When it was announced that schools all over the country would be closing for several weeks, one superintendent said something that has stuck with me. He said “In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.”
I share this because this week has made a few things very clear, one of which is that we are all such fans of being around Glass Axis that it seems difficult for any of us to stay away. That is also why it pains me so much to say that in agreement with the Glass Axis Board, we’ve made the crucial decision to temporarily close Glass Axis.
This decision has not been made lightly, and we are extremely hopeful that this down time will be as short as possible. With that said, we are making no plans to reopen before June 1, 2020. Gov. Mike DeWine shared a forecast today, that shows the Covid-19 curve will not peak until May 1. If the health and safety measures put in place through the state shorten that curve, we will, of course, look to reopen as soon as we responsibly can. If you are registered for a class during this time, a member of staff will be in touch soon to facilitate either a postponement of your class or a refund. If you have a completed project waiting to be picked up at our studio, please wait until after June 1 to pick it up. If you absolutely need it before then, please leave a message on our office voicemail (614-291-4250) with your name and address and we will have the project mailed to you.
Staff has been temporarily laid-off effective next Friday 3/27. We will use our limited remote work time between now and then to wrap-up projects that need to be completed before that time and safely bring down all of our equipment. Staff will still have access to Glass Axis email, but I ask you to respect their time away from job duties.
We will be contacting all those people enrolled in classes during April and May and offering them the chance to either reschedule their class, convert their registration into a tax-deductible donation or receive a refund. Having to cancel classes already through April 5 have showed us that people seem very willing to move their reservation to a later date, and we appreciate their willingness to do that. Member artists have already been informed that they have through end of business on Monday to get anything from the facility they may need during this closure.
Please know that while we know this is the fiscally responsible thing to do, the loss of income and facility use to our member artists and instructors hurts us the most. We are so grateful to funding organizations such as the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and The Columbus Foundation for all they are doing to help the arts organizations and individual artists through this confusing time.
Thank you all for your continued support and please stay safe and healthy.
Executive Director, Glass Axis