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]

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

JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge - This summer, the JDCAC and the Auburn Arts Association challenges the Auburn community to see who can create a masterpiece out of sidewalk chalk. Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this challenge. Submissions are due by July 26 with judging July 27 and 28 with winners announced on July 29. No entry fee required and registration is encouraged. FREE chalk art kids will be given to participants who register and can be picked up at the JDCAC. Kit giveaways and registration will also take place at Auburn Parks and Recreation's City Market on Saturday, June 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Town Creek Park. Download an application here. See all guidelines for challenge. For more info., call 334.501.2963.

RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 18 - 14th Annual 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 (tentative due to COVID-19) | FREE and open to the public |

CANCELLED11th Annual Day in Clay | Saturday, June 27 from 1 - 4 p.m. | Dean Road Ceramics Studio | One day open house where participants can tour the studio and create a clay project | Clay projects taught at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and you must pre-register at the Harris and reserve a spot | $10 per participant | For more info., call 334.501.2944.

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