ArtCenter Policies

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

ArtCenter Manatee is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

ArtCenter Manatee’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.

All employees of ArtCenter Manatee have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored and participative events.

Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from the Executive Director.

Class Policies

Class registration requires a $20 non-refundable deposit with the balance of the class fee due one week prior to the first class.

Workshop registration requires a $50 non-refundable deposit with the balance due one month prior to the date of the workshop.

ArtCenter Manatee reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. Students will be contacted and given the option of a full refund or a credit for another class.


Once a student has registered for a class
a. Cancellations or transfers prior to one week before the 1st class
results in a refund minus the $20 non-refundable deposit per class. Please allow up to 10 days for processing a refund.
b. Cancellation within one week of the 1st class of the session or after
the class has begun results in no refund.

Once a student has registered for a workshop
a. Cancellation of a workshop before 30 days prior to the workshop
date will result in a refund or credit minus the $50 non-refundable
deposit per workshop.
b. Workshop fees are non-refundable within 30 days of the workshop date.
There are no refunds on classes or workshops once the session has begun. No exceptions will be made on the refund policy.

Make-up Classes
Make-up classes will be scheduled if a class is canceled by an ACM instructor. If a student is unable to attend class for any reason, ACM is not responsible to provide any additional make-up classes or refund.
Any credit on account will expire 2 years after issue.

Students are responsible for obtaining and providing materials for classes unless otherwise indicated. Supply lists for all classes and workshops will be posted online and will be available at the front desk for those without computer access.

Open Studio
Open studio is available to ArtCenter Manatee Members Only. See front desk for available times and dates.

Locker Rental
Locker space is available: $50 per year. Locks will be provided by ACM.

Fragrance Free Policy
To accommodate sensitive individuals, we ask that students refrain from wearing fragrances in the ArtCenter, including colognes, perfumes and other scented products.

Gallery, Market & Office Hours
Mon Fri Sat 9-5 and Tues Wed Thu 9-6 Closed Sunday

ArtCenter Manatee is open until 9:00pm for classes, you must be a student or teacher to enter the building after 6:00pm, or 5:00pm on Monday or Friday. We are also open on weekends for classes and workshops.

Non-Profit Status

ArtCenter Manatee is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state (1-800-help-fla) or from the website: www.freshfromflorida.Com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Registration #ch15646.