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 is currently under construction undergoing an expansion of approximately 8,000 square-feet to accommodate classes for diverse dance disciplines as well as the Dean Road Ceramics Studio by providing needed studio, classroom, and gallery space. The interior of the existing building, including the dressing room, storage area, and office will be reconfigured. Improvements to the existing building will include renovating the restrooms, doorways, kitchen, dressing room, and main entrance. A new sidewalk will be constructed along the front of the facility. Additional parking will be constructed along East Drake Avenue, the existing building will receive roof repairs and roller shades will be installed. Relocating the ceramics studio to the Arts Center will free up space at Dean Road for therapeutics programs, as well as social and recreational activities designed for special needs residents. The project is part of the City of Auburn's Parks‚ Recreation‚ & Culture Master Plan. The project is anticipated to be completed by Jan. 2024.
Who We Are
The 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.
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.
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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
SummerNight Downtown Art Walk
Ho Ho Ho Hike and Holiday Celebration
Holiday Art Sale
Auburn-Opelika Empty Bowls
Day In Clay
23rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition Call for Entries | A competitive exhibition open to area artists. All art mediums except photography are eligible for submission. | Entries due at the JDCAC at a date to be determined in Feb. | For more info. and to register, click HERE.
Auburn Community Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert | Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. | Auburn United Methodist Church | FREE and open to the public!
Ho Ho Ho Hike and Holiday Celebration | Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | The event is sold out!
Auburn Area Community Theatre Presents A Holiday Walk in the Woods | Dec. 15 and 16 | Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | In the spirit of unity and peace, this event is back with small group tours through the piney winter woods with performances, enchanting decorations, sweet treats and nature art projects. | Details about timed entries and tickets at auburnact.org.
Auburn Area Community Theatre Young Performers Present "Miss Nelson is Missing," the story of a teacher that can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, the kids will do anything to bring her back! Laughter and action for all ages guaranteed. | Feb. 22 - 24 at TBD | Traveling AACTors Show Feb. 27 at Boykin Community Center | March 1 - 3 at TBD | For more info. or to purchase tickets, visit auburnact.org.
Auburn Area Community Theatre Adults Announce Open Auditions for "The Games' Afoot" | Feb. 19 & 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Callbacks Feb. 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | JDCAC | Set, props, and other volunteers are also welcome to come to auditions. | For more info., visit auburnact.org.
JDCAC Day in Clay | Saturday, March 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. | The JDCAC Ceramics Studio will host a one day open house where adults and children can tour the studio and create a clay project | Clay projects taught at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. | Participants must pre-register on MyRec to reserve a spot | $10 per participant | For more info., call (334) 501-2944.
Auburn Area Community Theatre Presents The Games' Afoot | May 10, 11 & 16 - 18 at 7 p.m. | May 12 & 19 at 2 p.m. | JDCAC | For more info. or to buy tickets, visit auburnact.org.
Auburn -Opelika Empty Bowls to Benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama | Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Denson Drive Ceramics Studio | As part of an ongoing effort to combat hunger in our area, the City of Auburn and City of Opelika host the annual event. Each year, the event alternates between Auburn and Opelika. The event will include soup, entertainment, and raffle prizes. | 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., visit 4emptybowls.com.
Auburn Area Community Theatre Adults Announce Open Auditions for "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" | April 22 & April 23 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Callbacks April 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | JDCAC | Set, props, and other volunteers are also welcome to come to auditions. | For more info., visit auburnact.org.
18th Annual Auburn CityFest Juried Art Show and Preview Reception | Thursday, April 25, 2024 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., 2024.
23rd Annual Auburn CityFest | Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Kiesel Park | FREE and open to the public! For more info., visit auburncityfest.com.
18th Annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk | Friday, June 7 from 6 - 10 p.m. | Downtown Auburn Entertainment District Event | FREE and open to the public! | auburnsummernight.org.
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 auburnact.org.
Make sure to check out everything happening in the Auburn and Opelika area and visit Auburn-Opelika Tourism's calendar of events.