NCC Update on COVID-19, 03.20.2020
We are checking in today to reassure you that Northern Clay Center is taking measures to keep those we care about safe: our students, staff, the artists we serve, and our supporters. NCC has decided to temporarily close the building, adjust programming, move all possible operations online, and create a remote work plan for its staff. We are following all CDC and MDH guidelines within our facility and feel strongly that protecting the health and well-being of our community from COVID-19 is currently a far higher priority than day-to-day business.
Here is our plan for the coming weeks:
NCC closed its building beginning March 17, 2020. The closure will remain in effect through the end of the day on Sunday, April 5, 2020, and possibly longer, while we disinfect the building and assess ever-evolving community safety measures. The building will be locked while staff devise the best-informed approach to our ongoing programming for our community. Email is the best way to reach us during this time, and all internal and external meetings will take place via phone and video.
All onsite classes and activities are canceled through May 11, 2020, a date which may be reassess as we continue to monitor developments and recommendations from the aforementioned sources (CDC and MDH). Currently, 10-week spring classes are being shortened to 5-weeks in length, the first session of 5-week introductory classes are canceled, and workshops and any other onsite events scheduled before May 11, 2020 are canceled. All students affected by these changes are being contacted and our education team is working with them to navigate the amended spring programming. To view NCC’s class refund policy, please visit NCC’s Student Information Page.
We always work to keep our surfaces and spaces clean and sanitary. With the knowledge that COVID-19 and other viruses can remain on surfaces from hours to days, we are committing additional resources to sanitize the entire facility and will diligently clean the surfaces we all touch frequently within the facility.
We are utilizing digital platforms when possible to continue engaging our community. We will offer a remote programming schedule for the week of March 23, 2020 to give us all a reason to turn our focus to clay and education and support NCECA’s (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) efforts at online engagement. Please visit NCC’s Events Calendar for updates as they become available.
As additional information becomes available, we will be in touch promptly via email, social media, and our website regarding any updates and changes. Thank you for your patience and your trust that we are working with great care to navigate these challenging next few months.
Tippy Maurant & Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp
Interim Co-Executive Directors