COVID-19 Facilities Closure

18 March 2020: Due to the spread of Covid-19 in Nova Scotia, the Craft Nova Scotia office, the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia facilities (Mary E. Black Gallery and studios), and the Designer Craft Shop will be temporarily closed effective immediately to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and public. All Craft Nova Scotia employees will be working from home while the office, Centre and Shop facilities are closed.

Specifically, the following programs/services have been cancelled:

    - All remaining classes in the Winter 2020 semester in the Centre’s studios;
    - Our Spring 2020 semester of classes in the Centre’s studios;
    - The 3 April Standards Assessment session.

We anticipate there will be further cancellations/postponements going forward, and will keep you informed as decisions are made.

We recognize that the spread of Covid-19 will have a hugely negative impact on the craft sector all across Nova Scotia. Together with craft councils and organizations across Canada, we will be working to advocate for financial support from all levels of government to provide assistance to help you stay afloat in these difficult and uncertain times. To that end, Craft Alliance has created two “Loss” templates to assist crafts producers and organizations, along with retail shops and galleries, to identify actual and expected losses due to Covid-19.  Please see the link below. You can download the templates to help you identify your individual situation. We will be working with Craft Alliance to compile that information so that we can relay that information to our provincial and federal governments.

Also be aware that the Canadian Crafts Federation has written to the Government of Canada, urging support for the craft community due to the unprecedented impact on the sector due to Covid-19. Craft Nova Scotia encourages you to add your efforts to ours, and to advocate on your behalf to ensure the viability of the craft sector going forward.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time. We hope that you and yours will stay well.  Know that together we will weather this storm.

Susan Hanrahan
Executive Director
 
Contact Information:
Email is the best way to reach staff during this time.
Susan Hanrahan, Executive Director                 exec.director@craftnovascotia.ca
Julie Rosvall, Program Coordinator                   programs@craftnovascotia.ca
Trina Annand, Member Services Coordinator    office@craftnovascotia.ca
Catherine Beck, Bookkeeper                             accounts@craftnovascotia.ca
Susan Charles, Centre Director (outgoing)       centre.director@craftnovascotia.ca
Emily Wareham, Centre Director (incoming)      centre.director@craftnovascotia.ca
Alexis Vessey, Studio Coordinator                    studio.coordinator@craftnovascotia.ca
Anna Taylor, Administrative Coordinator           centre.admin@craftnovascotia.ca
Andrea Saint-Pierre, Shop Manager                 shopmanager@crafnovascotia.ca
 
We will be checking the Craft Nova Scotia voice mail (902.423.3837) regularly, but there may be a lag in responding.  For “genuine craft emergencies” please call Julie Rosvall at 902.691.1493.
 
Resources:
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and preventative measures, please visit your provincial health or COVID-19 response websites:
Nova Scotia  http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
NS - Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/
 
Craft Alliance Loss Templates
https://craftalliance.ca/covid-19/
 
Canada Council for the Arts
https://canadacouncil.ca/covid-19-information#
 
Arts Nova Scotia
http://artsns.ca/news
 
Centre for Women in Business
https://www.centreforwomeninbusiness.ca/en/home/news/covid-19/resources.aspx
 
ACOA
https://www.canada.ca/en/atlantic-canada-opportunities/campaigns/covid19/q-a-covid-19.html
 
Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse.html