Metalwerx COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

Metalwerx is working hard to define policies and procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy.  The COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly, and we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and do the right thing for our community. Our board of directors, staff members, and director are closely following the news and following all recommendations by the board of health. 

​Metalwerx's current plans are listed below. As the situation changes, we will respond accordingly and keep our community informed.

Winter Weekly Classes: We are between semesters when it comes to weekly classes. Any make-up classes scheduled for next week will not be held. We understand many families are dealing with public school closures and we do not need to hold make-up classes that make anyone’s schedules difficult. We plan to figure out a time to hold make-up days for students to finish projects when things settle down. Students will receive credit for the time they have missed.

Open Studio Time: There will be no open studio time offered in the next two weeks. We are trying to keep foot traffic to a minimum for the time being.

Events: All events this month are canceled. The Making Moves Call for Artwork has been extended to May 1st. The exhibition will now be hosted by Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery and will be on view June 19th-July 19th. The opening reception for Making Moves will be on June 19th from 5:30-8:30pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Events Manager, Liz Clark at liz@metalwerx.com

Upcoming workshops are being considered on a case by case basis. You will hear from us directly if you are enrolled in a workshop taking place in March. Our classes and workshops are small and there are never many people in the building at the same time. Because we can limit the size of our classes, at this point in time, we are planning run them while practicing social distancing and following our updated disinfecting policies (sent out in an email earlier this week).

Spring weekly classes are scheduled to start April 6-9. At this point in time, we anticipate that we will be able to offer upcoming classes with a one week delay. This could change, and we will keep everyone informed of any delays or changes to the schedule. Your safety is our priority.

Withdrawal Options: We encourage you to stay hopeful with us and your participation in upcoming classes but we also understand current circumstances may change your ability to join us. We have outlined options below to consider going forward.

Course Credit: Metalwerx operates primarily on the revenue collected for upcoming / future courses and events. If you would be willing to accept a full tuition course credit for your class, it would enable us to continue administrative operations and pay our staff while in the throes of this pandemic. You can keep / use this credit through the end of 2021.

Refund: It is difficult circumstances like this virus outbreak that can often put a huge financial strain on small arts organizations such as Metalwerx. We understand you may be in a similar situation and can issue a full refund to you upon request.

Donation: We have been fortunate to be asked by members of our community how they can help and support us as we wade through these difficult circumstances. If you are someone who wishes to donate your tuition back to Metalwerx, it would mean the world to us. Your generous contribution would not only allow us to continue paying the people that make Metalwerx work, but would provide us with a little financial security as our organization enters the next chapter of this health predicament. Thank you deeply for your consideration.

We are thinking of you and doing everything we can to maintain operations and a sense of normalcy during this pandemic. We are aware that things may change as this situation evolves. We want to encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have and we will be in touch with you if anything changes.Our office will remain open in the coming weeks. Please feel free to call, 781-891-3854, or email info@metalwerx.com

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, or have come in contact with someone who has Coronavirus, please do not attend any scheduled classes or workshops. We ask that you call our office to let us know about your absence. Credits will be issued, on a case-by-case basis, which may be used towards another class or workshop by the end of 2021.

Below are resources for information about COVID-19 that you may find useful.

Center for Disease Control

Mass.Gov

World Health Organization

Stay safe!