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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: [email protected]

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 theatre, visual arts and special interest camps. These camps create an opportunity for children to engage in educational activities while having a great time!

Interested in participating in summer 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!

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR ART AND THEATRE CAMPS GOING ON NOW THROUGH ACTIVE.COM.

Art Camps at JDCAC - Register HERE

Theatre Camps and All Day Arts Experiences - Register HERE

All Day Arts Experience

Looking for an “all day camp”? Here are the bridges that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association and JDCAC) and the AACT Academy Camps (Provided by Auburn Area Community Theater) to provide your child with an all day, visual and performing arts experience!

“BYO Lunch Break” will begin immediately after the Visual Arts Workshops for Children. Each camper must provide their own lunch. After eating campers will be led in group games, both inside and outside (weather permitting). Or, campers have the choice to rest or read a book. Digital devices, while not banned, will be discouraged.

“After Hours Theater” will begin immediately after the AACT Summer Intensive Camps. Campers will participate in theatre games, and will have an opportunity to explore further the theatre concepts they have learned. Digital devices, while not banned, will be discouraged.

You must sign up for the Visual Arts Workshops for Children and the AACT Camps separately. You can take advantage of either one, or both, of the extended hours programs by signing up for what you need.

Art Camps Presented by the Auburn Arts Association at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC)

Art for Young Children
Arts for Young Children is an ART CAMP created by Chichi Lovett and coordinated by Sara Custer, Cultural Arts Administrator, and Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist. Art camps at the JDCAC provide a supportive and creative learning environment where instruction is collaborative and taught by experienced artists and art educators. Campers will explore different mediums while learning about artists, history, movements and cultures. We are an ART workshop with emphasis on aesthetics and the process of creating art. We will inspire your child to experiment with materials and try new techniques while learning about the elements and principles of design in a variety of age-appropriate lessons. A special exhibition of the children’s artwork will be held at the end of each session. For more information, please contact the JDCAC.
Covid-19 Note: The JDCAC will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. $60/week/child, $55 for each additional child. Price includes cost of all materials and snacks. Payable to AAA prior to camp.
Age(s)                       Day(s)                             Date(s)                      Time                               Location
4 – 6                          TWR                                                                    10 a.m. – noon            JDCAC
                                  Session l                      6/29 – 7/1
                                  Session II                      7/20 – 7/22
Coordinators: Sara Hand Custer and Emillie Dombrowski / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • [email protected]

Visual Arts Workshops for Children
Visual Arts Workshops for Children is an ART CAMP created by Chichi Lovett and coordinated by Sara Custer, Cultural Arts Administrator, and Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist. Art camps at the JDCAC provide a supportive and creative learning environment where instruction is collaborative and taught by experienced artists and art educators. Campers will explore different mediums while learning about artists, history, movements and cultures. We are an ART workshop with emphasis on aesthetics and the process of creating art. We will inspire your child to experiment with materials and try new techniques while learning about the elements and principles of design in a variety of age-appropriate lessons. A special exhibition of the children’s artwork will be held at the end of each session. For more information, please contact the JDCAC.
Covid-19 Note: The JDCAC will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. $80/week/child, $75 for each additional child. Price includes cost of all materials and snacks. Payable to AAA prior to camp.
Age(s)                         Day(s)                              Date(s)                      Time                              Location
7 – 12                          MTWRF                                                               9 a.m. – noon              JDCAC
                                   Session l                        6/21 – 6/25
                                   Session ll                       7/12 – 7/16
                                   Session III                      7/26 – 7/30
Coordinators:
Sara Hand Custer and Emillie Dombrowski / Auburn Arts Association
Contact:
Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • [email protected]

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Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Academy 2021 Summer Camp Offerings:
The Power of Poetry – Using Rhyme and Rhythm to Discover your “Voice”

Musical Theatre Camp Jr., I, II and III – Four different aged sessions!
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 participate in 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!
Covid-19 Note: AACT will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org. There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at Auburn Parks and Recreation.
MTC Jr. and MTC I are $150/child. MTC II and MTC III are $170/child (Includes a t-shirt, snack each day, rehearsal track and sheet music). Payable to AACT. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available. Scholarship forms and details are at auburnact.org
Age(s)                   Day(s)                       Date(s)                       Time                                     Location
                              MTWRF                  6/14 – 6/18                                                          JDCAC
3 – 5                     MTC Jr.                                                        1 – 3 p.m.
5 – 7                     MTC I                                                           3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
8 – 11                    MTC II                                                         9 a.m. – noon
12 – 18                  MTC III                                                         1 – 4 p.m.
Parent Presentation Friday, June 18th at 5 p.m.
*Friday, June 18th there will be extra rehearsal times (TBA) for everyone to prepare for the Parent Presentation that evening.
*We need actor’s t-shirt size at registration.
*Children ages 3 - 5 must be potty-trained to attend.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

