The arts are paramount at the Alys Stephens Center, and ArtPlay encompasses all of the Center’s community education initiatives. We provide lifelong learning through the arts to members of our community of all ages, incomes and geographical areas.
UAB's Institute for Arts in Medicine (AIM)
AIM, the Center’s partnership with UAB Medicine, brings artists-in-residence into area hospitals and care facilities to work with patients, family members and caregivers. This program provides a much-needed break during long- or short-term hospitalizations. Weekly lunchtime performances at UAB Hospital’s North Pavilion provide free entertainment for patients, family members and medical staff.
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)
Designed by the world-renowned architect, the late Randall Stout, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), is a center for UAB and the Birmingham community to engage with contemporary art and artists. The 26,000-square-foot building is named for lead donors Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. AEIVA’s 5,000 square feet of exhibition space features six to eight exhibitions a year.
Meet the Artist Series
Our Meet the Artist series provides FREE, curriculum-based, informative, interactive and fun school performances by premier artists on our season.
Student Arts Council
The Student Arts Council serves as a bridge between UAB Visual and Performing Arts and the general student population.
UAB Music | Theatre
In a relatively short time, the UAB Department of Music has distinguished itself as one of the finest centers for educating young musicians in the southeast. Faculty and students perform right here at the Alys Stephens Center and around the globe.
The UAB Department of Theatre funds 5 fully-mounted productions each year and supports 4 touring companies who perform throughout Alabama. In addition, the department also produces short films, student showcases, and directing projects. Since 1971, the department has produced more than 200 full-length productions and, with very rare exceptions, their plays are cast entirely from the student body.