JDCAC Summer Camps

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
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Another Successful Summer of Camps at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center!

This summer, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) was filled with creativity and imagination as children of all ages, participated in dance, special interest, theatre and visual arts camps. These camps created an opportunity for children to engage in educational activities while having a great time!

Art Camps, created by Chichi Lovett, retired AU art professor, and coordinated by Cindy Davino and Sara Hand Custer, focused on a variety of age appropriate classes taught by area artists, art educators and guest artists. Art camps continue to grow and thrive each year with the help of our amazing instructors and assistants. Visual Arts Workshops for Children and Art for Young Children provided students with engaging art education activities that exposed them to different mediums and techniques while learning about artists, art forms and diverse cultures, past and present. A special thank you goes to the Auburn Arts Association for their continued support of Auburn’s community arts programs.

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) had an active summer, striving to make children’s theatre essential to our arts community. Musical Theatre Camps and the Summer Intensive Acting Camps were once again a huge success and taught children the elements of stage movement, voice, dance and much more. New this year was Summer “Play” where young actors were able to go through the whole process of producing a play. AACT brings dynamic theatre opportunities throughout the school year so make sure to visit for opportunities to audition for their fall and spring children’s productions.

Joy’s Music and Singing Summer Camps taught music appreciation and brought singing skills to the next level while having fun was once again a success after its third year. Tiny Dancer Workshops, hosted by Auburn Danceworks, encouraged children to express themselves creatively while learning and practicing ballet, dance, theatre and art techniques. Superhero Training Camp and Science Camp provided superhero identities and ingenuity through science experiments. Chess Camps, hosted by the Knight School Chess Academy, was widely popular and included daily puzzler’s tactics and lessons for children of all ages. Robotics Camp focused of the STEAM curriculum and taught students how to build and keep their very own robotic Skittles sorter while learning principles of mechanical, electrical and software engineering

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center would like to thank Cindy Davino and Sara Hand Custer; our instructors and volunteers; the Auburn Arts Association; Melanie Brown, Musical Theatre and Summer Intensive Acting Camp Director; Auburn Area Community Theatre; Joy Xu, Music and Singing Camp Director; Cindy and Kelly Davino, Tiny Dancer Workshop Directors; Summer Williams, Superhero Training and Science Camps Director; Davis Talley, Chess Camp Director; Nathan Loden and Randall Stoves, Robotics Camp Directors; and, all participating instructors and volunteers. These camps would not have been possible without their hard work.

Interested in participating in future camps as an instructor, volunteer or participant? Contact the JDCAC at 334.501.2963. Planning for summer 2020 camps will begin in Jan. 2020. Come join the excitement in Auburn's art community today and make a difference for the younger generation’s future!