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Arts Education at DAC


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 sandra@durangoarts.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 diane@durangoarts.org or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 19.

Cancellation Policy:
The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop if it does not meet minimum enrollment. For a student to cancel a class or workshop and receive a refund, contact the Durango Arts Center 10 days before start of class or workshop. If the 10 day notice is given, the DAC will refund your payment less a 15% registration fee based on the tuition. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations made 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. Please contact Diane Panelli if you have questions for cancellations with performing arts and contact Sandra Butler with questions for visual arts class cancellations.

Find Art Classes By Category


Summer Arts Camps – Register NOW!

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Visual Arts Education for Youth

Young artist visual collage created at the Durango Arts Center which provide great art classes for kids. Look for our rotating shows to see more works like this in our art gallery

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DAC Applause! Performing Arts Education for Youth

Collage of kids in our performing arts and theatre classes. Check for theater tickets for our next shows.

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Contemporary Visual Arts Classes & Workshops for Adults

Collage of our adult Contemporary artists artwork showing the best of modern art in Durango. Visit our galerie d art to see all of their art for sale.

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Performing Arts Adult Education

Collage of the performing arts. Durango Arts Center has great local theatre that will entrance you to buy theater tickets to our next show!

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After School Art for Kids Program

Collage of our after school art for kids classes. We provide the best art classes for kids in Durango. Help develop your child into the artist they were born to be.

DAC Docent Art Program 

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Key Educational Programs

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  • NEW: DAC Gallery Activity Guide 
  • GOAL: Art For Kids!!!!  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:  Durango Arts has the best art classes for kids. 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 and artists to last throughout their life.