JDCAC Summer Camps

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: scuster@auburnalabama.org

Get Ready for Summer Camps at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center!

This summer, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) will be filled with creativity and imagination as children of all ages, participate in dance, special interest, theatre and visual arts camps. These camps create an opportunity for children to engage in educational activities while having a great time! Registration begins May 7th!

Interested in participating in future camps as an instructor, volunteer or participant? Contact the JDCAC at 334.501.2963. Come join the excitement in Auburn's art community today and make a difference for the younger generation’s future!

Art Camps Presented by the Auburn Arts Association

Art for Young Children

Pre-school children will explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials including but not limited to clay, paint and fabric. These sessions are organized by retired Auburn University Professor Chichi Lovett. Price includes cost of all materials and snack. We are an ART workshop with emphasis on art appreciation and the process of creating art. Students will create original art pieces incorporating the elements of art in a variety of age-appropriate lessons using a variety of materials. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session.

Some lessons may be repeated throughout the summer. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration will begin on May 7th at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Due to space limitations, we are unable to store artwork, so all work must be picked up by August 17. Remaining artwork will become the property of the Auburn Arts Association (AAA) and will be handled at their discretion which may include being sold to benefit children’s art programs. For more information, please contact the Arts Center. $60/week/child, $55 for each additional child. Payable to AAA prior to camp (discounts available for AAA family members).

Age(s)       Day(s)      Date(s)        Time                      Location

4 – 6          TWR         Sessions      10 a.m. – noon      JDCAC
                           Session l   6/26 – 6/28
                           Session II  7/17 – 7/19
Coordinator: Chichi Lovett / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.org

Visual Arts Workshops for Children

These workshops are organized by retired Auburn University Professor Chichi Lovett. A variety of age appropriate classes are taught by area artists, art educators, guest artists and art educators. Price includes cost of all materials and snack.

We are an ART workshop with emphasis on art appreciation and the process of creating art. Students are given the opportunity to choose two lessons per day where they create original art pieces incorporating the elements of art in a variety of age-appropriate lessons using a variety of materials. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session.

Some lessons may be repeated throughout the summer. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration will begin on May 7th at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Due to space limitations, we are unable to store artwork, so all work must be picked up by August 17. Remaining artwork will become the property of the Auburn Arts Association (AAA) and will be handled at their discretion which may include being sold to benefit children’s art programs. For more information, please contact the Arts Center. $80/week/child, $75 for each additional child. Payable to AAA prior to camp (discounts available for AAA family members).

Age(s)       Day(s)         Date(s)        Time                   Location

7 – 12        MTWRF      Sessions     9 a.m. – noon     JDCAC
                           Session l     7/9 – 7/13
                           Session ll    7/23 – 7/27
                           Session lll   7/30 – 8/3
Coordinator: Chichi Lovett / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.org

Dance Camps Presented by DanceWorks

A Tiny Workshop for Tiny Dancers

Just enough to give the youngest dancers an introduction to dance class. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively while learning and practicing left/right orientation and simple movement skills that are the basis for ballet techniques taught in a formal ballet class (bending, stretching, jumping, turning, leaping, galloping and skipping). This workshop will include a Tiny Demo on the final day. Children will dance barefoot and should wear comfortable clothing to move in (shorts and t-shirt). Dance attire is not necessary. $35 (includes costume that students will keep – tutu for girls, dance vest for boys). Payable to Auburn DanceWorks first day of camp.

Age(s)      Day(s)     Date(s)           Time                       Location

3 & 4        TWR        Sessions         9 a.m. – 10 a.m.    JDCAC
                              Session I    5/29 - 5/31                 
                              Session II   8/14 – 8/16    
(Must be potty-trained)
Contact: Cindy Davino • (334) 740-0381 • dcdavino@bellsouth.net

Pirates, Princesses and Gypsies

A dance, theatre and art workshop for both boys and girls! Children will learn dance skills, make costumes and props and play theatre games. We will prepare a small production built around the Pirates, Princesses and Gypsies theme to be shared with parents on the final day. This class is a great way to engage your child’s imagination! Children should wear shorts and t-shirts. We will dance barefoot. For more information, please contact Cindy Davino. $125/session/child. Payable to the Auburn DanceWorks first day of camp.

Age(s)      Day(s)         Date(s)       Time                        Location

5 – 7         MTWRF       6/4 – 6/8      9:30 a.m. – noon    JDCAC
Coordinators: Cindy Davino and Shelley Shields
Contact: Cindy Davino • (334) 740-0381 • dcdavino@bellsouth.net

Adventure to Atlantis

A dance, art and theatre workshop. Children will learn dance skills, make costumes and props and play theatre games. We will prepare a small production built on the Venture to Atlantis theme to be shared with parents on the final day. This class is a great way to engage your child’s imagination! Children should wear shorts and t-shirts. We will dance barefoot. $125/session/child. Payable to Auburn DanceWorks first day of camp.

