museum school Guidelines + Policies
Please read all policies carefully before registering for a class.
How to Register
- To ensure enrollment, please register as soon as possible. Class space is limited.
- Students may register online. Students who register online receive an automated email confirmation. Please arrive for your class at the date and time listed in the Class Schedule. If your class is overbooked or cancelled, you will be notified via email.
- AAC = Arkansas Arts Center
- All classes and workshops have a designated registration deadline which is one week (7 days, including weekends) prior to the first day of that class. Registration deadlines are the date we use to determine if a class has made or not: If fewer than five (5) students have registered by that date, the class will be cancelled. If a class has made, and there are still vacancies in the class, a student may still register after the deadline. Students who register on or after the first day of class must pay the total amount for the class.
fees & discounts
- Tuition amounts are also noted with each class description in the Class Schedule PDFs. When an individual sets up his/her AAC account through the website, the system will know his/her status (member, non-member, current, new), and the appropriate tuition amount will appear. The published member rate shows 20% off the non-member rate.
- Tuition payment: Full payment of tuition is required at the time of registration. Tuition is not pro-rated. Payment plans are available. Call the Museum School Office at 501.396.0353 for more information.
- AAC members receive 20% off tuition for one year from the date their membership is posted. The member discount applies to all classes and workshops for which a member registers unless otherwise noted.
- AAC Work Studies receive a tuition discount. Work Study positions are not open for application; Work Study students are carefully selected by Department Chairs based on years of experience and/or other qualifications that would make them helpful to a particular department. Work Studies must register in the Museum School Office.
- A limited number of scholarships (adult and child) is available based on either financial need or artistic merit. Financial-based scholarships require submission of the first two pages of the applicant’s W-2 forms. Merit-based scholarships require a portfolio review. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum School does not provide full scholarships; scholarship amounts are usually equal to half the non-member rate of tuition. Full payment of the discounted scholarship rate is required at the time of registration. Contact the Museum School Office at email@example.com for Scholarship Application Forms. A $35 fee is required to hold your space in a class. If the class is cancelled, you will be refunded. If the class makes, the $35 will go toward the total owed.
- AAC employees and Museum School faculty receive employee discounts. If this discount applies to you, you will be notified. AAC employees and docents must register in the Museum School Office.
paying by credit card
- Pending charges will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to BB *Non-Profit Charity (pending) CA*.
- Approved charges will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to BB *Arkansas Arts Center CA*.
- BB = Blackbaud (our registration and payment system provider)
- CA = California (the state where Blackbaud processes charges)
cancellations, refunds, withdrawals & transfers
- The AAC or Museum School reserves the right to cancel, combine, or reschedule classes to adjust for enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. All Adult classes and workshops must have a minimum enrollment of at least five (5) students. All Children + Youth classes and workshops must have a minimum enrollment of at least four (4) students. Classes with fewer than the minimum will be cancelled. If your class is overbooked or cancelled, you will be notified via email. If a class is cancelled, all registered students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund.
- Withdrawal / dropped class / refunds: A $35 withdrawal fee will be charged regardless of reason for cancellation. Students who notify the Museum School Office of their intent to drop a class at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund. Once a class has begun, no refunds will be made for withdrawals. Failure to attend class will not be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal.
- Parking/Finding the Studios: Students can park in the Lower Lobby lot and enter the building through the Lower Lobby entrance (by Children’s Theatre). An Arts Center staff member will direct you to your class. Parking is FREE!
- Supplies: Students in adult classes are responsible for providing their own supplies. If you own art supplies, please bring them with you to your first class. For example, for a painting class, bring any brushes you may already own. Please do not purchase new supplies prior to your first class, unless instructed to do so by the instructor, as most instructors will provide a complete Supply List during the first class. Class descriptions indicate when materials are provided. Most materials for children’s classes are furnished by the AAC.
- Children taking adult classes: Young adults who are 18 may register for adult classes. Children may not register for adult classes unless the class description specifies that the class is designed for an “adult (usually a parent/guardian) and child.”
