Sertoma Arts Center
Office of Raleigh Arts
Located in the heart of Shelley Lake Park, Sertoma Arts Center is a fun, creative destination for all ages, offering classes and workshops in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, performing arts and more, along with exhibitions, studio spaces, group support and community outreach. Sertoma's outreach partners include the North Carolina Arts Council and Wake County Public Schools.
Hours, Location and Contact Information
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 10pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
Hours are subject to change. Please call if you have questions regarding hours of operation, holidays, class make-up/cancellations or inclement weather.
1400 West Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
Programs and Workshops
Ages 16 and up can enroll in Adult classes unless otherwise specified.
All participants must comply with the studio rules, regulations and policies set by the City of Raleigh Safety Office as designated in the studio guidelines available in the studio. This ensures a safe, healthy and well-kept studio for all.
Special Events and Gallery Exhibits
2014 Gallery/Exhibit Program
Sertoma showcases emerging artists living and/or working in and around Wake County along with programs such as National Youth Art Month, the Paint Your heART Out scholarship fundraiser, the Sertoma Instructors exhibit, the Patron/Participants exhibit and Sertoma's co-sponsored artist group exhibits. Artists working in 2D and 3D are encouraged to apply. This is a family friendly facility - please bear this in mind when submitting exhibit requests.
Raleigh Room The Raleigh Room gallery is our largest exhibit space, located in a multipurpose room on the main floor.
Hallway Space The Hallway gallery is located on the main floor and runs through the center of the facility.
Display Cases Glass display cases with four non-adjustable glass shelves are located on the main floor. The front desk display case offers adjustable shelves.
Painting and Drawing
Painting and drawing are the foundations of making art. Sertoma's classes and workshops offer a range of experiences in the basic mediums for beginner through advanced students.
- Large open space filled with windows and natural light
- Balcony access perfect for plein air art making
- Tabletop and floor easels
- Reference materials for in-house use
- Models, stands, lighting and still-life props available
The pottery program builds clay-working skills for beginner through advanced students. Classes and workshops include handbuilding, wheel throwing, decorative techniques, glaze techniques and more.
All clay must be purchased from Sertoma. Glaze and two firings are included in the price for studio card holders and students. There is a small charge for additional firings. Glazes must be approved.
- Spacious work studio with more than a dozen wheels
- Separate work areas for glazing, handbuilding and wheel throwing
- Slab roller and extruder
- Regular firing of electric kilns, with Cone 6 Oxidation electric firing the primary method. A Cone 10 gas kiln is fired approximately once a month, and Raku firings are scheduled as needed. Works are fired in 7-14 days.
- On-site store with a selection of tools and clay for registered students and studio card holders
Photography classes taught by professional photographers range from basics to shooting techniques and more. Currently, the dark room is not available.
- Spacious studios
- Reference materials for in-house use
- Large open areas available
- Professional grade oval and round mat cutter
Performing and Movement Arts
Sertoma offers a wide range of experiences for beginner through advanced students in dance, music, theater, yoga and exercise.
- Large open space
- Upright piano
- Surround sound system with CD, dual tape deck and microphone hook-up
- Theater lighting system
- Rotating gallery exhibit on walls
Youth and Teen Programs
From preschool through teens, art in all its forms is a wonderful way for children to grow, cognitively and expressively. Young artists can explore their creativity in a fun, inclusive environment instructed by nurturing professional artists. Sertoma offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and mini "camp" sessions ranging from performing arts to clay, painting, yoga, creative movement and more. Most materials are included with course enrollment.
- Summer visual and performing arts camps
- Home school arts fall through spring
- Mom and Me classes
- Students can participate in the "Art Attack" youth exhibit celebrating National Youth Art Month
- Teens are eligible to register for many adult programs in addition to teen programs. Check age requirements for adult classes before registering.
- New programs are developed regularly
- Spacious, clean working environment
- Child-size tables, chairs, easels, aprons and drying racks provided as needed
Rental space is available for special events throughout the year at Sertoma and nearby Williams Park.
Indoor venue. Capacity: 100 seated, 200 standing. $70/hr. (2 hours minimum)
Indoor venue. Capacity: 25 seated, 40 standing. $60/hr. (2 hours minimum)
Crabtree Valley Room
Indoor venue. Capacity: 25. $35/hr. (2 hours minimum)
In the late 1970s, Dorothy Elwood and the Citizens Advisory Council spearheaded a survey committee to find out what type of community center Raleigh residents needed. The results pointed overwhelming to a second community arts center. At the time, the Pullen Arts Center was the City of Raleigh's only arts-focused center and was running over capacity. In April 1979, the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department opened the doors to the brand new Sertoma Arts Center. "Sertoma" stands for Service to Mankind.
"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."
- Roy Adzak