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Sertoma Arts Center

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Important Updates

All arts and community centers are CLOSED. Up-to-date information can be found on the red COVID-19 Alert banner above or on the Parks COVID-19 Information page.

Sertoma Arts Center classes and rentals have been canceled through August 8, 2020. Participants will receive a 100% credit on your account. If you prefer a refund, please send the request to RecLinkSupport@raleighnc.gov.




Sertoma Arts Center

Julia Meder

Kendal Draper
Assistant Director


Sertoma Arts Center
1400 Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27612



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, printmaking, jewelry, fibers studio, 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 School System.

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.

Register for classes online at reclink.raleighnc.gov.


Sertoma Arts Center is currently closed.


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Studio membership details, requirements, and frequently asked questions.


Pullen Arts Center's Jewelry Program has been relocated to Sertoma Arts Center during the improvement and expansion project.

Studio Information
  • Two-room work studio
  • Acetylene torch
  • Enameling kilns
  • Equipment and special classes for etching and niobium
  • Hydraulic press, roll mill, and community hand tools for jewelry making and stone setting

View the Jewelry Studio calendar.


Painting and Drawing

Painting and drawing are the foundations for 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


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
Studio Card

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.

View the Pottery Studio Calendar.


Adult Programs

Sertoma Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes and workshops for adults from pottery, photography, and fibers to fitness classes.

Family Programs

Explore nature as a family with Sertoma Arts Center's family-friendly classes about plants and animals. For more information, contact Nature Programs at 919-996-6856.

Sertoma Arts Center Gallery Rental Space

Gallery/Exhibit Program

Sertoma Arts Center 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.

2020 Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Date Raleigh Room Hall Gallery Display Cases
Jan. - Feb. Patricia Sheets WSNC Julie Rowe and Ann C Boyd
March ArtQuake ArtQuake ArtQuake
April Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show
May - June Sophia Lemieux and Susan Roemer John Johnson Tammy Kaufman
July - Aug. Joe O'Shaughnessy and Corneille Little A Small Miracle / Transitions – A Day Program Meg O’Connor and Randy Hinson
Sept. - Oct. Triangle Visual Artists’ Linda Hauser and Ari Ferro Janine LeBlanc and Triangle Visual Artists'
Nov. - Dec. Student/Instructor/Patron Show Student/Instructor/Patron Show Student/Instructor/Patron Show
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Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays

Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays are the second Saturday of each month. This free drop-in format series allows attendees to create a masterpiece in the setting of their choosing with the help of Sertoma Arts Center staff. 

Accessible accommodations are offered for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Sertoma Arts Center will provide an accepting and inclusive environment, modifications to sound and lighting, noise-canceling headsets, and a quiet room.

All ages and abilities welcome.

View all Sensory Friendly Creative Saturday events.

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 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
  • 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.

See our Rental Brochure for full details and information.

For more information on rentals, contact us at sertomaartscenter@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2329.