UAB’s ArtPlay


Julie Danley

K-12 Education Administrator (205) 975-4769
1006 19th Street S,
Birmingham, AL 35205

Community Art Education

AEIVA Immersion is a program created to highlight the vast educational offerings at UAB’s Visual Art Gallery, AEIVA. Currently tours are scheduled with classes when the exhibits fit into K-12 Course of Study.

Meet the Artist is one of longest running programs. Schools visit the Alys Stephens Center to attend touring shows presented by the Alys Stephens Center and resident artists, including Theatre UAB and the Department of Music. Classrooms have the option of using detailed curriculum guides pre or post event to enhance the performance’s educational impact.

Vocabby’s World is a vocabulary building program for children birth to 5 and their caregivers. Currently these arts integration workshops are held in the Woodlawn community once a month; this program has been active for 7 years. Vocabby’s World also involves community partners in the education of our students.

Our Lunch and Learn series is art education opportunities for lunch time learning. Artists are asked to present on a topic surrounding their specialty and each has a Q and A Following.

Our Powered by Girls Conference is a yearly workshop filled with learning lectures and hands-on activities for middle school girls wanting to explore careers in the arts. Each year, different speakers provide powerful insight for building character and reaching goals with the arts as a catalyst.

Community Classes
ArtPlay offers up to 15 classes in the fall and spring. ArtPlay classes showcase every artistic genre and celebrates all ages at the ArtPlay House in historic 5-Points South. We also offer offsite classes for schools and community partners.

stART STEAM for Educators is our newly named professional development offering for preteach students and current educators fits right into the Partners in Education model. stART STEAM will provide arts integration models for the general classroom. The opportunities for the non-traditional learner are endless.

Summer Camps
ArtPlay’s successful summer camps offer a fun “presentation based” opportunity for summer. We do 2 visual arts camps with daily projects that culminate in a gallery showing at the ArtPlay House. We also do 3 musical theatre camps that end in a production, in which participants learn all aspects of the stage.

ArtPlay’s Family Days and Open Houses were created to offer free opportunities for our community, all the while highlighting ArtPlay’s offerings. ArtPlay Family Days are not only held at the ArtPlay House, but we also showcase AEIVA and the Alys Stephens Center facilities.

ArtPlay’s Musical Theatre Intensive has taken 6 groups to the Big Apple. Musical theatre enthusiasts meet monthly to explore the many aspects of musical theatre learning. Students prepare monologues, songs and choreography to present to theatre artists in New York. They see shows and do master classes with Broadway professionals. At the end of the year, the students present their pieces in a showcase recital for parents.