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.

Sidewalk Chalk Challenge underway!

The 2nd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Challenge is back! This summer, JDCAC and the Auburn Arts Association challenge the Auburn community to see how their favorite work inspires them to create a masterpiece of their own, but out of sidewalk chalk. Fill out your application HERE and email it along with a photo of your work to Art Education Specialist, Emillie Dombrowski, at For more info, view the press release.


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

Day In Clay

Cultural Calendar

Online registration for Art Camps at JDCAC and AACT Theatre Camps is going on now!

Summer Film Series - The Gogue Performing Arts Center and JDCAC present Summer Film Series! Join us at the Amphitheatre at the City of Auburn Lawn and Porch for free outdoor screenings of Disney’s live-action “Cinderella” on Thursday, June 17 and Pixar’s animated favorite “Ratatouille” on Thursday, July 15. Movie-themed art activities with the Jule Collins Smith Museum and JDCAC. FREE and open to the public. For more info, see the press release.

Dean Road Ceramics Studio hosts Day In Clay! - The Dean Road Ceramics Studio will host the 10th Annual Day in Clay open house on Saturday, June 26th from 1 - 4 p.m. at their studio, located inside the Dean Road Recreation Center, 307 South Dean Road. There will be adult and kids classes held at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. For more info., see press release.

AACT Presents End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer - Aug. 19 - 21 at 7 p.m. | Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | 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.