Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer


  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: [email protected]

Welcome to the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center!
Your cultural community resource for creativity and education in the visual and performing arts.

Who We Are

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) offers many opportunities in the Auburn area to experience the visual and performing arts, entertain innovative ideas, develop new talent and experience everything cultural our community has to offer. There are classes and workshops for all ages, art exhibits in our gallery, community theatre performances, art education programs and special events held throughout the year that bring our cultural community together.

In 1999, the JDCAC was constructed as a multi-use facility to better serve the artistic needs of our community and provide residents and visitors with cultural programming, as well art exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, dance recitals, lectures and workshops and special events. The facility offers an art gallery, children's gallery, performance room, two art studios, and a conference room. The JDCAC is also available for rental and has been the site of many birthday celebrations, showers, workshops, and arts related events.

In addition to supporting local artists and performers, the JDCAC has developed a strong culture of collaboration, partnering with the Auburn Arts Association, Auburn Area Community Theatre, Auburn Community Orchestra, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and other organizations by providing fundraising assistance, studio and meeting space, exhibition opportunities, technical support and publicity.

Our Mission

To inspire and enrich our community by offering exceptional classes, performances, visual arts exhibits and special events.

The JDCAC meets its mission by presenting programs in visual, literary and performing arts in the Auburn area.

Explore to find out more!

Auburn Arts Association - Art Gallery

Auburn Area Community Theatre

Auburn Community Orchestra

Cultural Arts Programs

Dean Road Ceramics Studio

JDCAC Summer Camps

JDCAC Newsletter

JDCAC Annual Events

Auburn CityFest

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk

Polar Express Holiday Celebration

Holiday Art Sale

Empty Bowls

Cultural Calendar

Auburn - Opelika Empty Bowls event | Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. |  | Denson Drive Recreation Center | Tickets can be purchased for a $10 minimum donation payable to the Food Bank of East Alabama | For more info. or to purchase tickets, contact Lila Stone, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email at [email protected]

yART Sale | Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. | A creative spin on the traditional yard sale. This Auburn Arts Association fundraiser will feature unusual items and quirky treasures. | JDCAC | FREE and open to the public | For more info., call (334) 501-2963.

Auburn Community Orchestra presents The Second Seasonal Concert | Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. | Auburn United Methodist Church | FREE and open to the public | For more info., call (334) 501-2963.

AACT Young Performers Present High School Musical, Jr. | Feb. 28, 29, March 2 & 5 - 7 at 6:30 p.m. | Feb. 29 and March 7 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | Buy tickets at

16th Annual Auburn CityFest Juried Art Show and Preview Reception | Thursday, April 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | FREE and open to the public | To enter, download an application at

20th Annual Auburn CityFest | Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | FREE and open to the public |

AACT Presents Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike  | May 8, 9 & 14 - 16 at 7 p.m. | May 10 & 17 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | Buy tickets at

Make sure to check out everything happening in the Auburn and Opelika area and visit Auburn-Opelika Tourism's calendar of events.