Art Center Re-Opening Plan
June 22, 2020
Dear Art Center member and friend,
The Art Center of Battle Creek staff and board hope that you are well during this very difficult time! We are eager to open our doors but also have the responsibility of ensuring the health and welfare of our visitors, students, members, volunteers and staff.
The Board of Directors has just approved a 3-tiered plan to re-opening the Art Center of Battle Creek. This plan is based on information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Because the COVID-19 situation is frequently changing, the need for modifications may occur based on further guidance from these organizations as well as local information.
The tentative plan is as follows.
- Staff will return to work the week of September 1 (staff are currently furloughed).
- The upper floor (galleries and gift shop) will open beginning Tuesday, September 9. We are using the guidelines of no more than 10 visitors allowed into the galleries and 5 people in the gift shop at a time.
- The Fall semester of classes will begin the week of September 21. Class sizes will need to be held to a minimum as well as the number of classes we can hold at one time. We are in the process of contacting the instructors to see if they are ready to get back to teaching. We are determining the number of students we can safely accommodate in the classrooms. As the studios all have a large amount of equipment that is commonly shared we will need the cooperation of all the students to make this a safe environment.
We are following all CDC guidelines established which includes wearing masks inside the building and providing contact information in case of illness.
If you were a student in the Winter semester that had to end early because of our closure, you will be contacted. We apologize for the inconvenience this closure has caused. Credits for use in the coming semester will be issued for classes that were missed from your last class. We will contact you with that information and any updates we can provide.
Please bear with us as we make adjustments to schedules and procedures. Our topmost concern is the health of all of us. Thank you for your patience.
Linda Holderbaum, Executive Director