Published on September 10, 2014 by Cassady Weldon  

The Birmingham community is filled with music, theatre, dance, art and design events, and Joseph Hopkins, dean of Samford University’s School of the Arts, wants members of the community to take full advantage of the opportunities. 

“A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts” is open to any member of the Birmingham community and will be taught by Hopkins this fall. The class will meet for two free preview sessions in September and then continue through December. 

Cost is $75 for the semester.

The class will focus on upcoming events around Birmingham and study subjects related to these performances, exhibits and festivals, Hopkins said. Special guests will provide an inside perspective on the arts and how to make the most of the rich culture in this area. 

The two free preview sessions are Sept. 15 and 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. Regular classes will be held on Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 6 and ending Dec. 1. Classes will be held at the Samford University Academy of the Arts, 1939 S. Lakeshore Drive. 

“We hope the class will offer insight that makes these experiences more enjoyable and valuable,” said Hopkins. “And that the students will learn about the history, context and form of ballet, symphony, jazz, theatre, band, painting, sculpture, design and all of the arts.” 

To register for the class, call the Academy of the Arts at 205-726-2739. 

Cassady Weldon is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.