CPC policy in regards to Covid-19 outbreak

To our local and global CPC community:

The CPC considers the health and safety of our artists, staff, and visitors to be a top priority. Although we have had no reports of illness, we are taking precautions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and following the recommendations of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Health.

Due to the growing health crisis, it’s with a heavy heart that Chicago Printmakers Collaborative has had to make some difficult decisions regarding our upcoming programs and policies. Our primary concern is for your SAFETY and that of the broader community. We have been following the Coronavirus situation closely and will update all of you as we reassess in the coming weeks and months.

Effective IMMEDIATELY: The CPC will be closed until further notice (at least through the end of April). All SPRING SHORTS classes, private classes, work sessions, and events are either canceled, postponed, or suspended. CPC is closed to members, and accessible to Resident Artists only through April 1st.

To our gallery guests: Those interested in purchasing work in the gallery may do so via Paypal or credit card by phone. Please email us at info@chicagoprintmakers.com to make arrangements. We offer either private curbside pickup (free) or secure shipping ($25-$50 for domestic packages). In the meantime, look for our fun new online feature, “FLATFILE FRIDAYS“, coming to your email inbox each week, where you can enjoy the work of our featured gallery artists from the comfort of your living room couch.

For students enrolled in upcoming Spring classes:

Spring Shorts classes are CANCELED but will be rescheduled. All students have been contacted and will be given the choice of either a full refund, applying the course fee to the rescheduled class, or fees may also be applied to future courses.

For students whose winter classes were cut short:

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! We have a spread sheet that shows which classes need to reschedule make ups for the number of classes missed. Your teacher will be in touch when the dust settles, and you’ll be able to complete your projects. We encourage you all to join our CPC REMOTE PRINTSHOP Facebook Group (see details below).

To all current CPC working members: The shop is now CLOSED until the end of April. Please see more detailed updates in your email inbox.

To all current CPC RESIDENTS: The shop will remain accessible for your use through March 31. It will not be accessible during the month of April. Please see more detailed updates in your email inbox.

TO EVERYONE:

The CPC has long been a sanctuary during challenging times, and we hope that CPC can still provide some sort of safe space for all of us. Here’s what we’re doing:

•We’re very excited about our new Facebook Group called CPC Remote Printshop! If you haven’t already been invited to joined us, it’s probably because you’re either 1. not on Facebook or 2. not a “friend” of either me or Vic on FB, so please go ahead and friend one of us or become a “fan” of CPC’s FB page so that we can invite you! People are already posting and sending us fun content. Vic and I set this up as a space for us all to interact, share work, check in, share artistic tips, and generally keep up with one another, both in terms of mental health and creative output during this time of uncertainty and anxiety. CLICK HERE for the link.

• Last week, we began our new FLATFILE FRIDAYS series to draw attention to (and monetize) some of the beautiful work in the CPC gallery. We received amazing positive feedback from our FB and Instagram followers, as well as those who received the feature in their email inbox. We’re hoping it will lead to art sales to support our artists. Our first installment features the work of Karen Butler. You can check it out HERE!

•Vic and I are going to both promote and continue our member spotlight series in order to further support our artists and encourage others to visit their websites and purchase work from them. Our next spotlight will feature Eric Wilson. We will also further promote our existing teacher features.

•We are planning a promotion via social media to encourage people to purchase class gift certificates for future use – our local Chamber of Commerce will be assisting us with this particular promo.

•Any other ideas are welcome. I do hope you all stay well and at least moderately busy with things (and people) you love. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts. I will do my very best to communicate with you during these most unprecedented circumstances.

Be well, in health and ink,

Deborah Maris Lader, Director

Other Relevant links:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Symptoms of Covid-19