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.

The Clever George Washington Carver – ArtPlay’s “Make it Happen” Performing Ensemble’s Black History Month Production

Saturday, February 21 2015 - 10 am & 11:30 am

ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall

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.


Jazz Essentials - Bebop with Branford Marsalis 

Master Class – Tuesday, February 3 at 3 pm

ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall

Join us for the third installment of The Essentials as we continue our journey through jazz and explore Bebop with NEA Jazz Master and renowned award winning saxophonist, Branford Marsalis.

The three-time Grammy Award winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists. Having gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980s, Marsalis also performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby.

Dedicated to music education, Marsalis has shared his knowledge at such universities as Michigan State, San Francisco State, Stanford and North Carolina Central, where his full quartet participated in an innovative extended residency. Marsalis continues to be an artist-in-residence on the NCCU campus. Branford Marsalis embodies a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep music at the forefront.

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.