The Brookline Arts Center is an equal opportunity organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its programs and employment. The BAC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
We believe that access to arts education should be available to everyone. Need-based financial aid is available to eligible families throughout the year. Please click here for more information or to apply. Scholarships for Ceramics & Jewelry are granted per individual once per fiscal year (September – August)
The Brookline Arts Center is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its programs and employment. We welcome participants of all abilities. To request reasonable accommodations for you or your child(ren), we advise you to please contact the BAC office at least ten days in advance at 617-566-5715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first floor is wheelchair accessible. One handicapped parking space is available in front of the building. Dial 711 if you are deaf, hard of hearing or need voice access via Massachusetts Relay TTY. You may also call Massachusetts Relay at 1(800) 439-2370, or at 1(800) 439-0183 for voice access.
First Aid and CPR Certified
The BAC’s administrative staff is first aid and CPR certified for children and adults.
Allergy Aware Environment
In order to ensure a safe environment for all students, the BAC is allergy aware. As many students are allergic to peanuts/tree nuts, please keep this in mind when packing snacks/food to bring to classes.
To register for upcoming classes, workshops and events, please visit our Active Registration, or call our office during business hours for registration assitance. Please register at least one week before a class or workshop begins. The full amount must be paid at the time of registration. Both registration and material fees are required during registration. We accept checks, American Express, Discover Card, Visa or MasterCard. We will send a receipt of your registration to your email account. Specific program information will be sent via email one week prior to the start of the program.
*NOTE: Students will be notified if a class is postponed or canceled due to low enrollment at least one week in advance. After a class begins, registration is permitted if space allows. Please call the office to register if a class has already started.
Cancellation / Refunds
Refunds will only be given if the request is made one week prior to the start date of the class or workshop. There is a $25.00 non-refundable administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after that time if a student withdraws. If the BAC cancels a class or workshop up to the start date of the class or workshop due to low enrollment, a full refund or credit will be issued. If a class is cancelled, we will make our best efforts to schedule a make-up class. if a student is unable to make the make-up class we cannot guarantee another date or a refund.
If the parent or student makes the decision to not attend a BAC class due to COVID-19 concerns, we fully support this but can not offer a refund if requested less than a week before the class start date. For more details on our COVID-19 Policies, please read our COVID-19 Policies for In-Person Fall 2021-Winter 2022
If the BAC must transition an onsite class to a virtual format due to concerns about COVID-19, our refund policy will apply. However, we will make every effort to deliver the same curriculum. If an onsite class must be canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, no refunds or credits will be issued.
Private Lesson Cancellation Policy: You must cancel no less than 24 notice or you will be charged for a full lesson.
If a student withdraws from a class, or the BAC cancels a class, the student has the option to accept credit for a future class in place of a refund. The credit can only be applied if canceled 1 week prior the class start date. Once a credit is accepted, a refund cannot be given. Credits are good for only 1 year after issuance.
This applies to COVID Credits issued during the government shutdown. This policy was issued June of 2021. COVID Credits will expire as of Spring of 2022.
Student and Faculty Absences
No refunds will be made for student absences. In the case of a faculty absence, students will be notified by email and a make-up class will be scheduled. In the case of multiple faculty absences, a substitute teacher will teach in their place. There will be no refunds for faculty absences.
Discounts (Cannot be combined or applied retroactively)
Sibling Discount: Families who register more than one student will receive a 10% discount on second student’s class fee only (must register siblings in the same transaction).
The BAC reserves the right to cancel classes or workshops that are under-enrolled and to changes days, times or teachers when necessary.
Inclement Weather and Vacation Days
The BAC follows the same schedule as Brookline Public Schools for holidays, inclement weather and state of emergencies. In the event that circumstances do not allow for the BAC website to be updated, please default to Brookline Public Schools. We will work with you to schedule make-up classes for weather-related cancellations. There will be no refunds for weather-related cancellations. For more information about the BAC’s holiday-related closures, please click here.
If the BAC cancels classes, we will schedule make-ups for the end of the session. The BAC will not issue refunds if a registered student misses class(es). Open Studio time will no longer be allowed to be used as a make-up time for a missed class. We will make our best effort to schedule a make-up class that follows the same day of the week and time as the class.
Late Pick-up for Children’s Classes
There is a $2.00/minute late charge for any child picked up more than 10 minutes late. For example, if your child’s class ends at 5:30pm and you arrive at 5:45pm, you will be charged $10.00 and so on. All payments must be paid prior to your child returning to the program.
Students under the age of 16 must have signed permission from parents to leave class on their own. Only students ages 12+ may leave on their own. A permission form is available in the office and on the online registration form.
Unless otherwise noted, students must be 18+ to enroll in classes, workshops and other programming listed for “Adults.”
We periodically take photographs of classes and events for our promotional materials including our catalog and the website. You may indicate those permissions on our Photo & Web Authorization form given during registration.