Updated March 31, 2022

A very warm hello to our KAC Community,

First, please allow me to thank each and every one of you for your flexibility, mindfulness and kindness over the last two years. The world as we know it turned upside down and through it all, the KAC Community remained strong and dedicated. Our gratitude to you–students, teachers, all supporters and donors–cannot be overstated.

Moving into Spring Quarter, I have been faced with a very difficult decision. Do we keep the mask requirement at KAC even though the state-wide mandate has ended? After much research, consultation, and deliberation, the answer is yes, we will be keeping the mask and vaccine requirements in place at KAC through the end of Spring Quarter.

At the end of Winter Quarter, we sent a survey to all students and made hard copies available in the studios. Part of this survey was a question about the mask policy and whether it should continue. 70% of students voted in favor of keeping the mask requirement and several expressed specific concerns about their health and safety. I want you all to know that we heard you. My team and I feel that it is our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us and to make KAC a safe and accessible space for all.

As Spring Quarter comes to a close in mid-June, we will decide how best to move forward for Summer. As always, we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure our students’ health and safety while they are in the KAC building.

Warm regards and many thanks to all of you,

Shayla M. Alarie

Director of Education

Kirkland Arts Center

Wellness Screening

Updated February 2022:

Kirkland Arts Center currently requires proof of vaccination for onsite teaching artists, staff, and students over age 12. In lieu of proof of vaccination, individuals over age 12 may provide a negative test administered by a provider within 72 hours of each class date.
Please email with any questions, concerns, or disability accommodations. KAC is committed to equitable and inclusive policies.

Masks are required for all individuals over age 5 at all times while inside the building.


Our first priority is always the wellness of this community. Because of this, we have updated the protocol to enter the Peter Kirk Building. Your vigilance is critical to maintain the health of this community; thank you for your commitment to these efforts!

Before entering the Kirkland Arts Center building, all community members are now required to complete a brief wellness screening. The content of this screening is included below; if you cannot answer “no” to all questions, it is important that you stay home to ensure the health and safety of the community.

We’re so grateful for each of you; we know the importance of art-making now and always. Thank you for your part in making KAC a safe and healthy place to be!

Wellness Screening

  • To your knowledge, have you been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

  • Have you been tested for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

    If you were tested because you are experiencing symptoms, or you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, please stay home until the end of your quarantine period. If you had a precautionary COVID-19 test and no known exposure to the virus, you can ignore this question.

  • Have you, or has anyone you live with, been asked to quarantine in the past 14 days?

  • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? To your knowledge, has anyone you live with had a fever during the last 48 hours?

  • Have you had a cough, or other respiratory symptoms in the last 48 hours?

    Has anyone you live with had a cough or respiratory symptoms* in the last 48 hours?

    Respiratory symptoms include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, achy muscles, and headache.

  • Do you have any other signs or symptoms of illness?

    Signs and symptoms of illness include rash, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, earache, etc.

If you answered “NO” to all of the above questions, you may enter the building.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you must stay home until symptom-free for 48 hours, or until the end of your quarantine period, whichever is longer.

Thank you for contributing to the health and safety of our community!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by emailing