With the newest directives from the Governor's office comes the possibility of re-opening the studio. We believe an abundance of caution is necessary and we are also looking ahead with plans to re-open incrementally over the next six weeks. Here's our current timeline and safety plan:
For the remainder of May we will only be offering online art-making sessions. Create & Connect sessions are offered on Tuesdays from 4-6pm, Thursdays from 6:30-8:30p and Saturdays from 10:30a-12:30pm.
We highly encourage participation even if you have limited supplies. No two sessions are alike and we always encourage people to get adventurous with the nontraditional materials in their homes (like ketchup or recyclables).
Single devices can login for $5 and we also have a special offer for you to reserve a private "zoom room" with family and friends across the country! Learn more and register here.
Registration is also now open for all summer camps.
We have a tentative plan to re-open for weekend Open Studio hours beginning in June. Advanced registration will be required and we will limit participation to 10 people. If there is more demand, we'll add additional 2-hour windows to the schedule during the week.
Currently our summer art camps for ages 8-18 are set to start beginning the week of July 6. Camps will occur at the studio or at a nearby outdoor location (depending on topic). We are also planning ways to offer distance learning options, which will include delivery of supplies/equipment at the beginning of the week.
Minnesota's current stay-at-home orders are set to expire for businesses this coming Monday, May 4. Given the closure of schools through the end of the year and the continued rise of cases, we do not anticipate re-opening for in-person activities until June at the earliest.
In the meantime, our Create & Connect sessions are happening three times per week and we would love to see you there! Pay-what-you-can to sign-up with a single device, or gather up a few of your friends or family to reserve one of our private rooms for just $30 (up to 5 devices can login from anywhere worldwide!)
As we plan for re-opening, we want to hear from you about the precautions we are considering and the options we are weighing. Please give us your perspective through the short (5 minute) survey below.
heARTS is continuing to move forward in this new reality, hopeful that we can sustain ourselves through this period of closure and see you again in real-life soon! We continue to pay close attention to our state leaders as we navigate the health and well-being of our community. Below are some ways we are seeing our way through:
Make Art Together!
I have been re-imagining how heARTS can support our community through this period of physical distancing with our Youth Advisory Board and am excited to offer new ways to come together through our virtual Create & Connect sessions! We're excited to expand our reach and help people stay creatively connected during this time. Learn more and register for an upcoming session.
Request a Creative Care Pack
During this time of closure, when our supplies are more useful to youth and families stuck at home, we are taking requests and delivering Creative Care packages to families living in the zip codes immediately surrounding the studio.
To extend our stock, we are prioritizing families with the following circumstances:
- do not have art materials in their home
- have lost income due to the coronavirus
- live in the following zip codes: 55406, 55407, 55409, and 55417
To honor travel restrictions and physical distancing practices, we will make no contact, doorstep deliveries on Thursdays, as long as our stock allows. Request a delivery here.
Color Your Way through the Twin Cities
The first volume of Color Me Courageous highlights some of our favorite Twin Cities landmarks. You might not be able to visit them right now, but you CAN color them. Every week, we're sending out batches of books to keep our community #coloringthrucovid. You can purchase a copy for yourself or send a copy to a loved one. One of our recent buyers had the great idea of sending colored pages to family and friends who seem so far away right now.
Not really for you? If you make a donation of $20 or more to our COVID recovery fund, we'll include a coloring book with the Creative Care Packages we are delivering to neighboring families in need. Check out our "Guess where?" posts on social media to see zoomed in previews of current pages! Purchase your copy today!
With Governor Walz' new "stay-at-home" orders announced yesterday, heARTS will be extending our closure until at least May 6. Due to this extended closure, we will be canceling all of the remaining digital art classes being offered this spring. In addition, we are delaying the announcement of our summer schedule for a couple more weeks as we consider the newest information from public health officials, and adapt to maintain our commitment to community care.
As we move into this extended closure, we will continue to support creative expression and exploration in the following ways:
In community, and with care-
I’m an eternal optimist. Even when the world crumbles at my feet, I always find a way to see the bright side. As new information emerges each day about the current outbreak, and our efforts to flatten the curve, I am truly awed by the ways that creativity and community are showing themselves during this difficult time.
At heARTS, we see art-making as a tangible way to practice creativity - a skill and function we ALL need. That creativity is showing itself in countless ways right now, as we learn how to share resources differently, respond healthfully to community needs, and reorient to this new reality. Your creativity - our creativity - is showing through in a myriad of ways. Let’s see it and celebrate it!
We’ve always been a community space - a place to meet neighbors and gather with friends and family. To make art, together. Having been through trying times in my life, I know how valuable community is and have worked over the past seven years to cultivate a feeling of belonging and mutual support in our space. As we all watch the world from afar - at whatever physical distance our lives will allow - please take some time to awe at the power of community. We are holding each other in care, attuned to our impact and connected to our power in ways that are truly inspiring. Our interdependence is showing through - almost like it’s our truest nature. Let’s celebrate that too!
As we consider our next steps, I want to let you know some ways you can support the studio during this period of uncertainty:
As much as we wish we could be serving our neighbors directly, we will still be supporting access to creative practices in the following ways:
In addition to these email updates, we’ve added a page to our website with the most current information about the studio’s status and needs. We appreciate your continued support and send healthy vibes to all!
With eternal optimism-
As part of our on-going commitment to community care, we are following the school closure guidance of the Governor and public health officials. We will continue to evaluate the situation in the days and weeks to come and stay in communication about our plans to re-open as we learn more about this outbreak.
If you have registered for an upcoming class, we will be in touch directly about our hopes to postpone rather than completely cancel.
We appreciate your support through this uncertain time. As an organization with slim to no margins, your financial contributions will make a world of difference. You can donate online here.
One of the things that I know in my bones, is that art helps. It helps us process fear and feel joy - and has the power to hold all of life on a canvas or in a song.
We are all holding on to a lot of life right now - trying our best to balance the uncertainty of how life is changing, with the important need to carry on when we can. That’s the footing we are trying to find at Courageous heARTS as well.
I have been listening to our public health officials and reviewing the latest data with our board of directors to make the best decision we can for our community and their rings of connection. As of today, we will continue to follow the lead of Minneapolis Public Schools and remain open to the public. This is an evolving decision which could change at any time in the coming days. We are trying our best to respond to the urgency of the present moment, while taking steps to move into a new normal for the foreseeable future.
We are taking the following precautions at the studio to help flatten the curve:
As we transition to this new normal, we ask for your help in the following ways:
Thank you for supporting this space and our mission. We will keep you posted with any new updates as we have them. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is where to find on-going updates about the COVID-19 pandemic relating to both our current status and future planning. Updates are provided by Lindsay Walz, Courageous heARTS founder and executive director.