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COVID-19 

Our Response & Protocols

program & building updates

As of September 14, 2020

Openings & Updates

  • Our Gallery Store is open for its regular hours of operation, Tuesday-Saturday, from 10AM - 5PM.  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 as staff continue to work in hybrid-mode, a mix of in-office and remote hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Staff continue to check emails and voicemails and will get back to you as quickly as possible.  To contact a specific staff member, find their contact details on our contact page.

  • Fall classes and workshops continue to remain open for online registration.  There is be a mix of in-studio courses and online courses available.  Please bear in mind that to enforce social distancing, maximum capacities within classes have been reduced.  

  • Our Studios remain closed to the public.  Access is only permitted by appointment, by scheduled time-slot, or during assigned course times to registered students.

Fall 2020 Re-Opening Guide & Policies for students
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. To this end, the Center and its studios have implemented many changes in accordance with the Massachusetts government’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces and our partner, Worcester State University’s Fall 2020 Safe Return Plan.


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.
 

Students are asked to review the below Re-Opening Guide Packet(s) specific to their course's studio for details on the measures that the Center is taking to keep studios and students safe, as well as the policies we are asking students to comply with:

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 or by phone at 508-757-1424

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
 

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


 

Contact Us

25 Sagamore Road

Worcester, MA 01605

508.753.8183

New Street Glass Studio

35 B New Street

Worcester, MA 01605

508.757.1424

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