Policies & Procedures


The Durango Arts Center accepts cash, checks (made out to: “DAC” or “Durango Arts Center”), and VISA or MasterCard for payment of workshops.  DAC only sends confirmation of enrollment after registration is complete. DAC may decline an individual’s request to enroll in classes or participate in programs when necessary.


DAC Members receive a discount on most all classes. Annual membership to DAC starts at just $40 per year, and $75 for families.  Membership discounts are automatically applied during registration.


DAC requires an Emergency and Photo Release form be completed by all parents/guardians of students ages 18 and under.  This form must be completed and returned prior to or ON the first day of class.


In the case of an unexpected or short notice Teacher absence, DAC reserves the right to find a substitute teacher to take over scheduled class period, or cancel class and offer a make-up class at the end of the session. Refunds will not be issued if a student cannot attend the make-up class.


[IF DAC CANCELS:] The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop if it does not meet minimum enrollment. Once a class has begun, DAC reserves the right to cancel individual classes due to unavoidable circumstances, including inclement weather. Every attempt will be made to schedule a make up session as a substitute for any cancellations made by DAC. DAC reserves the right to hire a substitute teacher when necessary.

[IF A STUDENT CANCELS/WITHDRAWS/NO-SHOWS:] For a student to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, contact DAC at least 10 days prior to the class start date. If the 10 day notice is given, DAC will refund your payment less a 15% registration fee based on the tuition. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations made by a student within 10 days of the start of the class or workshop.  If you register for a class or workshop within the 10 day period, you will receive no refund for cancellation.

Refunds and make-ups will not be given for student absences due to personal schedule conflicts.

Please contact Sandra Butler with questions about class cancellations.


The Durango Arts Center offers need-based scholarships to those who demonstrate a financial need and an interest in the arts. While other factors may be taken into consideration, scholarships are primarily assigned on the basis of financial need.

DAC is able to disburse an average of $17,000 in tuition assistance each year thanks to generous individuals and support from the Ballantine Family Fund, Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest ColoradoDurango Education FoundationDurango Friends of the ArtsDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RailroadIntelligent Investment Management and Martin Family Fund.

DAC has a very limited amount of scholarship funds available for adult students.

Scholarship applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis until funds are dispersed. For more info, see the policies on the application form.

  • CHILDREN & YOUTH SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, INCL. VISUAL ART AND APPLAUSE PERFORMING ART CAMPS: The 2017 Summer Camp Scholarship Form is now online through DAC’s Submittable webpage.
    • You may also download the scholarship form, or stop by DAC (802 E 2nd Avenue) to retrieve a paper copy, available in the first floor Box Office.
    • In assessing scholarship requests, DAC ask that your child submit either a written paragraph or drawing that describes why they are interested in attending this DAC summer camp that will be shared with our generous scholarship donors.  Honoring confidentiality, child names will be withheld – this information will be shared with donors to further illustrate the impact of their funding.
    • Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be notified regarding the level of scholarship support DAC can provide to assist with your child’s Summer Camp experience.

Scholarships will be collected until the deadline date, after which all scholarships will be viewed collectively. Please visit our website or call for current deadlines.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are dispersed.

Payment Procedures
Scholarships cover tuition only. Recipients may be responsible for paying the balance of tuition in addition to the required membership fee and in some cases, supply fees that are associated with the class. Registration must be finalized and balance must be paid within one week of notice. Failure to do so will result in loss of scholarship and space in the class will not be held.

Registration Policies
Scholarships awards (and scholarship application materials) cannot be transferred from one class to another, except with express permission from the Education Director. Scholarships cannot be transferred between semesters.