Outreach Opportunities





  • ArtReach
  • ArtCare
  • Community Learning Opportunities
  • Master Classes and Workshops
  • Open Rehearsals for Students




Thanks to a sponsorship from Protective Life Corporation, DST Health Solutions, Rachel K. Russell, UAB and VIVA Health, ArtPlay at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center provide arts classes and programs to residents of Birmingham area independent and assisted-living facilities. Through ArtCare the ASC will offer programs specifically designed to engage older adults in health improvement and life enhancing activities through the arts. Research shows that regular participation in arts programs help minimize age-related physical and cognitive impairments, and contributes to better physical, intellectual and emotional health. Some successful programs use the arts to address issues and work with individuals that suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia and depression.





ArtReach, is a collaborative venture between the Alys Stephens Center‘s ArtPlay and YWCA of Central Alabama at YWoodlawn.  ArtPlay’s teaching artists offer free instruction to children as young as 3 through adults in subjects ranging from quilting and drumming to jazz and African dance.

The project contributes to the revitalization of the Woodlawn area, where the YW has invested $11 million for a housing initiative. It also fits ArtPlay’s goals.

Sponsors for ArtReach are Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Jane Stephens Comer, Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust, UAB Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Vulcan Materials Company.

Community Learning Opportunities

Join us for many opportunities throughout the season to participate in hands-on educational and fun activities.

Master Classes, Workshops & Clinics

ArtPlay master classes, such as the intimate conversation on comedy with Margaret Cho pictured above,  are a wonderful opportunity to connect local intermediate and advanced students of a variety of ages with masters of their art forms who are here as ASC presented artists.  In a master class all the students (and often spectators) watch and listen as the master teacher works with one student at a time.  Workshops allow a larger group of people to participate and are geared more toward beginning or intermediate level students.  Master classes and workshops take place at ArtPlay, the Alys Stephens Center, and sometimes in local schools.  Most are free unless otherwise notated.


Cirque Alys 2 featuring Australia’s Sway Poles

Master Class - Friday, May 1st at 4 pm

ASC’s Engel Plaza

This ASC curated performance is made possible by the generous support of Jemison Investment Company.


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.

Open Rehearsals for Students

Open rehearsals give students a rare opportunity to see renowned artists prepare for an evening’s performance at the Alys Stephens Center.  Additionally, audience members are often able to ask the performer(s) questions at the end of the rehearsal.