- 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.
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
This fall, in addition to the return of our popular Global Fest lunchtime lecture series in November, the ASC will also present two events as a preview of The Nile Project performance and residency coming to the ASC in January 2015.
The Nile Project Preview
Friday » September 12 » Noon
Lower Lobby of ASC
Featuring Shaun A. Crawford, PhD, CIH, UAB School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
In anticipation of the upcoming Nile Project residency, Dr. Shaun Crawford leads us in a discussion on how the study of our most precious natural resource holds the power to ensure the future of generations to come.
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.
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.
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