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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
    Program hours vary

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

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

We'll See You This Summer at the Jan Dempsey Community
Arts Center!

Every summer, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) is 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!

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR ART AND THEATRE CAMPS TAKING PLACE NOW!

Art Camps at JDCAC - Register HERE
ALL ART CAMPS ARE FULL!

Theatre Camps and All Day Arts Experience - Register HERE

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

Art for Young Children
Art 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 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. 
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). $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               6/28 – 6/30
                            Session II              7/19 – 7/21
Coordinators: Sara Hand Custer and Emillie Dombrowski / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.or

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 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 JDCAC.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). $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              6/20 – 6/24
                             Session ll             7/11 – 7/15
                             Session III            7/25 – 7/29
Coordinators: Sara Hand Custer and Emillie Dombrowski / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.org

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Academy 2022 Summer Camp Offerings:
STILL Moving Forward

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!
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
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                    6/13 – 6/17                                   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 17 at 5 p.m.
*Friday, June 17th 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 • mbrown@auburnact.org

AACT Academy Mini Camp – “Play” in the Woods
Wear your hiking shoes, bring water and apply bug spray! AACT and the Kreher preserve are partnering to provide a literal “All the world’s a stage” experience. Using the woods as our stage we will be playing and preparing mini plays. We are excited to explore theatre techniques in the great outdoors! The Parent Presentation will be Wednesday, June 29 from noon – 1 p.m.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
$100/child (includes 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 – 14                MTW              June 27 – 29              9 a.m. – noon            Kreher Preserve and Nature Center
Parent presentation will be on Wednesday, June 29 at noon.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • mbrown@auburnact.org

AACT Academy Summer Intensive – STILL Moving Forward
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.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
$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                                                                      JDCAC
Session I                                    6/6 – 6/10       1 – 4 p.m.
Session II                                   8/1 – 8/5          9 a.m. – noon
Parent Presentation Session I will be held from 4 – 5 p.m.
Parent Presentation Session II will be held from noon – 1 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 • mbrown@auburnact.org

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.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
$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              7/25 – 7/29         1 – 5 p.m.             JDCAC
Parent presentation will be on Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m.
*We need actor’s t-shirt size at registration.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • mbrown@auburnact.org

BYO Lunch Break
Looking for an “all day camp”? Here is the bridge that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association and JDCAC) and the AACT Summer “Play” Camp (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.
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Online registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. (CST). You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
$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           7/25 – 7/29        12 – 1 p.m.           JDCAC
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • mbrown@auburnact.org

AACT Academy Outreach
Part of AACT Academy's mission is to offer theater opportunities for young actors in our community. AACT has also tried to provide theater outreach in other areas. For years we have offered a weekly theater experience for those attending the City of Auburn's Therapeutics camp. To learn about theater is one thing, but to share your love and passion for it takes it to another level. This year we want to open up this amazing opportunity to the teens in our area. You do not need to have ANY theater background, just a willingness to wake up early on a summer day, and share your joy of life with others! You need to be able to attend at least 4 of the 7 sessions. Space is limited and you must sign up at auburnact.org. There will be two training/planning meetings before we begin in June, date/time TBD. FREE.
You can get more information and access the registration site by visiting www.auburnact.org.
Age(s)              Day(s)                 Date(s)               Time                               Location
12 – 18             R                          7/25 – 7/29       8:30 – 9:30 a.m.            Drake Middle School Gym
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • mbrown@auburnact.org