Welcome to the Auburn Arts Association!

The Auburn Arts Association (AAA) was founded as a non-profit, volunteer, community-based arts organization. It thrives on the mission of “Building Community through the Arts.” The AAA works closely with the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) to provide classes and summer camps in the visual arts, to present exhibitions in the art gallery and to sponsor numerous workshops and events that benefit and enhance the Auburn community’s cultural life.


Due to COVID-19, all City of Auburn facilities will be closed and programming and events will be cancelled through May 15. City services will be provided online and by phone. Questions or needs? Please contact Sara Hand Custer, Cultural Arts Administrator, at (334) 501-2963 or by email: scuster@auburnalabama.org.

COVID-19 Artist Resources

We know that artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses are facing significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAA along with the JDCAC are consistently reviewing local, state and national resources for information relevant to our local and regional artists. We have also provided art education resources for distance learning from home.

The AAA will continue to update this page with information available to our arts community.

On Friday, April 10, the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) received over half a million dollars from National Endowment for the Humanities to directly support Alabama nonprofits who have a demonstrated commitment to public humanities programming. These grants are funded by the CARES Act via NEH. 
It’s time to apply! The AHF CARES Grant Application portal opens Monday, May 4. You will find more information on this link.

Under the CARES Act, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received $75 million to preserve jobs and help support organizations that were forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEA has announced that announced that 40% of the funds will be awarded directly to state and regional arts agencies by April 30 to  distribute through their funding programs; and 60% are allocated for direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations.
The application deadline for the grants was April 22 with the first announcement of grants to be made on June 30. You will find more information on this link.
*If you missed the deadline make sure to apply for the Alabama Humanities Foundation grant (see above).

Arts-Related COVID-19 Informational Sessions and Webinars

ArtsU webinars related to COVID-19: Find free on-demand and live ArtsU webinars that focus on different aspects of COVID-19.

National Arts Action Digital Summit: Registration is open for the first-ever National Arts Action Digital Summit taking place April 27–May 1. There is a free session that focuses on COVID-19.

Resources for Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations

Summary of Federal Emergency Loan Programs Available to Nonprofits

CARES Act Nonprofit Relief Funding Summary

COVID-19: What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now

Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19

National Endowment for the Arts Resource List 

American for the Arts’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

American Association of Community Theatre COVID-19 Response and Resource Roster for Community Theatres

Twenty Summer’s Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

Resources for Art Education – Distance Learning from Home

Art Education and the Coronavirus from the Art of Education University

National Art Education Association

Arts Education Partnership

National Endowment for the Humanities – EDSITEment! Lesson plans, teacher’s guides and student activities

Teaching Tolerance – Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now

Remote Learning Using Artsonia

Incredible Art Department

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge

Art Class Curator

Arts Educators Group

Resources and Funding for Individual Artists

Alabama State Council on the Arts Impact Survey

A Guide to SBA Funding for Individual Artists

Understanding Unemployment Benefits and Paycheck Protection for Freelancers

Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource Site

Visual Artists

How Artists Are Dealing with Coronavirus

Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant application open from April 6 to April 8

Twenty Summer’s Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Artists Fellowship

The Photographer Fund

CERF + (Formerly the Craft Emergency Relief Fund)


DIY Musician: Resources for musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Helping Musicians Track Financial Losses  

Missed Tour – Sells music merch online for artists    

Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund

MusiCares Foundation

Musicians Foundation

Sweet Relief

Theatre Artists

The Actors Fund


American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Dramatists Guild Foundation

Pen America

Government Updates

State of Alabama COVID-19 Resource Page

State of Alabama Dept of Labor COVID-19 Unemployment Resources

For more information about the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center or any upcoming exhibits and events, you can follow the Auburn Arts Association on Facebook as well as visit www.auburnalabama.org/arts.