Construction and COVID-19 Restriction Update

Construction and COVID-19 Restriction Update

WBCA is navigating construction of its building and campus in addition to COVID-19 restrictions, and continues to explore safe ways to engage in arts activities. 

With construction underway, there will be times when the parking lot and other spaces are inaccessible. WBCA asks you to stay flexible and stay safe! Stay tuned for more updates on construction.

WBCA is following all safety guidelines, including:

  • Our building is not open to the public except for classes
  • Class sizes will be limited
  • Only one class will be scheduled at a time, with no evening classes
  • At least one hour will be allowed between all classes to allow for thorough sanitizing of shared spaces and equipment
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be present in all classrooms
  • Whenever possible, classroom doors and windows will be open
  • Air purifiers are running in each classroom
  • All students are required to complete a health screening form prior to being allowed in the classroom, each time they arrive
  • At this time, all persons are required to wear a mask while in the building, whether or not a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • If a teaching artist is sick, we will cancel the class
  • If any student, staff, or teaching artist tests positive for COVID-19, all programs will be suspended for two weeks
  • Students will receive full credit/refund for any cancelled classes

Student expectations

All guidelines apply to all students, whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

To keep our students and instructors safe, class sizes will be limited, students will be spaced out, and equipment and tools will be sanitized between classes. Students agree to follow all health and safety policies, including conducting a self-assessment for any symptoms before coming to WBCA, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from instructors and other participants. If you are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who is ill, you must contact WBCA to cancel your registration and will receive a full credit/refund. All students (or their parent/guardian) must complete a health screening form when arriving for class, before being allowed to enter the classroom. WBCA reserves the right to remove students from programming if they do not follow guidelines. By registering for an in-person class you are agreeing to these guidelines.

Although the building remains closed to the general public, there are many ways to engage with WBCA:

  • With a newly renovated clay studio, WBCA welcomes back students to in-person clay through Individual Clay Studio. This class is open to students experienced enough to work independently in ceramics. WBCA also continues to offer Clay at Home with virtual classes and a clay firing service.
  • Beginning this summer, WBCA will add additional adult and Imagine Art in-person classes, adhering to the guidelines above.
  • Due to construction and extensive ground work, outdoor classes are being scheduled off-site.
  • Public art installations from Artist-in-Residence Sieng Lee and Youth & Outreach Director Kyle Frederickson remain on display. Come check them out!
  • WBCA has a full range of virtual programs available as well. Find your next creative opportunity in our spring catalog of classes. View several exhibitions online, including the 47th Annual Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition, which opened on March 4.
  • WBCA continues to explore other possibilities for in-person classes, events, and other programs, so stay tuned! If you would like to receive email updates from WBCA, please sign up here.

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility. White Bear Center for the Arts will remain a place for all by being safe for all. As conditions change, we continuously evaluate our guidelines and practices.

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