Closing For Now—and Caring For Our Community
By Susan Mernit and the Executive Team | 03.14.20
Due to public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, The Crucible will be closed to the public and suspending operations through May 1, as mandated by Alameda County. (Updated March 30, in response to new shelter-in-place mandate.)
The Crucible has no known cases of the virus currently among its staff, students, or volunteers. However, as a community gathering place for people of all ages, we have determined that additional measures are required to ensure the safety of The Crucible community and the public at large.
The Crucible is working to reschedule classes that were scheduled in the upcoming weeks, instead of canceling them. We anticipate that some classes and workshops may be canceled, and hope that students will consider alternatives such as applying funds to future classes or converting fees for canceled classes to donations to The Crucible to support our community and operations in this uncertain time.
We will be providing regular updates via The Crucible’s website, social media, and email. We do anticipate that you may have questions. The Crucible will be reaching out individually to our students and community with further details and to answer specific questions about our closure. We ask you to consider holding off on reaching out to us while we work to safely close our facilities. There is no need to call or email today. If you do have an immediate need, you can email [email protected].
The health and safety of our community of artists and makers is of utmost importance. Take care of yourself. And thank you for your support and patience as we navigate this unprecedented and ever-changing situation.
For more information about the latest COVID-19 guidelines, please visit the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Alameda County Public Health Department websites.
We look forward to seeing you back in the studios soon,
Susan Mernit and the Executive Team
P.S. This closure raises questions around The Crucible’s future and our artistic community’s welfare. We are working on a plan to help ensure the future of our arts organization. If you can, your support at this time, through a purchase of a gift certificate, a membership, or donation, is absolutely crucial to our success. Thank you for being part of this wonderful, creative community—we wouldn’t be here without you.
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