UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine (AIM)

Through a collaboration with the Alys Stephens Center and UAB Medicine, UAB Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Alabama to have a formal Arts in Medicine program. AIM focuses on the needs of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. AIM includes both interactive and passive arts experiences, which can include bedside and workshop activities, or performances and visual art installations in public spaces.

Research on the arts and health has indicated that arts programs may boost the moods of patients and their families by reducing perceived pain, anxiety and stress. In turn, that could contribute to a reduction in medication use, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay.

AIM offers programs in painting, drawing, sewing, storytelling, theatre, writing, music, guided-meditation and dance/movement. Our artists-in-residence are able to tailor programs to an individual specific needs.

AIM offers weekly programs in:

UAB Women & Infants Center

  • For parents of babies in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) and Continuing Care Nursery (CCN)
  • High Risk Obstetrics
  • Infusion Therapy Clinic
  • Live music in public spaces

The Kirklin Clinic

  • Live music in the lobby
  • Infusion Therapy Clinic, 2nd floor
  • Visual art table, 2nd floor

North Pavilion

  • Thursday Arts Experience Performances, 2nd floor Atrium
  • Live music in public spaces

Bedside Visits to:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Heart/Lung Transplant ICU
  • Acute Care for Elders at UAB Highlands


The Center for Psychiatric Medicine

Weekly Waiting Room Activities:

  • Callahan Eye Foundation
  • Neurology ICU
  • Trauma and Burn ICU

UAB AIM accepts referrals from hospital staff to visit patients throughout the hospital.

Help UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine offer comfort and hope to hospital patients through the healing power of the arts.


funds one art class for women in the hospital with high risk pregnancies


funds resources for one NICU mom to make a quilt for her infant


funds one month of art supplies for adolescents treated in the UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine


funds one semester of Aging Creatively classes for senior adults in residential facilities


funds 3 months of music performances throughout the hospital’s public spaces

You Can Make a Difference

Help UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine offer comfort and hope to hospital patients through the healing power of the arts.


Creative Approches to Healing Inspire Patients and Clinicians

UAB OT students learn therapy tricks from illusionist Kevin Spencer

Storytelling may help reduce delirium in hospitalized elderly patients


Upcoming AIM Events