COVID-19 

Our Response & Protocols

program & building updates

As of March 9, 2022.

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Reminders & Updates

  • As COVID-19 remains an ongoing public health and safety concern, the Craft Center will continue to operate cautiously and in adherence with COVID-19 safety regulations set by our strategic partner, Worcester State University.

  • Worcester State University still requires the use of masks in instructional indoor classroom settings until at least March 23, 2022.  As such the Craft Center's masking policy remains in effect until further notice.  The Craft Center anticipates some changes to the mask wearing policy by the end of March or early April, and will announce changes as soon as we can confirm a date.  

  • We are not requiring proof of vaccination to visit or to participate in our programs.  To keep EVERYONE --vaccinated or unvaccinated--safe, we require that ALL visitors, students, renters, staff, and faculty continue to wear surgical masks while on-site.  This applies to all youth, teens, and adults.  ​​

  • All students & visitors are asked to continue in their efforts to help us keep our community safe and our programs open by reviewing and abiding by our COVID-19 policies, continuing to self-assess for COVID-like symptoms, not visiting when ill, and following the CDC guidance related to domestic and international travel.  

  • Our Gallery & Gallery Store hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Thursday: 10AM-8PM.  Masks are required to be permitted to enter the premises.  For listed hours of operation, please click here.  You are also welcome to shop online at wccgallerystore.com!

  • Staff office hours vary by department.  These hours will differ from general building hours.  To contact a specific staff member, find their contact details on our contact page.

  • Winter & Spring 2022 classes and workshops continue to remain open for online registration.  

  • The Worcester Center for Crafts reserves the right to suspend any and all programs at any time if health and safety conditions change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.​​

WCC COVID Policies & Guides for students, Visitors, Staff, & Faculty

Updated as of  March 9, 2022.

A Creative Community. A Safe Community.
We’re all in this Together!

As we are all aware, COVID-19 is highly contagious and singular actions alone cannot overcome the threat that this virus poses.  As COVID-19 remains an ongoing public health and safety concern, the Craft Center will continue to operate cautiously. We are not requiring proof of vaccination to visit or participate in our programs. To keep EVERYONE-- vaccinated or unvaccinated-- safe, we ask that all visitors, students, renters, staff, and faculty continue to wear masks while on-site. This applies to all youth, teens, and adults.  In accordance with WSU policies as of January 2022, the use of cloth masks is no longer sufficient for meeting the mask requirement.  Surgical masks are required to be worn while on the Worcester Center for Crafts' premises and studios.  N95 and KN95 masks are encouraged whenever possible.  This mask policy remains in effect in adherence with Worcester State University policies for indoor classroom settings until at least March 23, 2022, and will remain in effect until further notice.  A announcement on policy updates is anticipated for end of March or early April.


Everyone accessing the studios is expected to wear a mask at all times while on the premises and is asked to recognize and accept their role as part of a greater community effort that is required to help maintain the safety of all members by being proactive about:

1.) Health self-assessment

2.) Following all studio guidelines

3.) Participating fully in the support of sanitization efforts that are required to maintain a healthy work environment


We’re all in this together!


The Worcester Center for Crafts and its Studios will continue to monitor and update all parties on the health and safety of our community, and adjust our operations accordingly. If the CDC, the Government, or Worcester State University, alters recommendations, we will communicate these changes as effectively as possible to the student body.

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Students are asked to click this thumbnail image to review our updated 2022 COVID Policies, which detail the protocols we are asking all students, renters, staff, instructors, and faculty to comply with.  Upon completion of your review, please complete the following Policy Acknowledgement Form by clicking here.

 

Noncompliance may result in a denial service.

Thank you for your cooperation in supporting our efforts to keep the community safe and healthy. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to your department head:


Ceramics & Photo: Tom O’Malley via email tomalley1@worcester.edu or by phone 508-753-8183 ext.304
Metals: Elaine McKenna-Yeaw (interim dept. head) via email at emckennayeaw@worcester.edu
Glass: Gale Scott via email at gscott@worcester.edu

Letter from our Director

July 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Worcester Center for Crafts,


So much has happened since we were last able to all be together and we’ve missed you. But we are eager to bring our community of artists and makers back together. The thought of filling our studios, once again, with lively and creative activity is very exciting. Our plan is to resume our in-studio classes this fall, as well as continue aspects of our online learning. The health and safety of our students, customers, staff and faculty is of the utmost importance and the WCC staff have been hard at work to ensure a safe return. Our facilities both at Sagamore and New Street have been thoroughly sanitized and will continue to undergo rigorous, daily sanitation. We have also re-configured our spaces for a safe reopening in cooperation with the guidelines set forth by Governor Baker, the Massachusetts Department of Health, the CDC, and Worcester State University
 

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Here are a few steps we have taken to maintain your health and safety:

  • All of our classes and workshops will now operate with reduced capacities 

  • Our studios have been thoughtfully rearranged with new space layouts to better accommodate social distancing

  • We have set small space capacity and posted signage to indicate limits

  • We have added directional passageways and hand sanitizing stations 

  • We have undergone a rigorous cleaning and sanitation and have implemented systems to continuously sanitize all high touch surfaces

  • We have upgraded our air filtration system with CDC recommended MERV 13 filters and are investing in whole room, daily, disinfectant fogging.

  • Our staff have received training on cleaning and pandemic planning 

  • Studio access will be restricted to registered members of each class or workshop

  • Our Galley Store is open, with a new customer capacity limit and social distancing systems. Our store is also online to accommodate distant shopping

  • Our Gallery will reopen with social distancing systems, one-way directional signage and limited capacity.  Our gallery pieces will be online and available for distant purchasing

A successful re-opening will depend on the willingness and commitment of our community, to work together and follow the expectations set forth. It may not always be easy to abide by these mandates but they are necessary requirements, in order to keep everyone safe. I’m confident the WCC community spirit will shine and all our members will continue to support us and each other by adhering to these expectations.

You can help us by:

  • Maintaining a safe distance of at least 6’ from your peers and instructors

  • Wearing a face covering at all times while in any WCC space

  • Engaging in frequent hand washing and refraining from touching your face

  • Adhering to directives on posted signs such as directional passageways and small space capacity

  • Utilizing the provided disinfectant spray and wipes to clean your station (table, chair, bench, tools etc.) before and after use

  • And most importantly, stay home if you are feeling sick

 


I’d like to thank the staff and board of directors at Worcester Center for Crafts, as well as Worcester State University for the hard work, persistence and support during the planning process, on the road back to a safe return. I’d also like to thank all the individuals who made donations during a time of little income. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. 

 

Elaine