Something special happens just beyond these historic doors—discover ArtPlay


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Great things happen just beyond these doors. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

This historic home in the heart of Southside is extra special. Here you’ll find ArtPlay, where Birmingham creatives go to learn, grow and hone their craft. Read on to get the scoop on their classes and an upcoming GIVEAWAY! That’s right, we’re teaming up with ArtPlay to waive registration fees for you and a friend.

ArtPlay is where Birmingham creatives thrive

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Talk about inspiration. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The mission of ArtPlay is simple. They’re providing lifelong learning through the arts to all ages, skill levels, incomes and geographical areas. That translates to a wide variety of classes and an incredibly inclusive environment.

From free community programs that make learning fun to adult improv classes, ukulele for beginners and just about everything in between, there is truly something for everyone.

“The ArtPlay house is really magical. There is something special about having a place where you can create something new, meet a new friend and discover a love of all the arts under one roof. There are a lot of students that call ArtPlay ‘home’. It’s really a wonderful place where children and adults alike can be themselves and create together, whether that be on a canvas or on stage.”

— Heath Mixon, Director, ArtPlay

The history of ArtPlay

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And this is just the waiting area! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Way back in 1896, the house served as a residence for some very lucky folks for about 45 years. Since then, the home has welcomed many guests and tenants, including a chiropractor. It even functioned as a boarding house during the Great Depression.

Fortunately, many of the original components remain, including the gorgeous oak double doors that welcome you in. And, thanks to Jane Stephens Comer’s generous donation to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, the 1800s Victorian home has now taken on its current role as HQ for ArtPlay.

Something for everyone

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It’s time for your big break. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

ArtPlay offers courses for all ages and skill levels in a wide variety of disciplines. Some of our favorites are:

View the full list of offerings for children, teens and adults.

Register today + don’t miss our GIVEAWAY

Registration is open now. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

Are your creative juices flowing? Well you better hop to it, because registration is open now, and most classes begin the first week of October.

We’re also teaming up with ArtPlay for an upcoming GIVEAWAY! They’re waiving registration fees for one lucky winner and a friend, so keep an eye on our Instagram for your chance to win.

Looking for a creative outlet? Register for ArtPlay’s fall classes today.

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