UAB 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 in UAB Women & Infants Center, Kirklin Clinic, and North Pavilion. Our artists-in-residence are able to tailor programs to an individual specific needs and offer them bedside in addition to hospital waiting areas.

Meet the Team

Kimberly Kirklin
AIM Director

Lauren Edwards
Program Coordinator

Starris Kidd
Healthcare Management Student

Haleigh Black
Teaching Artist

Valerie Hanks
Teaching Artist

Kim McKenzie
Teaching Artist

Helene Taylor
Teaching Artist

Lillis Taylor
Teaching Artist

Melissa Turnage
Teaching Artist

Elizabeth Vander Kamp
Teaching Artist

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.


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UAB OT students learn therapy tricks from illusionist Kevin Spencer

Storytelling may help reduce delirium in hospitalized elderly patients


Upcoming AIM Events