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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! 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 Annual Events

Auburn CityFest

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk

Polar Express Holiday Celebration

Holiday Art Sale

Auburn-Opelika Empty Bowls

Day In Clay

Cultural Calendar

Fall Invitational 2022: Acquisitions
Remembrance: Hugh O. Williams

Sept. 21 thru Oct. 27 | Drop-in reception Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2 - 6 p.m. 
This special exhibition presents a selection of "Wire Drawings" by the late Hugh Oliver Williams. The works include large drawings on paper and large three-dimensional wire pieces. The wire sculptures originally hung on the exterior walls of the artist’s studio on Moore’s Mill Road in Auburn. Also on view are several large watercolor paintings from 1990 and small watercolors from Hugh’s earlier “Taos: Navajo Lines“ series. | FREE and open to the public | For more info., call JDCAC at (334) 501-2963.

AACT Jr. Performers Present Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach, Jr." | Oct. 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 & 14 at 6:30 p.m. | Oct. 8 & 15 at 4 p.m. | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit auburnact.org.

yART Sale | Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 - 2 p.m. | JDCAC | A creative spin on the traditional yard sale. This Auburn Arts Association fundraiser will feature art, art supplies, books, unusual items and quirky treasures. | FREE and open to the public | For more info, call JDCAC at (334) 501-2963.

16 Annual Holiday Art Sale | Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | JDCAC, Harris Center & Frank Brown Recreation Center | FREE and open to the public | Artist vendor applications available Oct. 3 at auburnalabama.org/arts | A limited number of exhibition spaces are available, so be sure submit your application online. | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

HoHoHo Hike and Holiday Celebration | Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | $15 per person (adults must have a ticket); children under the age of 24 months are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. | Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1, and are available online ONLY by visiting http://auburn.edu/preserve | For more info., call JDCAC at (334) 501-2963.

Holiday Floral Workshop | Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. | Dean Road Ceramics Studio | In this workshop, we will have everything you need to make a fresh greenery wreath or table top flower box. Skilled artisans will guide you each step of the way. Both natural and artificial items will be available to decorate your wreath. | $45 per person | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

Collage Workshop | Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. | Dean Road Ceramics Studio | Learn the basic techniques of mixed-media collage during this expressive and exploratory class that will guide you through creating a work of art rich with texture and colorful layers. You’ll explore working with supplies such as patterned papers, paints and texture mediums while you create a unique and meaningful artwork. | $30 per person | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

Auburn -Opelika Empty Bowls to Benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama | Saturday, March 25 from 5 - 7 p.m. | Auburn's Kiesel Park | As part of an ongoing effort to combat hunger in our area, the City of Auburn's Dean Road Ceramics Studio and the City of Opelika's Denson Drive Recreation Center host the annual event. Each year, the event alternates between Auburn and Opelika. This event will include soup, entertainment, and raffle prizes. | Tickets are $20. Tickets must be purchased online and further information regarding ticket sales will be released at a later date. 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 along with soup and bread. | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email: [email protected]

17th Annual Auburn CityFest Juried Art Show and Preview Reception | Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Historic Nunn-Winston House at Kiesel Park | FREE and open to the public! | Artist applications will be available at auburncityfest.com Jan. 2, 2023.

22nd Annual Auburn CityFest | Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Auburn's Kiesel Park | FREE and open to the public! | auburncityfest.com.

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