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Update Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

Update Grand Marais Art Colony & COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Plan


COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  March 18, 2020  (LSN)  The Grand Marais Art Colony Staff, Board, and volunteers are united in a proactive approach to mitigate the impact and spread of coronavirus in our region. As an anchor institution in the Arrowhead Region arts community, it is imperative to lead through our actions. We put the public interest ahead of our own.
The commitment to postpone or cancel programs is one we take seriously, with profound care and concern for the livelihood and vitality of working artists, our instructors, program participants, as well as our dedicated staff and volunteers.

We have taken the precautionary step of closing our studios and limiting access to Art Colony premises to paid staff for two weeks, starting today, Wednesday, March 18. Limiting access will significantly reduce the number of people coming and going from our buildings, thus reducing the possibility of transmission of the virus.
The Art Colony will be closed to the public during this time, although staff will be available via email and telephone. On April 6, we’ll review this policy in light of what is happening with the outbreak and what public health officials advise.
We appreciate the generosity and understanding of our Art Colony community. While we will certainly provide a full refund for tuition paid for classes that are canceled or postponed, we would be grateful if you would consider applying your tuition to a future class, or donating those funds to sustain our organization during this very challenging time.
Thank you for your support. We cannot say with certainty when the Art Colony will reopen but we can't wait to welcome you back.


YOUTH CLASSES – Spring Break Camp, Youth Wheel, Build Your Own Board Game, Build Your Own World, Oil Painting, Earth Turtles, Music Movement and Art, My Sketchbook
Original Date: Various in March and April
ACTION: Canceled
NOTES: We will contact registered participants with further information and refund options.

ADULT CLASSES – Still Life in Pastel, Advancing in Pastel, Woodblock Printmaking, Beginning Watercolor, Color Theory
Original Date: Various in April
ACTION: Canceled; potentially rescheduled to Fall 2020
NOTES: We will contact registered participants with further information and refund options.

Original Date: Thursdays, 1-2PM
ACTION: Canceled
NOTES: We will contact known participants with further information.

ARTIST TALKS – Experimental Mold-Making & Traditional and Contemporary Print
Original Date: March 21, 2020
ACTION: Canceled
NOTES: See our Summer Entry Point events listed in our catalog and on our website.

Original Date: April 24 to May 4, 2020
ACTION: Canceled
NOTES: We will not hold this event in 2020.

Original Date: April 24, 2020
ACTION: The AGM is canceled and will be rescheduled for later this year.
NOTES: Our 2019 Annual Report will be available at the end of April. We will communicate with members about the new date for the AGM in due course.

STUDIO ACCESS – Clay, Glass, Print 
Original Date: Ongoing; year-round
ACTION: All studios are closed, effective March 23, 2020 until April 6, 2020. We will reassess and make a decision about whether to extend this closure on that date.
NOTES: Registered studio renters should reach out to Ruth Pszwaro with questions.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES – Individual and Group Residencies
Original Dates: Ongoing; year-round
ACTION: Residencies are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis, based on size, timing, and nature of residency. Artists may choose to reschedule or cancel with no cancellation fees. Contact Ruth Pszwaro for details.

**PLEASE NOTE: Impacts on classes and events beyond April 30 are being reviewed now – decisions will be announced on our website or via email as soon as they are official.

About Cook County Minnesota

Cook Country Minnesota   Lake Superior News

Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 

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