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.
WHO WE ARE
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 University / 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.
The JDCAC is an essential resource for creativity and education in the visual and performing arts.
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.
The Art Gallery is coordinated by the Auburn Arts Association (AAA). The AAA, founded in 1982, is a non-profit, volunteer, community-based organization. Their primary objectives are to promote arts education, encourage and support local artists and art initiatives, and to foster community interest and participation in the arts. The AAA works hand-in-hand with the JDCAC to provide classes and summer camps in the visual arts, to present exhibitions in the art gallery, and to sponsor numerous workshops and events that benefit and enhance our community’s cultural life.
Make sure to visit their website at www.auburnarts.org and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AuburnArtsAssociation.
The JDCAC is also home to the Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT). In partnership with the JDCAC, AACT is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for education and participation in the theatre community. AACT presents quality, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre experiences to our cultural community. In addition to theatrical performances, AACT provides a number of workshops and summer camps to area residents.
Make sure to visit their website at www.auburnact.org and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AuburnACT.
The JDCAC works with local arts organizations, museums and galleries, Auburn University, Auburn City Schools and presenters who utilize the center as a place to present performances, exhibitions, offer classes, and collaborate on art education programs and events.