Outreach Opportunities




  • Martin Hames Mentoring Program
  • ArtPlay’s “Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble
  • Master Classes & Workshops
  • Open Rehearsals for Students


Pictured:  Martin Hames Mentoring Program 2011-2012 and friends from Woodlawn

Martin Hames Arts Mentoring Program

This arts mentoring program gives middle and high school students exciting opportunities to experience multiple facets of the performing arts, as presented at the Alys Stephens Center. Local artists and arts educators serve as volunteer mentors who are matched with groups of students to attend selected ASC performances during the 2013-2014 season.  Preshow discussions allow the students and mentors to discuss the artist’s history, music genres and what to expect inside the concert hall.  Immediately following each performance, students participate in facilitated group discussions called “Talk Backs,” and often have the chance to meet guest performers.

This unique arts learning experience is designed to create a safe place in which to discuss and share ideas, and to encourage leadership and critical thinking. The planned discussions also provide opportunities for students to interact directly with arts professionals. This exciting, year-long program culminates in a final event for participants, parents, and mentors.
For people interested in the participating in the Mentor Program, please email us at artplay@uab.edu.


ArtPlay’s “Make it Happen”
Performing Ensemble

Through a partnership with “Make it Happen” Theatre Company, the ASC’s ArtPlay invites high school students to audition for this performance-based program in which students will attend weekly theatre classes and rehearsals that will culminate in the performance celebrating Black History Month. This performance will be researched, written, and performed by the student participants as part of the ArtPlay Presents series. Students selected for the ensemble will also participate in the Martin Hames Arts Mentoring Program (above). The program requires a year-long commitment to all rehearsals, performances, and activities.  Please call 205-975-4769 for more information.


Master Classes, Workshops & Clinics

ArtPlay master classes 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 other local venues.


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.