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.
Sertoma Arts Center is part of a Learning Community of eleven arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities. This collective is funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
Sertoma Arts Center Temporary Closure
Sertoma Arts Center will be CLOSED for major HVAC renovations beginning December 31, 2016. The center is scheduled to reopen in April 2017.
Hours, Location and Contact Information
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 10pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm
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
Sertoma showcases emerging artists living and/or working in and around Wake County, along with special themed exhibits such as National Youth Arts Month, the Paint Your heART Out scholarship fundraiser, the Sertoma Student/Instructor/Patron 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.
Image: Meera Goyal, Nature’s Lace
Raleigh Room: Bonnie Brooks, paintings
Hall Gallery: Lauri Artsen, paintings
Display Cases: John Pelosi, wood; Ellen Weiss, jewelry
Raleigh Room: Susie Huser + Anne Harmon, mixed media
Hall Gallery: Ann Lawtey, prints
Display Cases: Raleigh Miniatures Guild; LuAnne Payne, paintings
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 painting
- 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. Works are fired in 7-14 days.
- On-site store with a selection of tools and clay for registered students and studio card holders
Pottery Studio & Calendar
Raleigh residents and non-residents can participate in our pottery programs either by taking classes or by purchasing a studio card that will allow them to work independently when classes are not in session. Participants are eligible to purchase a studio card after they have completed a qualifying class.
Pottery Studio Card Holders and students currently enrolled in pottery classes have access to tools and equipment in the Pottery Studio during open studio time. The Studio is open for use by Studio Card Holders and current pottery students any time during our normal hours of operation when classes are not in the studio. Our Google Studio calendar identifies when classes are using the Studio.
As a reminder, if there are two classes taking place simultaneously in the Studio, the entire Studio is closed.
Photography classes taught by professional photographers range from basics to shooting techniques and more. Our digital photography classes include basic digital photography, outdoor and nature, macro, creative lighting and more. We offer both one-day workshops and weekly classes.
Image: Eric Krouse, Hummingbird
- Spacious studio
- Reference materials for in-house use
- Large open areas available
- Professional grade oval and round mat cutter
Mat cutting orientation class is required to gain access to the mat studio for personal use. For a quarterly fee, studio may be used when classes are not taking place.
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, MP3 and microphone hook-up
- Theater lighting system
- Rotating gallery exhibit on walls
Youth and Teen Programs
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 and workshops ranging from performing arts to clay, painting,
creative movement and more. Most materials are included with course enrollment.
- Summer visual and performing arts programs
- Mom and Me classes
- 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. $75/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