The Durango Arts Center strives to provide excellent art instruction in a cooperative and inspiring learning environment. In addition to the array of visual arts opportunities held in our fully equipped Education Studio, DAC also offers exciting workshops in the performing arts and theater.
DAC offers year-round educational programs in the visual and performing arts, featuring classes, artist lectures and workshops for teens, adults, and children as young as two years of age in DAC’s Education Studio and in local schools. Durango Arts Center programs curriculum correlates with Local, State and National Education Standards in CO and NM.
For more information on youth or adult visual arts education, please contact Education Coordinator, Sandra Butler at email@example.com or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 15.
For more information on youth or adult performing arts education, please contact Artistic Director and Theater Manager, Theresa Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 17.
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Key Educational Programs
- GOAL: DAC’s summer educational activities also include the Girls Opportunity for Art and Leadership (GOAL) two-week intensive summer camp designed for girls in sixth through ninth grades. Since 2003, the program has supported youth skill development in the arts while encouraging the process of self-inquiry, self-expression and leadership.
- Arts in the Schools: An educational program for children K-5th grade, is done in the classroom as a presentation of an artist’s work followed by the docent guiding the children to develop an art project that reflects the featured artist.
- After School Art Program: The After School Art program started as ‘Arts Force’ in 1991 as a partnership between Durango Arts Center and 9-R school district in Durango. DAC has since continued the program by offering art classes in six elementary schools once a week throughout the school year. The After School Art program was created to cultivate children’s individual creativity through visual arts, writing, and drama. The arts are a universal language that is essential to the development of creative thinking, self-expression, and problem solving. The arts strengthen self-confidence, aesthetic awareness, sensitivity, and the ability for better self-understanding. The arts teach honesty, kindness, compassion, respect, responsibility, and what it means to be human.DAC maintains a high quality program with teaching artists that are educated in and enthusiastic about the arts. Class size is limited to 12 students to ensure personalized attention. We concur with State of Colorado education standards when planning our innovative and fun projects.Cost for the After School Art program is $10. per class. DAC writes grants to offer scholarships. No student is ever turned away for financial reasons. In the school year 2012-13, DAC gave 28 scholarships in the amount of $1957.50 in the 9-R school district thanks to grants from Durango Friends of the Arts.
- DAC Docents: The DAC’s Docent Program allows volunteers to share their passion of the arts with children through 2 different programs. Docents conduct student tours, providing an orientation to gallery behavior that helps children gain a level of comfort in attending gallery exhibits and develop a love of experiencing art to last throughout their life.