UPDATED: MARCH 24, 2020
Important Announcement Regarding Studios and Classes for Spring Session 3 (April)
With the continuing and evolving COVID-19 situation, we are announcing that Craft Alliance studios and gallery shop will be closed until further notice. It is our deepest hope that the health crisis improves and we are able to reopen following the end of the Shelter-in-Place order for St. Louis County, which is currently scheduled to continue through April 22nd. We are monitoring the situation and will reopen the studios and gallery shop as soon as it is considered safe to do so. Our greatest concern is, of course, the safety of our wonderful faculty and staff, and each and every one of our students. We will announce the reopening date as soon as possible.
We have reached out to those already registered for our April classes to let them know about the studios being temporarily closed. Our May workshops remain scheduled and we hope that the situation will improve to allow these workshops to occur. Our Education team is actively working toward possible new learning opportunities to offer as well, and we will announce those as they become available.
In addition to these actions, Craft Alliance has also launched a new online retail store https://craftalliance.bigcartel.com to bring you handcrafted items from both local and national artists. We invite you to become a shopper at this new store. Your purchases help support these artists!
It's hard to believe that just a little over one week ago we were about to celebrate the Craft Alliance community at our annual Makers Ball, the studios were active with Spring classes, the shop was helping customers with gift purchases, and we had just finished a wonderful exhibition opening, workshop and artist talk. Our world has changed quickly. Everyone's world is changing quickly. Our staff is working remotely, but we are available and ready to help our students and supporters in any way we can.
There are times when we must make choices and take actions with limited information and with information which changes rapidly. I want to publicly thank the Craft Alliance staff for responding so well. Whether quickly launching a new online shop at https://craftalliance.bigcartel.com, helping with the complexities of adjusting education plans, keeping our administrative systems functioning, or helping keep our space clean and safe, everyone has been doing something positive for Craft Alliance. I certainly cannot list all of the tasks, but I do sincerely thank everyone for these efforts.
As you all know, Craft Alliance operates as a nonprofit for the benefit of the community and has a long history of bringing craft education to all. Like many small businesses, this pandemic has real impact on critical operating revenue and program funding. Now more than ever, your support makes a tremendous difference. If you are in a position to do so, we ask that you consider making a DONATION to Craft Alliance today to help us during this unforeseen challenge. It matters. Craft matters.
Together, We Are Craft.
MARCH 15, 2020
Important Announcement About Craft Alliance Facilities
March 15, 2020: At this time we are announcing that Craft Alliance studios, retail shop and gallery will be closed, effective immediately, and continuing through Monday, March 30th. We plan to reopen on Tuesday, March 31st. We will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 and may make other decisions as necessary. For those currently participating in our Session 2 classes, please look for further communications about credits and scheduling of postponed classes.
These decisions are not taken lightly, and consideration is given to all those in our community, including students, faculty, staff, artists, friends and supporters. Our top priority must be the safety of our Craft Alliance community and those in our broader public community. We are a small but lively organization, and must do our part to "flatten the curve" of this pandemic.
We appreciate your understanding as we adapt to these challenging times, and will strive to communicate the status of our programs and facilities over the coming days.