Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

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Parks and Recreation

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 (JDCAC)! Your cultural community resource for creativity and education in the visual and performing arts.

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center Renovation and Expansion

The JDCAC  reopened in March following renovations and an expansion after a significant expansion project, creating more space for programming and the relocation of Parks and Recreation's Ceramics Studio. Read all about it in the March issue of Open Line. Sign up for one of our many arts programs or attend an upcoming event to see the new space!

Who We Are

The JDCAC offers the Auburn community opportunities to experience visual and performing arts, entertain innovative ideas, develop new talent and experience culture. There are classes and workshops, art exhibits, theatre performances, art education programs and special events that bring our community together. The facility offers a new ceramics studio, dance studio, art gallery, and community gallery along with newly renovated art studios, a black box performance room and a multipurpose conference room. The JDCAC is also available for rent. The JDCAC has developed a strong culture of collaboration, partnering with several local organizations, which you can learn more about below.

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.

Become an Instructor

Share your passion with the community by becoming a contract instructor!

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JDCAC Annual Events

Cultural Calendar

The Summer Show: Black & White + 1 | An invitational exhibition featuring works in a variety of media limited to the use of black, white and one specific color. | The exhibition can be viewed thru Aug. 24. with a reception on Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Auburn Area Community Theatre Presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" | Aug. 9 - 10 & 15 - 17 at 7 p.m. | Aug. 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit

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