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!

Interested in participating in summer camps as an instructor, volunteer or participant? Contact the JDCAC at 334.501.2963. Registration begins May 6. Come join the excitement in Auburn's art community today and make a difference for the younger generation’s future!

NEW! All Day Arts Experience

Looking for an “all day camp?” Here are the bridges that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops for Children (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association) and the AACT Summer Intensive (Provided by Auburn Area Community Theater) to provide your child with an all-day visual and performing arts experience!
You must sign up for the Visual Arts Workshops for Children and the AACT Summer Intensive 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

Art for Young Children

This workshop, created by Chichi Lovett and coordinated by Cindy Davino with assistance from Shelley Shields, will provide pre-school children with a variety of age-appropriate art materials including but not limited to clay, paint and fabric. Classes are taught by area 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 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 6th 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 16. 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          6/25 – 6/27
                       Session II         7/16 – 7/18
Coordinator: Cindy Davino / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.org

Visual Arts Workshops for Children

This workshop, created by Chichi Lovett and coordinated by Cindy Davino with assistance from Shelley Shields, will provide a variety of age appropriate classes are taught by area 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 6th 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 16. 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      7/8 – 7/12
                      Session ll      7/22 – 7/26
Coordinator: Cindy Davino / Auburn Arts Association
Contact: Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center • (334) 501-2963 • scuster@auburnalabama.org

Dance Camps Presented by DanceWorks

Auburn DanceWorks Tiny Dancer Three-Day Workshop

Auburn DanceWorks presents a three-day workshop for young dancers ages 3 & 4 taught by Kelly Davino, B.A. Theater, Auburn University. Students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively while learning and practicing left/right orientation and simple movement skills that are the foundation for ballet techniques (bending, stretching, jumping, turning, leaping, galloping and skipping). Children will dance barefoot and should wear comfortable clothing to move in (shorts & t-shirt, no dresses). Dance dress is acceptable but not necessary. Fees include a tutu skirt for girls (or a tunic for boys) to wear during final demonstration on the last day. All students must be registered at the Harris Center before starting class. *Three year-olds MUST have turned three by March 1st, 2019 and be potty-trained. $45/child. Payable to Auburn DanceWorks first day of class.
Age(s)          Day(s)         Date(s)               Time                  Location
3 & 4            TWR            5/28 – 5/30        10 – 11 a.m.      JDCAC
(Must be potty-trained)
Contact: Cindy Davino • (334) 740-0381 • dcdavino@bellsouth.net
Auburn DanceWorks

Tiny Dancer Five-Day Workshop

Auburn DanceWorks presents a five-day workshop for young dancers ages 3 & 4 taught by Kelly Davino, B.A. Theater, Auburn University. Students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively while learning and practicing left/right orientation and simple movement skills that are the foundation for ballet techniques (bending, stretching, jumping, turning, leaping, galloping and skipping). Children will dance barefoot and should wear comfortable clothing they can move in (shorts & t-shirt, no dresses). Dance dress is acceptable but not necessary. Fees include a tutu skirt for girls (or a tunic for boys) to wear during the final demonstration on the last day. All students must be registered at the Harris Center before starting class. *Three year-olds MUST have turned three by March 1st, 2019 and be potty-trained. $75/child. Payable to Auburn DanceWorks first day of class.

Age(s)      Day(s)           Date(s)              Time                  Location
3 & 4        MTWRF        5/20 – 5/24        10 – 11 a.m.      JDCAC
(Must be potty-trained)
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 Auburn’s Jan Dempsey Community Art Center (JDCAC) this summer. This is a small group class. 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. There will also be a lot of fun! 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). Snacks will be offered. $200/child. Payable to INST first day of camp.
Age(s)          Day(s)            Date(s)          Time                         Location
6 – 12           MTWRF         6/3 – 6/7         9 a.m. – 12 p.m.      JDCAC
*Presentation will be held on Friday June 7 at 11 a.m.
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. MTC Tots and MTC I is $150. MTC II and MTC III are $170/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
3 – 5            MTC Tots       6/10 – 6/14       1 – 3 p.m.                 JDCAC
5 – 7            MTC I             6/10 – 6/14        3:15 – 5:15p.m.       JDCAC
8 – 11          MTC II            6/10 – 6/14        9 a.m. – noon          JDCAC
12 – 18        MTC III           6/10 – 6/14        1 – 4 p.m.                JDCAC
* Parent Presentation Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.
*Friday, June 14 there will be extra rehearsal times (TBA) for everyone to prepare for the Parent Presentation from 5 – 6 p.m. that evening.
*Children must be potty-trained to attend.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

