Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate this unprecedented time. We never imagined having to close the school for weeks, or even months. Our primary concern continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We consider everyone at the school a part of our Baum School family, and we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We miss everyone!
Our hope was to make-up the remainder of the Spring session in May and June. Recently, the stay-at-home order was extended through May 8, 2020. Even after that date, it is unclear when we will be able to safely reopen for classes. Unfortunately, this means that our Spring Session and Post Session have been cancelled. Our 35th Annual Auction has also been cancelled, but we will be rescheduling and holding the event virtually. More detailed plans will be announced soon.
This pandemic has impacted everyone and we realize how hard it is financially, emotionally, and mentally for all members of our community. The negative impact has and will continue to be enormous for The Baum School of Art as well, and for the rest of our local arts community. Our small staff has been working remotely to try to maintain the school’s facility as cost effectively as possible and minimize expenses while we are not generating revenues from class tuition.
We believe in our hearts that art will help us get through this, and that art will help us recover. While we can’t gather together at the school for classes, follow us on social media for a variety of different content. Try a fun at-home art project with our Artist-In-Your-Residence video series, learn about Walter Baum and some history about the school, see what our students and community are up to, view virtual exhibitions and watch our Children and Teen Virtual Scholarship Award Ceremony if you missed it! Although we are all struggling during this time, we are excited to announce that we will be having virtual classes coming soon! So keep your eyes open for fun things we are offering. During this time of isolation and separation from family and friends, we are happy to connect through the arts virtually.
We will continue to follow Governor Wolf’s orders and plans for reopening, along with CDC guidelines. As restrictions loosen, we will work to prepare for a safe reopening, and will continue to communicate our plans to the community. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We are wishing you good health and cannot wait until classes resume at The Baum School of Art once again.