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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham


REGISTRATION for winter classes opens on december 1st, 2023 at 10am!

Durham Arts Council offers classes in visual and performing arts for all ages including drawing, painting, pottery, photography, graphic design, music, dance, theater and more!
Registration for Spring classes opens February 16th, 2024, at 10am.

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Registering for Classes

Register online by clicking here.  

 your completed registration form with your Mastercard or Visa information or a check (payable to Durham Arts Council) to: Registrar; Durham Arts Council, Inc.; 120 Morris St; Durham, NC 27701-3242.

Fax-in your registration form to 919-560-2725.

Phone-in registration is accepted with a VISA or Mastercard between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday–Friday. Call 919-560-2726. (Not available for camps.)

Walk-in registration is between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday–Friday in the Education Office, located on the main floor in the Durham Arts Council building. 

Register early! Many courses fill quickly so we urge you to register early. Enrollment is guaranteed only by payment of your course fee and space availability.

Only registered students are permitted in class. You must be registered in a class in order to attend a class. 


We do NOT send confirmations for these courses. Unless notified by the Education Office, students who have registered should assume that their course will meet as scheduled.

Installments Plans for Classes 

Automatic installments of two equal credit card payments are available on the registration form. Installments are not available for 1- or 2-day workshops or courses costing less than $100. The first payment is due upon registration and the second payment is charged to your account 5 days prior to the first class meeting. A credit card must be used and kept on file for multiple payments.

Senior Discount

Students age 65 and older are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition.  This excludes individual music lessons.  Please call 919-560-2726 if you qualify for a senior discount. 

Class Cancellation, Withdrawal And Refund Policy

Enrollment is limited in our courses and workshops and your participation is important to us. Once you have enrolled, we are counting on you to attend. If DAC cancels a course you will receive a full refund. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. Students will be contacted by email for class cancellations. A Participant wishing to withdraw from a class that has not been cancelled by DAC must provide a written request at least one week before the scheduled start of the class. Please email They may receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee per participant per class. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. Within the week prior to the start of a class or after a class has begun, refunds or credits will not be given. In the case of verified medical/hardships a credit may be given. DAC must be contacted in writing before the course ends for a credit to be considered for a verified medical hardship. Any credit you receive from DAC will be valid for one year from the date you notify us and must be used by someone on the same account as original registrant. DAC will not extend credit or provide make up classes for occasional classes missed due to illness or other circumstances.

Instructor Substitutions

DAC School tries to schedule instructors well in advance of each term. On occasion, unforeseen circumstances require DAC to substitute instructors. The substitution of an instructor does not qualify you for a refund.


Classes and Camps — Youth

Partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, student interest and available funds. Applicants must complete and return a scholarship request and registration form at least two weeks prior to the first class. Candidates will be notified by email. Scholarships for DAC School and camps are generously provided by a grant from the Fox Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Timmins Summer Scholarship Endowment, Wind Point Foundation, Sheetz, and individual donors. Please call our office for more information at 919-560-2726.

Visual Arts — Youth + Adults

Partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, student interest and available funds. These scholarships are available thanks to the Arlene Hyman Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 following her passing. The fund is intended to help others — whether children or adults — discover or advance their love of the visual arts. Arlene Hyman, always a lover of the arts, was a member of the Pastel Societies of New Jersey and North Carolina and her work had been juried into numerous exhibitions. After relocating to Chapel Hill in 2011, Arlene continued her studies at the Durham Arts Council and elsewhere in the region. Please call our office for more information at 919-560-2726.

Music Lessons — Youth

The Durham Arts Council is pleased to be able to provide partial scholarships through the Andrew Goodridge Music Scholarship Fund for students based on financial need and the desire to pursue music education. Andrew Goodridge was a life-long lover of the arts; as an all-state trombonist in his Connecticut high school,a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English and Poetry, a published poet in North Carolina, and an amateur actor here in Durham. His love of children and his joy and exuberance in life and the creative process make DAC a natural place to carry on his legacy. The Fund, created in his memory to support the DAC School Scholarship program, is a gift from his parents, Jane and George, and his sisters, Ellen and Carolyn. Additional contributions to this fund are always welcome. Please call our office for more information at 560-2726.

Teach at the DAC School

DAC School is always seeking new talented instructors. DAC School’s contracted instructors enjoy teaching in beautiful and well-equipped studio spaces and share with DAC a 50/50 split of all revenues collected per class. Classes take place during the day, in the evening hours and on the weekends.
You may propose a course at any time during the year. Just complete the Course Proposal Form. If you are new to DAC School, contact Amanda Miller, DAC School Director, at to schedule an interview. A copy of your resume with references will be required with your course proposal.

Call (919) 560-2726 for further information or email Amanda Miller, DAC School Director, at

Clay Studio

120 Morris St.
Durham, NC 27701



Questions about classes?

Janet Bell

Assistant School Manager + Registrar