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    AOY Art Center continues creatively

    Over the past year AOY Art Center remained in limited operation to continue serving the community with art education and exhibitions.

    Through creativity and business agility, amid a global pandemic and uncertain economic conditions, we continue our commitment to providing arts education and promoting local artists in our community.

    *Summer Camp Success.

    We started early on planning mitigation measures to continue with our summer camp plans.

    We posted our COVID-19 guidelines to reassure parents and staff and, after nine weeks of COVID-free summer camp with over 350 enrollments, we proved that our strategies worked. 

    *More Online Courses.

    We recognize the need to pivot once more to ensure our instructors have the training and tools needed to move classes online, if needed.

    Eight AOY instructors were trained on best practices using Zoom.

    *Art on the Farm.

    In planning for our fall events, it was clear we could not hold the traditional November Fine Craft Show indoors last year. We opted instead for a welcome and sunny one-day outdoor art show. Over 300+ cars attended. 

    *Exhibitions with Options.

    AOY employs its successful COVID-19 mitigation measures to continue in-person exhibitions, limiting the total number of persons in the gallery.

    Additionally, exhibitions are also able to be shared using an online gallery.

    *Community.

    For the general public, we have also established the Art of Our Times online gallery for submissions by the greater community and a Kids Page with activities for parents to do at home with their children.

    As we look toward 2021, AOY Art Center is working with our members and supporters to ensure we are squarely focused on imagining new ways to continue to fulfill our mission of keeping the many benefits of art alive and available for the community.

    PHOTO CAP: AOY Member Connie Dierks’ “Snowstorm at Patterson Farm.”

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