About the Hardin Center

The Cultural Arts Foundation is a positive reflection of the best interests of our city.

About Us

The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation was founded in May 1984, in order to provide, maintain and operate a cultural arts facility for the citizens of the City of Gadsden, Etowah County and their surrounding communities. It was chartered in response to citizen initiatives, as an independent, non profit organization. The Cultural Arts Foundation is a positive reflection of the best interests of our city.

Our Mission: The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation serves as a hub of community arts.

Our Vision: We enrich our lives, support artistic and cultural progress, affirm individual value and dignity, and promote a sense of well-being for all people.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday: 10 am to 1 pm

Sunday: Closed

The last visitors are admitted 1 hour before closing.

The art exhibitions and the model railroad are closed on weekends.

Announcement Board

We are open!


• Admission to view the art exhibitions and the model railroad is free. Admission for Imagination Place Children’s Museum is $8 for all-day access. Children up to 24 months are free. Free for Members*

• Parents with a valid EBT card receive admission for up to 6 people (adults and children) for $2 per person.

• The Hardin Center does not offer senior, student, or military discounts.

The Hardin Center reciprocates through the ASTC Passport Program. Free admission is granted to Imagination Place Children’s Museum and discounts are usually offered for other exhibitions. Some restrictions and exclusions apply; please call ahead to inquire about current discounts.

Find Us


501 Broad Street

Gadsden, AL 3590

(256) 543-2787

Our entrance and parking are located in the rear of the facility accessible from 5th Street.

Meet Staff

Tom Banks III

Executive Director
ext. 38

Bryce Anderson

EYO Assistant Conductor
ext. 33

Corey Butts

Program Assistant
GYC Administrator

ext. 31

Debbie Boos

EYO Assistant Conductor
ext. 34

Susie Collins

Receptionist / Ticket Sales
ext. 0

Michael R. Gagliardo

EYO Music Director & Conductor
ext. 32

Heather Cothran

Imagination Place Educator
ext. 22

Linze McRae

Director of Dance Studies
ext. 41

Dena Thurmond

Office Manager / Bookkeeper
ext. 29

Bobby Welch

Planned and Major Gifts
ext. 26

Gadsden Community School for the Arts

ext. 21