Age(s)     Day(s)       Date(s)         Time                        Location

5 – 7        MTWRF     8/6 – 8/10     9:30 a.m. – noon     JDCAC
Contact: Cindy Davino • (334) 740-0381 • dcdavino@bellsouth.net

Music Camps

Joy’s Music and Singing Summer Camp

Do you like music? Do you enjoy singing? If you do, please consider joining us at Joy’s Music and Singing Summer Camp at the Jan Dempsey Community Art Center (JDCAC) this summer. You will learn professional vocal techniques for singing, piano skills, sight singing (i.e. read music scores & write music notes), music theory and some movements to improve your stage presence. Registration starts on May 7 and is only accepted in person at the Harris Center. Please contact the instructor for questions and more information. Limited spots are available (10 students per class). Payable to INST first day of camp.

Age(s)    Days          Dates           Times                  Location

6 – 12      MTWHF     6/4 – 6/8       8:30 – 11:30       JDCAC 
Coordinator: Joy Xu • (334) 750-6117 • czx0002@auburn.edu

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Academy Presents:

Musical Theatre Camp I, II and III

Love to sing, dance and act? Then join us for Musical Theatre Camp (MTC) hosted by the Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT)! Whether you have been on stage many times, or never, this camp is for you. You’ll learn music, choreography and character development activities for several Broadway Musical numbers. Each year, we choose new songs and different musicals, so you always have a fresh experience. You will have a chance to shine on stage for family and friends at the end of the camp! The cost includes a t-shirt, snack each day, a practice CD and music. There will be extra rehearsal times (TBD) so actors can prepare for the joint Parent Presentation to be held that evening from 5 – 6 p.m. MTC I is $150. MTC II and MTC III are $170/session/child (Includes a t-shirt, snack each day, practice CD and sheet music). Payable to AACT first day of camp. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available.

Age(s)          Day(s)            Date(s)           Time             Location

MTWRF
5 – 7      MTC I                     6/11 – 6/15     1 – 3 p.m.     JDCAC
              MTC I Session II    6/11 – 6/15     3:15 – 5:15 p.m.    JDCAC
8 – 11    MTC II                    6/11 – 6/15     9 a.m. – noon      JDCAC
12 – 18  MTC III                   6/11 – 6/15     1 – 4 p.m.            JDCAC
* Parent Presentation Friday, June 15 at 5 p.m.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

AACT Summer Intensive

This is a theatre skills and techniques camp appropriate for all levels of experience. Whether you are a beginning or experienced actor, you will be able to learn something new. This fun and fast paced camp will focus on improvisation, voice and movement and scene studies. Each year, we plan different ways to present and practice theater skills, so there is always something new! Actors will be placed in three age groups: ACT I: 5 – 8; ACT II: 9 – 11; and, ACT III: 12 – 18. A special presentation at the end gives everyone a chance to shine on stage. $150 (Includes a t-shirt and snack each day). Payable to AACT first day of camp. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available.

Age(s)          Day(s)        Date(s)           Time            Location

5 – 18           MTWHF
Session I                         6/18 – 6/22      1 – 4 p.m.    JDCAC
Session II                        7/23 – 7/27      1 – 4 p.m.    JDCAC
* Parent Presentation on the last day of each camp from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

Special Interest Camps

Superhero Training Camp

Calling all superheroes! Wear your favorite costume and come get strong with an obstacle course, get smart with science experiments and get creative with art projects – all superhero themed! $75/child. Payable to INST first day of camp.

Age(s)      Day(s)        Date(s)              Time              Location

4 – 8         MWF           6/4, 6/6 & 6/8     3 – 5 p.m.     JDCAC
Coordinator: Summer Williams • (334) 329-9361 • winsleycoan@icloud.com

Science Camp

At science camp, kids will be hands on with experiments, explosions and explorations. They will watch awesome demos, work with partners and groups to conduct science experiments and learn safe and easy experiments they can perform at home!

Join us for partner science experiments, cool demos and friendly building competitions daily! Action packed fun guaranteed to please your favorite Einstein! $85/child. Payable to INST first day of camp.

Age(s)     Day(s)          Date(s)                    Time             Location

6 – 10       MWF            7/23, 7/25 & 7/27     3 – 5 p.m.     JDCAC
Coordinator: Summer Williams • (334) 329-9361 • winsleycoan@icloud.com

Auburn Robotics Camp

Ever dream of building a robot? Now’s your chance! The provided kits will need to be assembled, soldered, wired up and programmed. You will learn it all and keep the robot for future tinkering. No prior experience needed, but a willingness to learn and strong math, science and critical thinking skills are beneficial. Limited space is available so pre-registration is required. On Friday, please bring a lunch and snacks. $135/child. Payable to INST first day of camp.

Age(s)         Day(s)     Date(s)       Time                    Location

10 – 17         FSA        6/15             9 a.m. – 5 p.m.    JDCAC
                                    6/16             8 a.m. – noon
Coordinators: Nathan Loden & Randall Stoves • (334) 497-1232 • auburnroboticscamp@gmail.com