Creative Arts Center of Dallas


Passion. Experience. Diligence.

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Dallas’ home for Community-Based Visual Arts Education



Our Mission:

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas nurtures a community where people discover, develop and express their artistic vision.

Our Vision:

Innovative teaching artists and transformational programs make the Creative Arts Center of Dallas a top arts education destination in North Texas.  

Our Values:

CREATIVITY exists within all of us.  Creating art can build COMMUNITY for all of us. COLLABORATION expands creative opportunities.  




CAC opened in 1966 as the Octavio Medellin School of Sculpture in “El Sibil”, in the former studio of famed Southwest painter Frank Reaugh located in Oak Cliff. El Sibil had been purchased by one of Reaugh’s student’s, Estha Josey, to start a public art center led by Octavio Medellin, an important Mexican-American artist whose work can be found in major collections in North Texas and throughout the U.S.

After Medellin’s retirement CAC moved to Kramer Elementary, a deactivated elementary school, where it shared space with the Craft Guild of Dallas until 1989 when DISD reclaimed the school. In 1990 CAC purchased our current home, the old Bayles Elementary, a historic school in East Dallas, built as a WPA project during the Great Depression.

Cultivating Creativity for OVER 50 Years

We have been providing visual arts classes to students of all skill levels and experience for nearly 50 years. CAC has become one of the top adult art education destinations within the North Texas area serving a range of students from teenagers to senior citizens and beginning to emerging artists.

Last year 1,800 students took more than 500 classes and workshops at CAC in ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, blown and fused glass, jewelry, metal sculpture, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, stone sculpture and now creative writing.  
The majority of our teaching artists hold a Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts and have exhibited on a national or international basis.

A Thriving Arts Community

Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC is a safe-haven for artists to exchange ideas, share techniques and explore new creative avenues. We also provide outreach to underserved and at-risk area children and teens:  Camp MetalHead combines job skills training and arts instruction for teens in metal and jewelry; Feasts of Clay & Glass allows post-adjudicated young offenders from Café Momentum to transform their lives by creating ceramic and glass work; unseenamerica teaches children photography skills to document their own lives and exhibit their photographs in a wide-reaching community exhibition. ArtAbility is a new accessibility program that provides free creative studio opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Art as a Second Language offers drop-in, family-friendly programming for people of all ages at locations, such as the Dallas Parks & Recreation Center, Klyde Warren Park and NorthPark Center.

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.




Art is for everyone...and so are we.

Art is a uniquely human experience; a universal language that empowers people. Art gives voice to individuals and groups, it expresses hopes and fears, and continues to be one of the most powerful tools of expression for humankind. Whether it is social movements, environmental awareness, political commentary, collective world-views, intimate personal experiences or the significance of a single moment - art has made communication without limits possible.

Dallas is one of the most racially diverse cities in our country, making its challenges worthy of special attention and deliberate action.We at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas are committed to forwarding accessibility, diversity and inclusion in every area of our organization, including recruitment of staff, board, students and volunteers. We also pledge to ensure that the communities we serve thorough our outreach programming are enthusiastically accessible, diverse and inclusive.




TELEPHONE | (214) 320-1275
FAX | (214) 320-0845

2360 Laughlin Drive
Dallas, TX 75228

Monday - Friday | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CAC facilities open during Classes/Workshops and Live Model Labs





If you are interested in teaching or interning at the CAC, please visit our Employment page.




Todd Hedrick
Owner, Salon Gossip

Vice president

Nancy Ridgway
Attorney & Landscape Architect


Anita Delgado
Architect, Corgan Associates


Blythe McPhail
Owner, Blythe Spirit Design & Development

Lynn Armstrong
CAC Educator

Derek Jones
Market Analyst, EnMark Services

Heather Marnell
Adult Education Professional

Reid Robinson
Creative Consultant

Stephen Walsh
Interior Designer, Gensler

Hillary Whitehead
Marketing Manager, Fossil Group

Diana Pollak
Executive Director, CAC




Kenneth Craighead 
Craighead Green

Adriana Cobo-Frenkel 

Charles Eisemann
Business Leader & Community Volunteer

Jimmy Galbraith 
Foxworth Galbraith

Kourtny Garrett
Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Michael Heinlen 
Thompson & Knight, LLP

Sam Holland
Southern Methodist University

Kay Kallos 
City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

Dennis Kratz 
University of Texas at Dallas

John Marcucci
Gallery 422 at The Workroom

Patricia Meadows
Art Connections

Maria Teresa Garcia Pedroche

Robert Pollock 
Artist and Business Leader

Dr. Scott Rudes
Booker T. Washington High School for the
Performing and Visual Arts

Gail Sachson
Ask Me About Art

Laurie Sands Harrison
Rosewood Corporation

Jeremy Strick
Nasher Sculpture Center

Cheryl Vogel 
Valley House Gallery

Katherine Wagner
Business Council for the Arts

Larry Waisanen
Business Leader & Community Volunteer

Rosalyn Walker
Dallas Museum of Art

Lily Weiss
The Dallas Arts District

Nancy Whitenack
Conduit Gallery




Class Schedules:

Register early. Classes will be cancelled if they do not meet the minimum enrollment three (3) business days prior to the start of a new session. CAC reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule any class. Instructors may alter the class schedule during a session to accommodate holidays. They will discuss any changes with each class.

Registration and Policies:

Please read all registration and refund policies before you register. To ensure enrollment, please register as soon as possible and no later than one week prior to the start date of the class as class space is limited.

  • Payment is due in full upon registration.

  • Tuition refunds will be issued before the second class meeting for weekly classes, minus a $65 withdrawal fee if notification is given in writing.

  • For workshops notice must be made within 5 days in writing, minus a $65 withdrawal fee.  For workshops in which there is a guest instructor traveling to CAC, the request must be made 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop.  

  • A $10 late fee will be charged 72 hours before the start of any class

  • Class fees will not be pro-rated for late enrollment.

  • Refunds and makeup classes will not be provided due to student illness, unexpected travel or reasons not the responsibility of the faculty or the Creative Arts Center.

  • All tuition and fees will be refunded for classes cancelled by CAC.

  • Failure to attend classes or verbal notification will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal.

  • No refunds will be given for lab or membership fees.

  • We now accept 15 - 17 year-olds with parental permission.

  • Use of studios for commercial production work is discouraged.

  • CAC reserves the right to refuse enrollment or dismiss any student for behavior which is disruptive or unacceptable to the learning environment.

Inclement Weather:

In case of inclement weather, CAC closes when DISD closes in most cases. We also report such information to local TV stations. For classes held outdoors – welding and stone carving – we usually reschedule classes if the temperature is below 40 degrees. You will be notified by your instructor or staff if your class must be rescheduled.