Masks. They’re on everybody’s minds (and faces) these days and they aren’t going anywhere for a while. A recent study by The Lancet found that wearing a mask reduces your risk of infection from 17.4% to just 3.1%. In reopening The Crucible, we’ve instituted a number of new health and safety policies, including mandatory masks wearing in the studio.
This past week, Alameda county extended its shelter-in-place order through May 31, meaning The Crucible will remain closed for at least another month. While we miss gathering with our creative community more than anything, there has been one benefit to our studio closure.
Art, making, and creativity have sown to be invaluable resources. Studies show that being creative—no matter your skill level—can improve your mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and influence brain connections. Here's your guide to a creative shelter-in-place.
Studio closures around The Bay Area have had a major impact on the maker community. Our working artists—whether they sell original art, depend on commission work, or are regular instructors in our classrooms—have lost their main sources of income due to Covid-19 shutdowns.
While our community faces widespread changes, we wanted to share some resources to help artists, Oaklanders, the greater Bay Area, and beyond find support during Covid-19 shutdowns. This list will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.