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The ACA Extends Application Deadline for “The Project” Summer Arts Camp Program Amid Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA) announced today that they will extend the application deadline for “The Project” Summer Arts Camp Program to Friday, April 20, by 5:00 pm CST.

“During this challenging time, we want students to focus on staying healthy and safe while spending time with their families,” commented Jax Vadney, Assistant Professor of Drama and Theater Arts at Athens State University. “We are in unfamiliar territory with the COVID-19 pandemic and do not want students to feel pressured with getting their applications in before the quickly approaching deadline, which is why we felt the extension was necessary” added Vadney.

Returning for its second consecutive year to the ACA, ‘The Project’ is a FREE, fun two-week intensive summer arts camp program that is open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students are encouraged to consider applying to this very unique program as they will gain valuable experience while taking an in-depth look into the world of visual and performing arts through film. Participants will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create and produce a short film, walk the red carpet, and have it shown just as they do in Hollywood during the programs ‘Film Festival’ event which is held on the final day of camp.

“Students that are accepted into the program will work with Calhoun Community College and Athens State University faculty on a collaborative project using all aspects of fine and performing arts skills,” commented Chris Vrenna, Calhoun Music Technology Instructor and former Nine Inch Nails drummer. “Participation in ‘The Project 2020’ will grant participants the opportunity to earn scholarships for attending classes at Calhoun and Athens State,” added Vrenna.

At this time, the health and safety of all participants is our number one priority. We will continue to closely monitor information and important updates from our local media stations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The camp is currently scheduled for June 8 – 19 at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur.

Applications are currently being accepted. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 20 at 5:00 pm CST. Lunch will be provided. For more information on how to apply and application materials please visit:

For additional questions, please contact Jax Vadney at or Chris Vrenna at

About the Alabama Center for the Arts

The Alabama Center for the Arts represents a unique and dynamic partnership between Calhoun Community College, Athens State University, and the City of Decatur. The Center will be a hub for active and engaged creative activity and learning in an inspiring, vibrant, and supportive environment. The Center will serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels through targeted outreach, partnerships, and programs. As a key resource and driver for arts activities and education, the Center will enhance the civic and cultural life of the community.

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