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With classes for every age group plus educational events for the whole family to enjoy, ArtPlay aims to connect our community with the arts like never before. Check out our classes, workshops and performances, and start creating today!

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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY

ArtPlay, the education and outreach initiative of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, endeavors to educate, inspire, and nurture creative growth and self-expression in people of all ages by providing innovative arts education programming in a collaborative and holistic environment.

Today, March 5, 2015, ArtPlay will be closed due to the possibility of Severe Weather!  Cancelled Classes will be either extended or rescheduled.  Questions, please email artplay@uab.edu.

WHAT’S NEW -

SUMMER CAMPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION!

ArtPlay is proud to announce the following drama and visual arts camps offered this summer.

Extended Care is available for all camps.

Space is filling up quickly, so register online TODAY!

A Year With Frog and Toad, Kids – Musical Theatre Camp

Ages 7 – 12
June 1 – 12
Monday – Friday  9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $370

Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr. – Musical Theatre Camp

Currently full, please call to be placed on waiting list

Ages 7 – 12
June 15 – 26
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $370
Campers will be introduced to many aspects of musical theatre with a variety of fun classes. They learn theatre games, improvisation, warm-ups, dance, vocal exercises, voice & diction, terminology, acting and stage production, all the while developing a character and rehearsing for a full staged musical production at the end of camp.

Legally Blonde, Jr. – Musical Theatre Master Camp

Ages 12 – 18
July 6 – July 24
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $540

The third session of camp is celebrating its third exciting year! Camp 3 is our three week Master Camp. We wanted to offer our older campers an extra week for master classes leading up to the two weeks following when we will mount the show. At this camp, the kids will have a week of intensive classes in improv, musical theatre dance, voice, character development, acting, and auditioning. This week prepares them for the second week when they will audition for the show. There will be more than one performance for friends and family to attend. This is a great opportunity for young actors.

Discovering the Visual Arts Camp A

Ages 7 – 12
June 22 – 26
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $230

Discovering the Visual Arts B

Ages 7 – 12
July 13 – 17
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $230

Our winning visual arts camps offers classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, and more! Each day offers a new discovery with the end of camp being their very own art show.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center proudly unveils ArtPlay, a new arts education and outreach initiative for our community.
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Upcoming Events

  • ArtPlay Presents "Wild Rumpus" featuring DANCEe

    26 Apr 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    This dance party tells stories of adventure, tenderness, and the wild terrain of the human heart. Perfect for all ages, our Wild Rumpus will have you roaring for more. Join Birmingham Contemporary Dance Company DANCEe for this celebration of original dance works. Known for her innovative choreography that infuses a multitude of different dance disciplines, Elizabeth Ross with DANCEe bring exciting original work to the Alys Stephens Center stage. Sometimes comical, sometimes tender, this dance party tells stories of adventure, imagination, and the wild terrain of the human heart. Our Wild Rumpus will have you roaring for more …Wolf-suits optional.

    Tickets – Adults: $11 · Kids: $9

    Order tickets online today at www.alysstephens.org

  • Master Class featuring Australia's Sway Poles

    1 May 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    Celebrate spring at the ASC with the return of a FREE family community event, Cirque Alys 2, featuring Australia’s Sway Poles! » Sway Poles is a Melbourne-based arts company whose work fuses theatre, dance and circus at an elevated medium. Artists sway from 16-foot-tall poles creating a large scale visual art installation. » Originally based on the image of a field of wheat swaying in the breeze, the poles extreme strength and flexibility allow the performers to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth in a hypnotizing dance. » With a world-renowned repertoire that celebrates a wide variety of themes and stories, the company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe. » Don’t miss this opportunity to see Australia’s Sway Poles perform “Swoon” during their ASC residency.

  • Make Music Alabama – Have Your Music Heard!

    20 Jun 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    Are you a Musician? Do you Love Alabama? The ASC wants you to write or compose a piece of music about living in Alabama!

    You can be one of the six finalists chosen to perform live, June 20th at LOCAL. From the six finalists, one winner will be selected to win a $1,000 performance fee. Entries will be accepted up until April 20th. Don’t miss your chance, last year’s finalists received over 20,000 views on the ASC YouTube channel alone. For more information about Make Music Alabama email us at makemusicalabama@uab.edu.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Jan 20th - Project begins

    Apr 20th - Submission Deadline

    May 20th – Six Finalists Announced

    June 20th - Live Performance at LOCAL

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY

    MUST FILL OUT 19 & Over Waiver or Under 19 Waiver-Parent/Guardian Form

    All recorded video entries will be judged by local art and entertainment experts. Six finalists will be selected and announced on May 20 on the ASC’s Facebook Page.
    • One overall winner will receive a $1,000 performance fee for best “Make Music Alabama” entry.
    • One finalist will receive a $500-performance fee for Best Live Performance at LOCAL.
    • The remaining four finalists will receive a $250-performance fee to perform their song-live at LOCAL.
    • All genres and instruments are eligible-from classical and jazz to rap and country, and everything in between.
    • The song must be an original piece written about Alabama.
    • A video of any production quality (even a smartphone) must be submitted to the Alys Stephens Center email via YouTube link. Only one submission per person/group.
    • Email submissions to makemusicalabama@uab.edu. The deadline is April 20th.
    • If your song includes lyrics, please plan to submit those as well. We may also request a score.
    • In order for us to post your video on our YouTube Channel you will need to complete a release form and submit it with your video at makemusicalabama@uab.edu.
    • If you are 18 years old and younger, a parent or legal guardian must sign release form with you.

    Make Music Alabama Judges

    Eric Essix » Recording Artist in Jazz Hall of Fame

    Scott Register » Birmingham Mountain Radio Host

    Carla Jean Whitley » Music Writer/Editor

    Jeffrey Cain » Owner of Communicating Vessels

    Daniel Beard » Producer/Engineer at Fame Studios

    For more information on each of our judges, visit our “Meet the Judges” page.