Community Health

Update Friday, March 27th:

We hope you are staying well and taking good care of yourself. We so appreciate your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters and work on a comprehensive plan to share with you going forward!

We are taking Spring Quarter online and delaying the start until May 3rd to allow us to provide the best experience possible! That’s right: Kirkland Arts Center is going (temporarily) virtual!

We’re sure you have lots of questions, and we’re working on comprehensive answers!

We know you may also have reservations since this sounds so different than what you’re used to at KAC. We ask you to keep a few things in mind as you consider:

  • Live, online classes will allow for you to create and maintain connection with your students and hopefully bring some “good normal” to these strange days.
  • Online classes are an important tool to help Kirkland Arts Center continue providing consistency and financial support for you, our beloved teaching artists, now and beyond the current public health climate.
  • We intend to offer most of our original classes in an engaging online format. If you are currently enrolled in classes that require more adjustment, such as wheel-throwing, we will be in contact with options and updates soon!

Again, we deeply appreciate your patience and your support at this time.

What’s next?

  • Mark your calendars for the new Spring Quarter, beginning May 3rd.
  • Stay tuned for more information coming to your inbox soon!
  • Enjoy this resource hub we’ve created for you. Get started with a virtual tutorial from Che Lopez, Michele Cooper, or Maja Sereda!

We’ll be in touch again soon with more detail!

Dates of Note:

Spring Quarter will be offered online. Classes will begin May 3rd. More detail to come!

Sunday Life Drawing has paused and will resume in April.

Frequently Asked Questions

Did someone at KAC get sick? Is that what’s behind this?

No. These decisions are made out of an abundance of caution and thoughtful deliberation, taking into consideration the guidance and facts available to us from Washington Public Health, the Governor’s office, the Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. If there was an instance within the KAC community, we would be transparent with that information.

I’m a ceramicist and need my tools, or have work to pick up! When can I come get them?

We understand this presents unique challenges for our ceramics community. Students may pick up finished work, works in progress, or tools before 5 pm on Thursday, March 12th, or between 10 am and 2 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th. The studios will not be open for work or congregating. If you have questions about this, please contact Pat Colyar by email at pcolyar@kirklandartscenter.org.

What about the teaching artists? Will they be paid?

Yes! We take our commitments to teaching artists very seriously, and as such, all teaching artists will be compensated in full for winter quarter.

Additionally, we will be launching Spring Quarter online with classes beginning on May 3rd!

Please know we will continue to actively monitor the situation, and know that a major priority for us is ensuring consistency in the support teaching artists receive from Kirkland Arts Center, financial and otherwise.

What about spring quarter?

We are taking spring quarter online and delaying the start until May 3rd to allow us to provide the best experience possible! That’s right: Kirkland Arts Center is going (temporarily) virtual! Please see above for more information.

We are also offering a modified refund policy for spring quarter 2020 only.

In light of current concerns, students may postpone spring enrollment to a later quarter at any time up until May 1st at 5 pm.

Our hope is that this alleviates the pressure to make difficult decisions far ahead of time in a rapidly evolving landscape. For more detail, please reach out to Education Director Ashlie Beach (abeach@kirklandartscenter.org).

I’m concerned about missing out on the sense of community my time at KAC provides.

We miss you, too! You all come together to create a community that leaves us in awe each day. We sincerely hope that the depth of our care for each of you, this community as a whole, and the weight with which we make these decisions comes through. We know it’s not the same, but we are working with staff, the board of directors, and teaching artists to develop resources for you to maintain a sense of community and enhance your creative practice at home during this time. If you have suggestions, please reach out to us by emailing llyddon@kirklandartscenter.org.

This is a major focus of our development of online classes as well. We are committed to providing as much of a sense of community as possible during this time. Know this: we are missing you, too! Please share what you’re working on and engage with staff and your classmates on our Facebook page and Instagram.

I’m concerned about the impact of recent events on Kirkland Arts Center. How can I help?

As you are no doubt experiencing, a public health event like this raises unprecedented challenges for everyone, particularly for a non-profit, mission-driven organization like KAC. You can make an especially important impact by making a donation of whatever amount you are able to support the teaching artists we employ and the future of this place so many of us consider a second home.

Still have questions? Please contact Communications Manager Lauren Lyddon at llyddon@kirklandartscenter.org.

Update Thursday, March 12th:

You all come together to create a community that leaves us in awe each day. We sincerely hope that the depth of our care for each of you, this community as a whole, and the weight with which we make this decision comes through.

Effective today, March 12th, we are temporarily closing Kirkland Arts Center. Today’s evening classes are canceled, and afternoon classes have been decided on a case-by-case basis. At this time, we plan for classes and open studios to resume as planned on April 5th and the gallery to reopen with the new exhibition, Reflections, on April 1st. The building will be closed to everyone except staff at 5 pm today. Please note, staff is also being strongly encouraged to work from home in order to support public health efforts. We take our commitments to teaching artists very seriously, and as such all teaching artists will be compensated in full for winter quarter.

We understand this presents unique challenges for our ceramics community. Students may pick up finished work, works in progress, or tools before 5 pm today, or between 10 am and 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. The studios will not be open for work or congregating. If you have questions about this, please contact Pat Colyar by email at pcolyar@kirklandartscenter.org.

We are working with staff, the board of directors, and teaching artists to develop resources for you to maintain a sense of community and enhance your creative practice at home during this time. If you have suggestions, please reach out to us by contacting Communications Manager Lauren Lyddon at llyddon@kirklandartscenter.org.

After completing plans and communications for this immediate closure, staff and board will begin work on contingency plans for the future. We intend to explore opportunities for students to take classes remotely and equitable methods for teachers to provide meaningful experiences to their students.

You are welcome to contact us for a prorated credit to your account. However, we do ask you to consider contributing your full tuition amount to support Kirkland Arts Center and the teaching artists we employ at this time. As you are no doubt experiencing, a public health event like this raises unprecedented challenges for everyone, particularly for a non-profit, mission-driven organization like KAC. Please consider making a donation of whatever amount you are able to support the future of this place so many of us consider a second home.

You are a community that has pulled together to do amazing things in the past. Now, we pull together to do our part in healing the community at large.

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here or in the two sections below, please contact KAC Communications Manager Lauren Lyddon via email at llyddon@kirklandartscenter.org.

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