB Foundation Board of Directors.
The Art Showcase is being sponsored by the AIDB Foundation, created in 1980 to encourage support of AIDB’s charitable, educational, research and training programs. The Foundation provides funding for a vast array of programs and projects at AIDB including major construction and renovation of facilities, development of new and expanding programs and experiences in professional development, academics, student life, outreach, and the arts.
For more information contact:
Director, Institutional Advancement