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.

Sonic Dreams

Creating the Story -  “What is an Earfilm?” Discussion

Wednesday, August 20, 2014// 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 21, 2014// 3:00 P.M.

ASC’s Odess Theater

An EarFilm is a purely audio film for the ears and the imagination. We fuse live story-telling, 3D sound and a cinematic musical score to create an experience that truly unlocks the listener’s imagination. EarFilms breathes new life into the tradition of storytelling, turning it into a hyper-real experience.

“Filmmakers are only ever projecting their own imaginations. EarFilms allows the viewer to use their own. Yes, the attendees are actually blindfolded as they experience cinematic storytelling with 3D sound to create a minds-eye movie all of their own.”- Source Magazine





Global Fest 2014

A free celebration of world cultures

The Majesty of African Art

Wednesday » November 12 » Noon

Lower Lobby of ASC

Featuring Dr. Emily G. Hanna, Curator of the Arts of Africa-Birmingham Museum of Art

Journey to Africa as BMA curator Dr. Emily Hanna captures the spirit of African Art.  Each piece tells a story and each story a new discovery.


A Touch of Tango

Thursday » November 13 » Noon

Lower Lobby of ASC

Featuring Dr. Sara Alvarez of Tango Alabama

Drs. Sara Alvarez and Roswell Pfister members of Tango Alabama set the floor on fire!  You will not want to miss this opportunity to view one of the world’s most beloved Latin dances coming to life at UAB.


Egypt: A View from Above

Thursday » November 13 » 5:45 P.M.

ASC’s Reynolds Kirschbaum Recital Hall

Featuring Dr. Sarah Parcak, Director of Laboratory of Global Research at UAB

Join us as we explore why Egyptologist Dr. Sarah Parcak’s research has reinvigorated exploration for ancient sites throughout the Middle East and elsewhere. Dr. Parcak, a National Geographic Fellow and 2012 TED Fellow, will discuss how she uses satellite imagery to identify ancient sites around the world that were thought to be lost forever.

Stirring Sounds of Ireland  

Friday » November 14 » Noon

Lower Lobby of ASC

Featuring Russell Hopper, Master Irish fiddle player

Discover the world of Irish music and instruments unique to this charming country with Russell Hopper, who holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Experience the harmony created between the culture of traditional and more modern music of Ireland.


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.

Jazz Essentials – The Swing Era with Kirk Whalum 

Master Class – Friday, Sept. 26, Time TBD

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.