Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer


  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
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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


AACT Presents A Christmas Carol | Dec. 10 - 12 at 7 p.m. & Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | Buy tickets at

AACT Young Performers Announces Open Auditions for Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone by Dean Carroll | Dec. 7 & 8 from 4 - 7 p.m. | Callbacks, Dec. 9 from 4 - 7 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info., email Brantley Waller at or Melanie Brown at

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. |  The JDCAC will offer a trail stop along this walk, where they will be handing out free take home Holiday Art Kits to all children. Details about timed entries and tickets starting Dec. 1 | Buy tickets at

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


Empty Bowls to Benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama | Saturday, March 27, 5 - 7 p.m. | Kiesel Park | The Dean Road Ceramics Studio and the Denson Drive Recreation Center will host the 8th annual Auburn-Opelika Empty Bowls. Each year, the event alternates between Auburn and Opelika. This event will include soup, short entertainment segment and raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased at either the Dean Road Ceramics Studio in Auburn or the Denson Drive Recreation Center in Opelika starting in February. Every ticket purchased is a direct donation to the Food Bank of East Alabama. Each ticketholder gets their choice of a handmade bowl created by local artists that will be filled with soup on March 27. For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (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.