COVID-19: Fleisher’s Response

Fleisher has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the spring term for adults and young artists. We plan to open on June 15 for the start of the summer term but are prepared to remain closed to the public until Governor Wolf deems it is safe to resume operations. The health of our community remains our priority, and, if needed, we will adjust the start date of the summer term and implement additional measures, including limited class sizes and enacting more stringent sanitation policies. Please note that our staff continues to work remotely. The best way to reach a staff member is through email, a list of which you can find here.

Spring term refund policy

We have a large number of refunds – nearly 2,000 – to process remotely. Please note that it may take until May 15 for you to receive your refund and your patience during this time is very much appreciated.

If you registered for an Adult class or after-school Creative Lab using a credit card, you will automatically receive a refund for tuition and fees. No action from you is required.

If you paid by cash or check, we regret that we are currently unable to mail outgoing checks. We will credit your account and issue your refund when we return.

For the Saturday Youth Program, we have moved enrollment for all 560 young artists to the fall term. You will not need to register or enter the lottery again. We have applied your $50 registration fee to the fall term and will be in touch over the summer to confirm your child’s grade. This decision recognizes that the majority of Saturday Youth re-enroll and enables us all to skip the upcoming pre-registration. If you prefer a refund, please contact Ellie at registration@fleisher.org.

While we must move on from the spring, we have turned our attention to a robust six-week summer. Registration for the summer term for adults will begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 27. Registration for summer workshops for young artists is currently underway. Freehand, our course guide, will only be available online, here. Online class listings will be available by the end of next week.

Fleisher staff have been hard at work to find ways to share the joys of creativity and self-expression with you online during this time of social distancing. Last week, we launched Fleisher From a Distance, a series of studio visits and art demonstrations led by our remarkable faculty, and plan on scheduling one to two free offerings per week. To connect you with your fellow artists, we have launched several groups on Facebook and are interviewing Fleisher artists on our blog. We are augmenting our gallery space with new social media platforms to share artwork and fun, interactive art-making challenges, and will announce programs for young artists next week. We recognize that this is an exciting, vibrant time for online creative and educational content and are inspired by the many resources we see. As we adapt Fleisher to deliver its mission remotely, we are focused on putting our energies behind those that are most impactful for our local community.

Now, perhaps more than ever, the ingenuity of our faculty, staff, and artist community will be activated in the best way, harnessing art as a means to connect community, as a source of respite, for powerful self-expression, and to inspire hope and moments of joy. If you are able to support this work at this critical time, we would be deeply grateful.

3 Comments

  1. Are there plans to reschedule some of the events, such as the Annual Adult Student Exhibition closing reception? Is it still open to the public to view the art pieces on exhibit?

    Posted by ESTRELLA PRIETO on March 13th, 2020 at 1:11pm

  2. For those who submitted art for the exhibit, do we still have to pick up our pieces by today?

    Posted by ESTRELLA PRIETO on March 13th, 2020 at 1:12pm

  3. Hello, Estrella. You can pick up your work early next week, too. We plan on remaining open, but we suggest you check here first to make sure as the situation changes daily.

    Unfortunately, we won’t be rescheduling the reception and most of the artwork has been removed at this point. If you’re interested in seeing who this year’s prize winners were, we’ve posted a slideshow of their work here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtehSKMNhzc

    Posted by Dominic Mercier on March 13th, 2020 at 3:30pm

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