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 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! *ACT Tots is a new class! We will use the same area of focus, but the concepts will be presented at an age appropriate level. 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
3 – 18              MTWRF
                        Session I          6/17 – 6/21     1 – 4 p.m.       JDCAC
                        Session II          7/22 – 7/26    1 – 4 p.m.       JDCAC
* 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 Tots, 3 – 4 (children must be potty-trained); ACT I, 5 – 8; ACT II, 9 – 11; and, ACT III, 12 – 18.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

NEW! 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. $180/child (includes t-shirt, snack and materials to create simple prop and costume pieces). Payable to AACT first day of camp. Sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available.

Age(s)             Day(s)         Date(s)              Time               Location
7 – 12             MTWRF       7/8 – 7/12          1 – 5 p.m.       JDCAC
*Parent presentation will be on Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

NEW! All Day Arts Experience

Looking for an “all day camp?” Here are the bridges that will combine the Visual Arts Workshops for Children (Provided by the Auburn Arts Association) and the AACT Summer Intensive (Provided by Auburn Area Community Theater) to provide your child with an all-day visual and performing arts experience!
You must sign up for the Visual Arts Workshops for Children and the AACT Summer Intensive separately. You can take advantage of either one, or both of the extended hours programs by signing up for what you need.

NEW! BYO Lunch Break!

“BYO Lunch Break” will begin immediately after the Visual Arts Workshop. Each camper must provide their own lunch. After eating the kids will be led in group games, both inside and outside (weather permitting). Digital devices while not banned, will be heavily discouraged. There are no scholarships or sibling discounts available. $25/child. Payable to AACT first day of camp.
Age(s)           Day(s)              Date(s)                Time               Location
3 – 12           MTWRF
                     Session I           6/17 – 6/21         12 – 1 p.m.     JDCAC
                     Session II          7/8 - 7/12            12 - 1 p.m.      JDCAC
                     Session III         7/22 – 7/26         12 – 1 p.m.     JDCAC
Coordinator: Melanie Brown/AACT • (334) 332-6834 • supersugarmel@gmail.com

NEW! After Hours Theater!

After hours theater will begin immediately after the AACT Summer intensive. The kids will participate in theater games and will have an opportunity to explore some of the theater concepts learned that day. There are no sibling discounts or scholarships available. $25/child. Payable to AACT first day of camp.
Age(s)        Day(s)          Date(s)             Time             Location
5 – 12         MTWR
                   Session I      6/17 - 6/21       4 – 5 p.m.    JDCAC
                   Session II     7/22 - 7/26        4 - 5 p.m.     JDCAC
*The AACT Summer “Play” Theater camp goes until 5 p.m. so there is no need for After Hours Theater that week.
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            MTW         6/3, 6/4 & 6/5     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 fun 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           MTW         7/15, 7/16 & 7/17        3 – 5 p.m.           JDCAC
Coordinator: Summer Williams • (334) 329-9361 • winsleycoan@icloud.com

NEW! The Knight School Chess Academy Summer Camp

The Knight School is a nationwide chess party that coaches over 2500 kids every week! These extensive chess camps include daily puzzler’s tactics lessons to earn new colorful wristbands tournaments with Mardi Gras beads on the line…if you sign up for the elementary camp, your elementary campers are welcome to come from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to be an assistant coach for the preschool camp! Pizza will be provided in the 12 – 1 p.m. break! All with an exciting energized spirt contact coach Davis for more info. $200. Payable to INST first day of class
Age(s)      Day(s)         Date(s)           Time                      Location
3 – 5         MTWRF      6/3 – 6/7          9 a.m. - 12 p.m.    JDCAC
5 – 12       MTWRF      6/3 – 6/7         1 – 4 p.m.
Coordinator: Davis Talley • (205) 527-6877 • davis@theknightschool.com