From live performances to in-person exhibitions, from student work to contributions from local artists and patients, the arts at UAB are soaring
Shannon Thomason Story
In 2021, we have come together again— even when we had to keep our distance – performing on stage or watching in front of a hushed audience, sharing, witnessing, crying, celebrating, lifting our spirits and calming our hearts and minds. This year also marked milestones: the UAB Theater celebrated its 50th anniversary season, the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 25th season, and ArtPlay its 10th year of service.
Regardless of race, ethnicity, income or geography, the arts connect us. At UAB, they are more than education and entertainment – the arts are places of acceptance and belonging, of healing, of growth, of catharsis. Whether providing an emotional outlet, providing diverse learning opportunities, or embracing inclusion and equity, the arts at UAB help us address the challenges our communities face. .
Over the past year, as we have come together again in person, many digital offerings remain to serve as diverse an audience as possible, offering hands-on help, engaging performances, educational activities and creative conversation to more people, in more ways than ever. before.