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.

Please visit this LINK to purchase tickets to the 2021 Polar Express Holiday Celebration.

Welcome to the 15th Annual Holiday Art Sale


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

Photo XXII Reception | Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at JDCAC | Annual photography competition featuring works by regional artists and photographers  | FREE and open to the public | Photos on view through Nov. 17 | For more info., contact JDCAC at (334) 501-2963.

AACT Presents All Together Now! | Nov. 12 & 13 at 7 p.m. | Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit
*Auditions Sept. 14 & 16 with callbacks on Sept. 21!

15th Annual Holiday Art Sale | Saturday, Nov. 20 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. 4 at | A limited number of exhibition spaces are available, so be sure to download your application and submit with a $50 booth fee! | For more info., contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at (334) 501-2944 or by email:

Polar Express Holiday Celebration | Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., noon & 2:30 p.m. | JDCAC | Online ticket sales start Nov. 1! | For more info., call JDCAC at (334) 501.2963.

Please visit this LINK to purchase tickets to the 2021 Polar Express Holiday Celebration.

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