Sertoma Arts Center

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Feb. 13, 2018 - 1:43 pm
Sertoma Arts Center

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 11 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.


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Sertoma Arts Center Gallery Program

Designed to serve as one of the City of Raleigh’s community exhibition spaces, Sertoma Arts Center’s Gallery Program has introduced hundreds of artists to area residents and visitors.


Our Gallery Program showcases a broad spectrum of visual arts, featuring works by Sertoma Arts Center students and staff along with local, regional and internationally acclaimed artists. With the goal of providing a meaningful educational experience for people of all ages and backgrounds, our exhibits inspire, enlighten and enhance the cultural environment of our community.


  • Visual artists in all mediums
  • Solo and group shows are welcome to apply
For more information, and to apply, download our Sertoma Arts Center Submission Form for 2019.

Apply for a booth at Fall Arts Fair!

Hours, Location and Contact Information

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Front Desk: 919-996-2329 | Email

Director: Julia Meder
Assistant Director: Kendal Draper

Gallery/Exhibit Program

Meera Goyal, Nature’s Lace

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

2017 Exhibitions

Raleigh Room – Jan-Ru Wan; fibers installation
Display Cases – Sertoma Park Artist's Annual Show

May – June
Raleigh Room – Jan-Ru Wan; fibers installation (May), Sertoma Park Artist's; paintings (June)
Hall Gallery – Peter Marin; paintings
Display Cases – Christopher Lew; woodwork + Claire Roise; glass

July – August
Raleigh Room – Nora Phillips; fiber art
Hall Gallery – Cary Photographic Artists; photography
Display Cases – Linda Eddins; paintings + Coni Mansfield; drawings

September – October
Raleigh Room – Autumn Cobeland; prints
Hall Gallery – Stephen Cefalo; paintings
Display Cases – Subha Raghu; paintings

All Gallery Spaces – Sertoma Portrait Painter's Annual Show

All Gallery Spaces – Student/Instructor/Patron Show

Painting and Drawing

Sertoma Painter

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.

Studio Information

  • 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


Sertoma Pottery

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.

Studio Information

  • 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 seven to 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.

Jewelry Studio & Calendar

Jewelry Studio & Calendar


Eric Krouse, Hummingbird

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

Mat Cutting

Sertoma Matt Cutting

Studio Information

  • 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 Performing Arts

Sertoma offers a wide range of experiences for beginner through advanced students in dance, music, theater, yoga and exercise.

Studio Information

  • 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

Art is for every age

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 and workshops ranging from performing arts to clay, painting, creative movement and more. Most materials are included with course enrollment.

Program Information

  • 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.

Raleigh Room
Indoor venue. Capacity: 100 seated, 200 standing. $75/hr. (two hours minimum)

Cardinal Room
Indoor venue. Capacity: 25 seated, 40 standing. $60/hr. (two hours minimum)

Crabtree Valley Room

Indoor venue. Capacity: 25. $35/hr. (two hours minimum)

For more information on rentals, contact Amanda Rhodes at or 919-996-2429

Rentals Brochure


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

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