ArtPlay Community Art Education (ArtPlay)

Thanks to Jane Stephens Comer’s generous donation, UAB’s ArtPlay Community Art Education provides lifelong learning through the arts to all ages, skill levels, incomes and geographical areas through free and fee-based classes, events, performances and exhibits. These opportunities immerse individuals in a world of creativity that opens up a world of possibilities as they develop an understanding and appreciation for the arts. Since 2010, ArtPlay has touched the lives of over 150,000 individuals.

With weekly classes in the fall and spring, summer camps, ArtPlay — which also collaborates with the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine —provides enriching experiences to people of all ages in the Birmingham area.

ArtPlay offers about a dozen regular programs, including the classes and workshops, private musical lessons, summer camps in musical theater and visual arts, the ArtPlay Musical Theatre Intensive, visiting artists and performers and Vocabby’s World, a vocabulary building program for children.

ArtPlay, which held its first classes in January 2011, is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the decade, the facility has served more than 140,000 people.

Meet the Team

Heath Mixon
ArtPlay Director

Carlee Sinkus
Office Manager

K-12 Education Administrator

Rachel Ahrnsen
Campus and Community Engagement
AEIVA | ASC | ArtPlay | AIM

Christina McClellan
Education Manager
AEIVA | ArtPlay

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1006 19th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35205

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  • Please do not park in the lot behind the ArtPlay building. You may be towed at your expense if you do.
  • After 3 PM and on weekends, UAB Student Lot 15Y (the gravel lot) is for ArtPlay patrons at the corner of 10th Avenue South and 19th Street. Additional metered parking is available on 10th Avenue South.
  • Please do not park or drop off in the Alabama Ophthalmology parking lot, as you may be towed.  There is a paid public parking lot across the street from the ArtPlay house.  You will be booted if you use this lot and do not pay for your space.
  • ArtPlay highly encourages you to use either UAB Lot 15Y, UAB Parking Deck or metered parking.