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.

The Projects of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation are made possible through major support of the City of Gadsden and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Hours of Operation

*The entire facility will be CLOSED May 20-21, 2024 for maintenance*

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 time.

By entering the facility, all visitors grant the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. the right, but not the obligation, to photograph and film their likeness, as well as that of their minor children, for promotional purposes in any and all media now known or hereafter devised in perpetuity throughout the world. 


Announcement Board

We hope you'll visit soon!

*The entire facility will be CLOSED May 20-21, 2024 for maintenance*



• 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, CNE

Executive Director
Certified Nonprofit Executive

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Corey Butts

Programs Coordinator

GCSA Administrator
GYC Administrator
GSO Administrator

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Debbie Boos

EYO Associate Conductor

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Susie Collins

Receptionist / Ticket Sales
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Heather Cothran

Imagination Place
Lead Educator

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Kody Martinez

EYO Assistant Conductor
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Linze McRae

Director of Dance Studies
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Rachel Sherrod

EYO Music Director & Conductor
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Dena Thurmond

Office Manager / Bookkeeper
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Gadsden Community School for the Arts

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