Policies

Non-Discrimination

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.

 

Financial Aid
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.

 

Accessibility 

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 office@brooklineartscenter.com.

 

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. 


Registration
To register for upcoming classes, workshops and events, please visit each corresponding webpage, call our office or visit us in person. Please register at least one week before a class or workshop begins. The full amount must be paid at the time of registration. We accept checks, American Express, Discover Card, Visa or MasterCard. We will send a receipt of your registration to your e-mail account. Specific program information will be sent via e-mail 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.

 

Refunds

Refunds will only be given if the request is made one week prior to the beginning of the class or workshop. There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee. No refunds will be issued after that time if a student withdraws. If the BAC cancels a class or workshop up to the date of the first class for any reason, we will issue a full refund or credit.

 

Adult Classes

Unless otherwise noted, students must be 18+ to enroll in classes, workshops and other programming listed for "Adults."

 

Discounts (Cannot be combined or applied retroactively)
Senior Citizen Discount: Individuals 65 and over receive a 10% discount on class fee only (Excludes Open Studios and Life Drawing).
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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

Make-Up Classes

If the BAC cancels classes, we will schedule make-ups for the end of the session. Class attendance is not mandatory. The BAC will not issue refunds if a registered student misses class(es). Make-ups are permitted, but not guaranteed. All make-ups must be scheduled ahead of time with the office and can only be scheduled if there is room in a similar class. Make-ups must happen prior to a new session beginning.  Students are allowed no more than two make-up classes per session.

 

Travel Permission

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.

 

Schedule Changes

The BAC reserves the right to cancel classes or workshops that are under-enrolled and to changes days, times or teachers when necessary.

 

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.

 

Photographs

We periodically take photographs of classes and events for our promotional materials including our catalog and the website. If you have any objections to the use of images of you or your child(ren), please contact the office before your class or event begins.