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 email@example.com.
Updates provided by Lindsay Walz, Courageous heARTS founder and executive director. You will be able to find on-going updates about the COVID-19 outbreak here as it relates to both our current status and future planning.