UAB Institue for Arts in Medicine

UAB Institue for Arts in Medicine

Cultural District



 W132 Spain-Wallace Building, 620 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233

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. Our artists-in-residence are able to tailor programs to an individual specific needs.

AIM offers weekly programs in:

UAB Women & Infants Center

  • For parents of babies in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) and Continuing Care Nursery (CCN)
  • High Risk Obstetrics
  • Infusion Therapy Clinic
  • Live music in public spaces

The Kirklin Clinic

  • Live music in the lobby
  • Infusion Therapy Clinic, 2nd floor
  • Visual art table, 2nd floor

North Pavilion

  • Thursday Arts Experience Performances, 2nd floor Atrium
  • Live music in public spaces

Bedside Visits to:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Heart/Lung Transplant ICU
  • Acute Care for Elders at UAB Highlands


The Center for Psychiatric Medicine

Weekly Waiting Room Activities:

  • Callahan Eye Foundation
  • Neurology ICU
  • Trauma and Burn ICU
Location Info

UAB Institue for Arts in Medicine

W132 Spain-Wallace Building

Birmingham, AL 35233