We were so disappointed that we had to cancel Camp KD this week to follow COVID-19 contact tracing protocols. We are preparing art kits and online instructional videos for those families that would like to provide their children with some awesome art activities in lieu of in -person art camp. Check back here to see when the kits and videos are available.

ARTIST GATHERING #6 – An evening of poetry and music at Kennedy – Douglass on Saturday, July 11th

Artists and art lovers are invited to an outdoor happening in the Sculpture Garden at Kennedy – Douglass Art Center. Local artists will share their work through poetry reading and music. All attendees are encouraged to wear masks and welcome to dress in costume. This edition of the Artist Gathering is about breaking out from isolation with creativity and safety for the renewal of our community. We recognize the need for coming together, while taking extra precautions to keep each other safe. Rivertown Cafe will be serving light fare, with vegetarian options.

CAMP KD is accepting applications for our Summer Arts Program for children grades 1-6

We invite you to join our summer arts program for children: CAMP KD!

We will be taking great care to provide a safe learning environment for your children grades 1-6, each session will be limited to 15 students, with groups of 5 students per teacher and class room, and as much use of our beautiful outdoor spaces as weather allows.

We are offering two 5-day sessions:



Grades 1-3 meet from 9am -11am /// Grades 4-6 meet from noon – 2pm

Tuition for first child is $50 per Session, each additional child is $45.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 29th.

You may pick up an application form at Kennedy-Douglass from 9am-4pm daily, Monday-Friday.


You can access the online application by clicking on the link below:

Helter Shelter: Art in Isolation

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is now open to the public during our regular hours. A community art show featuring art made during quarantine is showing in both the Main and Annex galleries. Over fifty artists contributed to the exhibit which will be on display until July 6th.

HELTER SHELTER: Art in Isolation


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is accepting artwork submissions for a community art show that will be the Art Center’s first exhibit upon reopening.FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION FORM. The exhibit opening is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd. The Helter Shelter exhibit will be centered around making art in isolation; we are asking artists to submit artwork created while sheltering at home that responds to their experience of social isolation. 

We will be accepting artwork in the following mediums:

2D: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Collage, Printing and Textile/Fiber

3D: Sculpture, Mixed Media,Clay, Wood and Mobile

Artwork Submissions accepted: 5 pm, 04/28/20 5 pm, 05/20/20

ArtworkSubmissions deadline: 5 pm, 05/20/20

Tentative exhibit opening: 06/02/20

If you have questions regarding this exhibit you can email your inquiries here:


Current exhibit: Artistic Renderings of Youth

Artistic Renderings of Youth, a juried exhibit of work by 7th through 12th grade artists from Colbert and Lauderdale counties, is on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts through March 27th. Celebrating its 29th year, this exhibit has developed into an outstanding showcase of youth art.  

March is nationally recognized as Youth Art Month.  This exhibit provides an opportunity for the community to discover the young artistic talent in our area. The competition is coordinated by a group of junior high and high school art teachers to give students a chance to exhibit their art work and receive recognition for their talent.  This year close to 300 pieces representing 15 different schools were accepted and exhibited. Ribbons are awarded in three grade divisions: Division 1: 7th and 8th grades, Division2: 9th and 10th grades, and Division 3: 11th and 12th grades.

The exhibit is open daily, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.


“MY ALABAMA” John Dersham Photographs a State

John Dersham’s most recent collection of Alabama landscape photographs are on display from January 15th through February 19th in the Kennedy-Douglass Annex gallery. The My Alabama exhibit reveals the spectacular beauty found within the state’s rich biodiversity, complex river systems, forests, roads, and streetscapes. Mr. Dersham will be teaching a two-part workshop “TAKING BETTER PICTURES: COMPOSITION, LIGHTING AND IMPACT” comprised of a presentation on Friday evening, January 31st, 6 – 8:30PM and a hands-on downtown photo shoot on Saturday, February 1st, 7:30AM – 1PM. 

Photo credit: John Dersham



CREATIVE SPIRIT : Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks

Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts welcomes ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks. A gallery talk is scheduled for Friday evening, January 17th at 6PM . The exhibit in the Kennedy-Douglass main gallery will be open daily Monday-Friday, 9AM – 4PM from January 14th – February 20th. For information call 256-760-6379 between 9am-4pm.