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

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

Info. on event and program cancellations and facility closures

We know that artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses are facing significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and the Auburn Arts Association are consistently reviewing local, state and national resources for information relevant to our local and regional artists. We have also provided art education resources for distance learning from home. Please visit COVID-19 Artist Resources for a list of resources.


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

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 - An Indian SummerNight Downtown Art Walk | Friday, Sept. 18 from 6 - 10 p.m. in downtown Auburn | Starting Line Party and Parade from 5 - 6 p.m. at Pebble Hill | FREE and open to the public |

Auburn Community Orchestra (ACO) Concert | Sunday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at Kiesel Park | FREE and open to the public | For detailed info., check out the press release.

JDCAC Pumpkin Competition - It's time to call in the creative forces of various ghoulish minds to compete in the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and Auburn Arts Association (AAA). We're looking for everything from the spooky to the spoofy, scary or hairy, funny or ghastly! Carvings, or paintings can be sculptural, architectural, painterly and very expressive so get CREATIVE! Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this competition. Submissions are due by Oct. 27 and winners will be announced Oct. 30. Download an application here. See all guidelines for challenge here. For more info., call Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

Harvest Market | Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at Town Creek Park | The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) & Auburn Arts Association are excited to be joining the Harvest Market. Along with our City Market vendors, SummerNight artists will be bringing a wide variety of handmade goods along with fall-themed art and d├ęcor for purchase. Free Harvest fest art kits will be available to children full of art activities. Registration for the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition will be also available at the Harvest Market. | Artist vendor spaces are full!

14th Annual Holiday Art Sale | Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m | This year's sale will be held at Kiesel Park to allow for social distancing | FREE and open to the public | Artist vendor applications available Oct. 5 at | A limited number of exhibition spaces are available, so be sure to download your application and submit with a $50 booth fee! | For more info., call Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

AACT's Holiday Walk in the Woods at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center | Friday, Dec. 18, 5 - 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 5 - 7:30 p.m.; Rain date Sunday, Dec. 20 | A walking small-group tour through the piney winter woods, with lights, decorations and songs by local talent at stations along the trail. All performances will be family-friendly and highlight the diverse traditions and culture of our community. | Details about timed entries and tickets starting Dec. 1 | 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.