UAB Arts in Medicine

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
AIM Program Coordinator

Hospital & Community

Haleigh Black
Musician in Residence

Salaam Green
Artist in Residence

Sarah Heath
Artist in Residence

Valerie Hanks
Provisional Art Therapist

Helene Taylor
Artist in Residence

Melissa Turnage
Artist in Residence

Elizabeth Vander Kamp
Artist in Residence

Cristal Brister
Artist in Residence

Melanie Rogers
Musician in Residence

Ellise Mayor
Teaching Artist

Stephanie Tatum
Teaching Artist

Mary Horn
Teaching Artist

John Scalici
Therapeutic Drummer

Children’s of Alabama based Music Therapists

Kim Hamrick
Libby Stephens
Sunny Davenport


You Can Make a Difference

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


Upcoming AIM Events