- No guests in the studios: Only registered students may attend classes. Guests and siblings are not allowed in the studios. For children and teen classes, if you feel that your child is unable to remain in the studio without you, please wait another year before registering him/her for an art class.
- Security: Security personnel are at the Lower Lobby entrance to provide support for AAC programs and events. Evening security is also provided in parking areas when regularly-scheduled classes are taking place.
- Gift certificates: Gift certificates for classes and workshops are available at the Museum School Office. Certificates are valid for one year from date of purchase.
- If you have questions, please call the Museum School at 501.396.0353.
inclement weather policy
- If the Little Rock School District announces they are closed or opening late due to bad weather, the AAC will be closed or opening late Mondays - Fridays. When the AAC is closed, classes will not be held, and all studios are closed. To learn if adult classes (evening) and Saturday/Sunday classes (for children and adults) are being held, call 501.372.4000 after 7:00 a.m. for more information.
holidays, make-up classes & open studio times
- Even though the AAC is closed on Mondays, Museum School classes that are offered on Mondays meet on Mondays unless they fall on a holiday. Instructors will notify their students if classes are cancelled due to a holiday.
- If classes are cancelled due to the AAC or the Museum School, a make-up class will be provided. Generally, make-ups occur on the week following the final week of the session. For example, if your class met on Wednesdays, your make-up class would be scheduled on the Wednesday following the published “end date” for your class. The Museum School reserves the right to schedule make-up days at dates and times conducive to the overall Museum School schedule and are usually based on teacher availability, studio availability, and program scheduling. Instructors will notify students of holidays and/or make-up days.
- Museum School studios are reserved daily for classes and workshops from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. If available, Open Studio time varies by department and is only available during times when classes are not in session and the studio is not otherwise reserved for AAC or Museum School business. Open Studio is only available to currently registered students. To verify if Open Studio applies to your department and at what times, please check with the Museum School Office.
- Several times a year, the studios are closed to everyone. This is generally due to maintenance and other AAC business and usually occurs during session breaks. When possible, signs will be posted.
- Use of the studios for commercial production is prohibited.
continuing education for educators - professional development
- The Arkansas Arts Center Education Department, including the Museum School, is a registered provider of professional development credits with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). If you are a public school teacher seeking professional development credits for a Museum School class or workshop, please notify your instructor. At the conclusion of the class, you will also need to notify the Museum School Office so that a certificate verifying the number of contact hours can be completed. Completed certificates are mailed to the home address on file in the Museum School Office.
- In order to qualify for credit, the class must be taken for professional - not personal - development. The awarding of the professional development credit - based on attendance and completion of the ADE approved training - is solely at the discretion of the local school district.
aac membership & contributions
- If you wish to join others in fostering the creative spirit, become a member today! Visit the membership page for more information. If you would like to contribute to the Museum School or the AAC in other ways, please contact the Director of Development, Kelly (Ford) Fleming, at 501.396.0345.
photography / video permission
- By registering for a class, I grant permission to the Arkansas Arts Center to take and use: photographs and/or digital images of me and/or my child for use in news releases and/or printed or electronic materials/communications. I further agree that my and/or my child’s name and identity may be revealed in descriptive text or commentary in connection with the image(s). I authorize the use of these images without compensation to me. All negatives, prints, and/or digital reproductions shall be the property of the Arkansas Arts Center. If you prefer not to be photographed/filmed, please notify the photographer/videographer at the time. If you prefer that your child not be photographed, please advise us at the time you register.
requesting an accommodation
- The Museum School will make every effort to provide appropriate program access to people with known disabilities to the extent possible without creating an undue hardship on the School. People with disabilities are responsible for requesting appropriate accommodations and helping the School assess how best to assist them prior to their registration. If you wish to declare a disability or need to request an accommodation for yourself or your child, please call the Museum School Office at 501.396.0353 before you register.
- The Museum School is a community art school. Enrollment is open to any adult or child with an interest in the visual arts. All Museum School students have the right to a positive learning environment that fosters creativity.
- The Museum School reserves the right to refuse enrollment to participants with a history of unacceptable behavior.