Upcoming Events

Auburn Community Orchestra Fall Concert // Sunday, October 4, 2020, 4 p.m. at Kiesel Park

The Auburn Community Orchestra (ACO) will perform its fall concert at Kiesel Park this year, hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and the Auburn Arts Association. This event will be held on at Kiesel park on Sunday, Oct. 4, beginning at 4 p.m. ACO will perform three brief concerts under the theme of “Keep the Music Going,” hoping to inspire Auburn residents to get out and enjoy their community (from safe distances!) by listening to a beautiful concert carefully and skillfully prepared by a top-tier Auburn music group.

The program features works by Handel, Mozart, Pachelbel, Reicha, Mouret, Dukas, Bliss, Gabrielli, Still, Barthe and the most prolific of composers, A. Nonymous. There will be three brief concert sets with the following ensembles: strings (with harp soloist and horn soloist), woodwinds as well as brass and percussion.

ACO is under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Richard Prior, a native of Great Britain who has been directing and conducting orchestras in Georgia for over 25 years. Under his direction, the community orchestra will provide Auburn residents and visitors an expertly rehearsed and enthusiastically prepared concert at Kiesel Park.

There will be plenty of space for audience members to spread out and enjoy the concert in person. Seating areas will be marked to ensure social distancing. Masks are required entering and exiting the concert or if you leave your designated area. Come out to enjoy a lovely fall evening on the plains!

Harvest Market // Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Town Creek Park

Harvest Market Facebook Event

Join us at Town Creek Park for our Harvest Market on October 24th from 8 – Noon at Town Creek Park. The hint of cooler weather is letting us know that our favorite pumpkin spiced, football season is near. The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center & Auburn Arts Association is excited to be joining the Harvest Market Saturday, October 24, 2020. Along with our City Market fall favorites, Summer Nights Festival artists will be bringing a wide variety of handmade goods along with fall-themed art and décor for purchase. Free Harvest fest art kits will be handed out to children and registration for the free JDCAC 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Competition will be also available. The Auburn Beautification Council will be selling a variety of winter plants, including pansies, snapdragons and decorative cabbage at the Harvest Market. Parking will be available for all market attendees in the gravel parking lot across from Town Creek Park.

*COVID-19 note:
In order to allow the maximum number of community members to visit the market, loitering and social gatherings will not be permitted. We ask that you please purchase your products and promptly exit the parking lot for others to easily access parking spots. Animals will not be allowed to attend the market. High-risk community members and those feeling ill should not attend. Masks are required if you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. We look forward to continuing our City Market season while enforcing social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

JDCAC Pumpkin Competition // October 1st – 30th, 2020, Virtual

It’s time to call in the creative forces of various ghoulish minds out there to compete in the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and Auburn Arts Association (AAA). We’re looking for everything from the spooky to the spoofy, scary or hairy, funny or ghastly! Carvings or paintings can be sculptural, architectural, painterly and very expressive so get CREATIVE! Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this competition. 

Inspired by this past summer event The Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center challenges the Auburn Community to see who can create a masterpiece out of a fall favorite, the pumpkin. We encourage local community members and businesses to create pumpkin masterpieces by carving, painting and thinking outside of the box.

No Entry fee is required and registration is encouraged. Virtual submissions must be sent via email by Tuesday, October 27 Please visit the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition page HERE for more information.

Holiday Art Sale // Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Kiesel Park

The Auburn Arts Association, Auburn Parks & Recreation and the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center will host their 14th annual Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s socially distanced sale will be held at Kiesel Park. Local artists will be selling paintings, pottery, stained glass, photography, cards, jewelry, hats, scarves and much more! If you would like to sell your work, applications will be available on the Auburn Arts Association website homepage beginning Monday, Oct. 5. A limited number of exhibition spaces are available, so be sure to download your application and submit with a $50 booth fee by Friday, Oct. 30! For more information, please contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944.

*COVID-19 note: All Holiday Art Sale visitors must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between one another. All exhibiting artists will follow the state sanitation guidelines regarding outdoor markets:

• Artist booths will maintain a 10-foot distance from one another.

• All artist vendors will wear gloves and/or sanitize as they handle payments. They will also be required to sanitize booth areas as needed.

• Food samples will not be served by culinary artists.

• Face masks are required.

• In order to allow the maximum number of community members to visit the Holiday Art Sale, loitering and social gatherings will not be permitted. We ask that you please purchase your products and promptly exit the parking lot for others to easily access parking spots.

• Animals will not be allowed to attend the market. High-risk community members and those feeling ill should not attend. We look forward to hosting our annual Holiday Art Sale while enforcing social distancing and sanitation guidelines. FREE to the public.

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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.

Visit the Membership section today to find out how you can become part of the Auburn Arts Association and stay up-to-date on all arts events!

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