Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

Sara Hand Custer

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

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

For information on the 17th Annual Holiday Art Sale please visit this link.

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center Renovation and Expansion

The JDCAC is currently under construction undergoing an expansion of approximately 8,000 square-feet to accommodate classes for diverse dance disciplines as well as the Dean Road Ceramics Studio by providing needed studio, classroom, and gallery space. The interior of the existing building, including the dressing room, storage area, and office will be reconfigured. Improvements to the existing building will include renovating the restrooms, doorways, kitchen, dressing room, and main entrance. A new sidewalk will be constructed along the front of the facility. Additional parking will be constructed along East Drake Avenue, the existing building will receive roof repairs and roller shades will be installed. Relocating the ceramics studio to the Arts Center will free up space at Dean Road for therapeutics programs, as well as social and recreational activities designed for special needs residents. The project is part of the City of Auburn's Parks‚ Recreation‚ & Culture Master Plan. The project is anticipated to be completed by Jan. 2024.

Who We Are

The 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 Annual Events

Auburn CityFest

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk

Ho Ho Ho Hike and Holiday Celebration

Holiday Art Sale

Auburn-Opelika Empty Bowls

Day In Clay

Cultural Calendar

Fall Sundown Concert Series | Thursdays, Sept. 21 & 28, Oct. 5 & 19 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Kiesel Park | FREE and open to the public!

Auburn Area Community Theatre Jr. Performers Present "Winnie the Pooh" | Oct. 11, 12 & 13 at 6:30 p.m. | Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. | Grace United Methodist Church located at 915 E. Glenn Ave. | For more info. or to purchase  visit

Auburn Area Community Theatre Presents "The Twisted Tales of Poe," A Staged Radio Drama by Philip Grecian | Oct. 26 - 28 at 6:30 p.m. | Location to be announced | For more info. or to purchase tickets, visit

Downtown Trick-Or-Treat | Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m. | Downtown Auburn | FREE and open to the public!

17th Annual Holiday Art Sale | Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Frank Brown Recreation Center & Harris Center | FREE and open to the public! | Artist applications will be available via MyRec beginning Monday, Oct. 2 | A limited number of exhibition spaces are available, so be sure to submit your application online. | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email:

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