Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Facilities

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: scuster@auburnalabama.org

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 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.

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

Cultural Arts Programs

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

Fall Invitational: 52 Paintings for 52 Strangers Art Reception | Sept. 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Art Gallery at JDCAC | For more info., call 334.501.2963.

Adventures in Art Exhibition: Works created by 5th grade students from Auburn City Schools. | Through Sept. 17 | Art Gallery II at JDCAC | For more info., call 334.501.2963.

Call for Entries - 20th Annual Juried Art Exhibition | Entries due by Oct. 9 at JDCAC | Juried Art Show Application

Arts on the Hill, an event celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month | Sunday, Sept. 30 from 3 - 5 p.m. | Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities | FREE and open to the public | clacelebrates.org | For more info., call 334.501.2963.


AACT Jr. Performers Present The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr. | Oct. 4 - 6, 8, 11 & 12 at 6:30 p.m. | Oct. 6 &13 at 4 p.m. | Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit auburnact.org.

AACT Presents To Kill A Mockingbird | Nov. 8 - 11 & 15 - 17 at 7 p.m. | Nov. 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit auburnact.org.

Polar Express Holiday Celebration | Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., noon & 2:30 p.m. | JDCAC | Online ticket sales start Nov. 1! | For more info., call 334.501.2963.

12th Annual Holiday Art Sale | Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | JDCAC | FREE and open to the public | Artist Applications available Oct. 8 | For more info., call 334.501.2963.

Empty Bowls | Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5 - 7 p.m. | JDCAC | Tickets go on sale Jan. 28. | For more info., call 334.501.2963.