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 several 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 othewise notated.

Yotam Haber – Composer’s Master Class Sept. 16 4pm

Anouska Shankar Clinic –  Sept. 17 1pm

Carolina Chocolate Drops Clinic – Feb. 28, 3pm

Global Fest

A free celebration of world cultures

The Jig Is Up! The Masterful Artistry of Irish Dance
Wednesday » November 6 » Noon
Featuring Members of the Traditional Irish Dance Academy of Birmingham
Explore the phenomenon that is Irish Dance as we join Chelsea VonBartheld and the Traditional Irish Dance Academy of Birmingham for an afternoon of movement and discussion. Topics include the history of Irish dance, costuming, the use of Gaelic language, and more.

The Art of Indian Dances
Thursday » November 7 » Noon
Featuring Dr. Pia Sen, founder and director of Notinee Indian Dance in Birmingham &
Sheila Rubin, founder and director of Natyananda Dance of India in Birmingham

Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, learn about the beauty and intricacy of Indian dance. From the specificity of the hand gesture, to the vivid color of the costume, each element plays an integral role in this art form that tells stories through dance.

Un Voyage en France
Friday » November 8 » Noon
Featuring instructor Margaret Bond and Associate Professor Dr. Catherine Daniélou
of UAB’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Take a trip to France with members of UAB’s faculty for a mini French language lesson and a fun discussion on French food, wine, and culture. You will even have the opportunity to sample gourmet French cheeses from local shops and restaurants.

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.