Flying high with the arts – Magazine

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.

The Peony Project, by Birmingham artist Amy R. Peterson, features 50 flower paintings honoring women who participated in UAB’s comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine addiction in pregnancy program during his first year.

Photo: Alabamians affected by cancer shaped original dance work by UAB Arts in Medicine and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater.  After the project came to an abrupt end in March 2020, participants were finally able to share the performance – created to honor their journeys of healing, hope, nostalgia and loss – in October 2021.Alabamians affected by cancer have shaped an original dance work by UAB Arts in Medicine and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre. After the project came to an abrupt end in March 2020, participants were finally able to share the performance – created to honor their journeys of healing, hope, nostalgia and loss – in October 2021.

A work by student Hannah A work by student Hannah “Bayly” Brower takes shape in a figurative painting class.

Artist Delrico Gibson can make art again after being treated at UAB and cured of major burns.  He looks forward to seeing his works in January 2023 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts at UAB.Artist Delrico Gibson can make art again after being treated at UAB and cured of major burns. He looks forward to seeing his works in January 2023 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts at UAB.

Musical theater students rehearse in class.Musical theater students rehearse in class.

This season, UAB Theater celebrated its 50th anniversary with a masterful retelling of the original “Godspell.This season, UAB Theater celebrated its 50th anniversary with a masterful retelling of the original “Godspell.

The UAB Gospel Choir performs on stage at the Jemison Concert Hall.The UAB Gospel Choir performs on stage at the Jemison Concert Hall.

“Pyrrhic Defeat” by Mark Loughney, part of the exhibition “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” at AEIVA at UAB.

Published in April 2022

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