Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Facilities

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

Online registration for Art Camps at JDCAC and AACT Theatre Camps has started!

Art Camps at JDCAC - Register HERE

Theatre Camps and All Day Arts Experiences - Register HERE

AACT Young Performers Present Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone by Dean Carroll | Feb. 25 - 27, March 1 & March 4 - 6 at 6:30 p.m. | Feb. 27 & March 6 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | Buy tickets at

17th Annual Auburn CityFest Juried Art Show and Preview Reception | Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | FREE and open to the public | To enter, download an application at

21st Annual Auburn CityFest | Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | FREE and open to the public |

AACT to Present Two-for-One Romantic Comedies - Kalamazoo and Check, Please! | May 6 - 8 at 7 p.m. | May 9 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC For more, info., visit

AACT Announces Open Auditions for End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer | June 7 & 8 with callbacks on June 10 | 6 - 8 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info, visit

AACT Presents End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer | Aug. 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 at 7 p.m. | Aug. 15 & 22 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | Buy tickets at

15th Annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk | Friday, June 11 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 |

SummerNight applications are now available! For more info., check out the SummerNight press release.

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