The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
The Creative Arts Center of Dallas nurtures a community where people discover, develop and express their artistic vision.
Innovative teaching artists and transformational programs make the Center Arts Center of Dallas a top arts education destination in North Texas.
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.
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.
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, and unseenamerica at our neighborhood school Bayles Elementary in Dallas, 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.