UPDATED: JUNE 8, 2020
Re-Opening and Covid-19 Updates
The Craft Alliance team wants to thank you for your patience, understanding and support over the last couple of months. While many St. Louis County businesses are now opening their doors to the public, Craft Alliance will be taking a phased approach to re-opening our studios, exhibition space and gallery shop. As you know, we are a tight-knit community of makers, artists and crafters, and your health and safety is very important to us. We are taking steps to create a safe environment at Craft Alliance, including smaller class/workshop sizes, daily cleaning and safety procedures, and social distancing guidelines. You can read our Operating Policies and Procedures here.
Phased re-opening timeline:
- June 1-5: Administrative office begins to re-open and staff prepares studios and spaces for new social distancing, cleaning and safety procedures
- June 2: Registration for new online classes opens
- June 16: Select studios open to members-only for limited capacity sessions
- June 23: Registration for children's virtual summer camps opens
- July 6: Virtual summer camps begin
- July 21: Summer classes and workshops begin
Craft Alliance is taking proactive steps to ensure a safe environment for everyone. High-touch surfaces, like door knobs, railings, and keyboards will be cleaned regularly. We will have disinfectant wipes available for you throughout the building to use before and after you use a tool. Personal responsibility will be important for keeping our community work environment clean. The following policies will take effect on June 1st as part of our phased re-opening:
When visiting Craft Alliance, we ask that you:
- Wear a face mask at all times that covers your nose and mouth. If you do not have a mask, we will have a limited quantity available.
- Wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer immediately upon entering Craft Alliance, and regularly while you are here.
- Maintain social distancing guidelines and remain 6 feet apart.
- Sign-in upon entering building for contact tracing purposes.
Summer Camp Update
Out of an abundance of caution for health and safety, we deeply regret that our popular on site summer camps have been cancelled. This was a difficult choice because we know camps provide wonderful craft experiences for kids and also assist working parents during the summer months. We are excited to be able to offer virtual camp experiences for youth in July and August. Look for online registration beginning June 23rd.
Beginning June 16, select studios will be open to members-only for limited capacity sessions. Summer classes and workshops will be open July 21. For those who are not comfortable taking an in-studio class, we are also offering a variety of online classes, beginning June 2. Keep up-to-date on these online classes with on the Craft-At-Home page, or sign up for our Newsletter.
Exhibitions & Gallery Shop Update
The Gallery Shop and Exhibition Gallery will open by appointment only beginning June 8. To schedule your private appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.