The Durango Arts Center provides excellent adult and youth education in the arts within a cooperative and inspiring learning environment. In addition to the array of contemporary arts opportunities held in our fully equipped Education Studio, DAC also offers exciting performing arts and theatrical workshops in the DAC Theater.
DAC offers year-round educational programs in the contemporary art 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 Contemporary Arts Education, please contact Education Coordinator, Sandra Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 15.
For more information on youth or adult Performing Arts Education, please contact Theatre Assistant Diane Panelli at email@example.com or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 19.
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After School Art for Kids Program
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DAC Docent Art Program
Key Educational Programs
Durango Arts Center Key Education Programs
The Durango Arts Centers’ education program seeks to advance and expand quality arts education, to advocate and raise awareness of the value of arts education, and to deepen and enrich the vitality of our community.
Adult classes and workshops have been offered at DAC continually since we opened the education studio in 2010. Professional teaching artists have offered classes in drawing, painting, collage, pottery, printmaking, papermaking, bookmaking and other less traditional techniques like stitching and encaustics. Theater classes available to adults include acting, scriptwriting, movement, improv and more.
After School Art is an enrichment program that started as ‘Arts Force’ in 1991 in partnership between Durango Arts Center and 9-R school district. We offer high quality classes taught by teaching artists in the visual arts at 5 elementary schools each week throughout the school year. Registrations are limited to 12 students per class in order to offer personal instruction. Scholarships are available to any student that needs assistance.
Creativity Festivity is a celebration of learning through the arts. Art teachers are asked to choose work for an exhibit in the Barbra Conrad Gallery displayed in April. Participants in the exhibit are students from K – 12th grade in and around Durango. Activities during Creativity Festivity include an opening reception for the exhibit, writing contest for 4th and 5th grades and the Durango High School’s annual poetry slam held in the theater.
DAC Applause offers theater arts classes throughout the school year in the Durango Arts Center Theater and dance studio.
- 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 and artists to last throughout their life. CLICK HERE to learn more.
- Arts in the Schools is a FREE educational program for children K-8th grades done in the classrooms. Docents present the work of an artist followed by docent guided art projects that reflect the featured artist.
- 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 and artists to last throughout their life.
DAC Family Activity Guide to explore while visiting the exhibits in the Barbara Conrad Gallery.
Girls’ Opportunities through Art and Leadership (GOAL) was established in 2002 to offer middle school girls opportunities for skill building and problem solving in the areas of identity, creativity, and self-esteem, with an emphasis on art making and artist role models through studio art camp experiences. While developing their artistic skills, the girls learn to use the resources within themselves and in their environment to create a vision for their present and future and to work towards their goals and dreams. GOAL is offered three times a year including a two week summer camp, fall Saturday workshops and a winter camp.
Summer Art Camps are held for children aged 4 to 18 in the visual and performing arts all summer long. Camps include visual arts, musical and non-musical theater and acting workshops.