AACT Academy 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 voice and movement, improvisation and scene studies. Each year, we plan different ways to present and practice theater skills, so there is always something new! A special presentation at the end gives everyone a chance to shine on stage.
Covid-19 Note: AACT will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org. There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at Auburn Parks and Recreation.
$150/child (includes a t-shirt and snack each day). Payable to AACT. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available. Scholarships forms and details are at auburnact.org
Age(s)                       Day(s)                      Date(s)                            Time                             Location
3 – 18                       MTWRF                                                         1 – 4 p.m.                    JDCAC
                                  Session I                 6/21 – 6/25
                                  Session II                7/26 – 7/30
Parent Presentation on the last day of each camp from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
*Children will be placed in four age groups: ACT Jr., 3 – 4; ACT I, 5 – 7; ACT II, 8 – 11; and, ACT III, 12 – 18.
*We need actor’s t-shirt size at registration.
*Children ages 3 - 5 must be potty-trained to attend.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

AACT Academy Summer “Play”
From auditions to performance, young actors will be able to go through the whole process of producing a play. Using a children’s literature story for our base, the actors will be able to write some of their lines, develop their character, create their own set, costume and make-up design sketches. We will not actually be able to build their set designs, but we will use simple stage make-up, costumes and props. Be prepared to have them raiding the closets to find what they need! The actors will be expected to practice their lines and do some character development work at home.
Covid-19 Note: AACT will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org. There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at Auburn Parks and Recreation.
$180/child (includes t-shirt, snack and materials to create simple prop and costume pieces). Payable to AACT. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available. Scholarship forms and details are at auburnact.org
Age(s)                       Day(s)                              Date(s)                     Time                                 Location
7 – 12                        MTWRF                         7/12 – 7/16             1 – 5 p.m.                       JDCAC
Parent presentation will be on Friday, July 16th at 5 p.m.
*We need actor’s t-shirt size at registration.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

BYO Lunch Break
Looking for an “all day camp”? Here are the bridges that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association and JDCAC) and the AACT Academy Camps (Provided by Auburn Area Community Theater) to provide your child with an all day, visual and performing arts experience! “BYO Lunch Break” will begin immediately after the Visual Arts Workshops for Children. Each camper must provide their own lunch. After eating campers will be led in group games, both inside and outside (weather permitting). Or, campers have the choice to rest or read a book. Digital devices, while not banned, will be discouraged.
Covid-19 Note: AACT will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org. There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at Auburn Parks and Recreation.
$25/child. Payable to AACT. There are no scholarships or sibling discounts available for this class.
Age(s)                      Day(s)                          Date(s)                          Time                               Location
3 – 12                       MTWRF                                                                                                 JDCAC
Session I                                                     6/21 – 6/25                 12 – 1 p.m.
Session II                                                     7/12 – 7/16
Session III                                                    7/26 – 7/30
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

After Hours Theater
Looking for an “all day camp”? Here are the bridges that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association and JDCAC) and the AACT Academy Camps (Provided by Auburn Area Community Theater) to provide your child with an all day, visual and performing arts experience! “After Hours Theater” will begin immediately after the AACT Summer Intensive Camps. Campers will participate in theatre games, and will have an opportunity to explore further the theatre concepts they have learned. Digital devices, while not banned, will be discouraged.
Covid-19 Note: AACT will continue to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines for programs.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will take place Monday, March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org. There will be a credit card and convenience fee of 6.25% added if you register online. In person registration will begin on May 3rd at Auburn Parks and Recreation.
$20/child. Payable to AACT. There are no scholarships or sibling discounts available for this class.
Age(s)                      Day(s)                       Date(s)                      Time                               Location
3 – 12                       MTWRF                                                    4 – 5 p.m.                     JDCAC
Session I                                                  6/21 – 6/25
*Session II*                                               7/12 – 7/16
Session III                                                7/26 – 7/30
*The AACT Summer “Play” Theater camp goes until 5 p.m. so there is no need for After Hours Theater the week of Session II.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]