Dear new and returning students,
It comes with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 Summer Program at Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts. It is our belief that here at Sugar Maples our community is our family. In order to ensure the safety of our students, instructors, and staff we believe that it is not in the best interest of our community to proceed with this year’s program.
The lack of urgent care within the immediate area of the Catskill region creates a risk in bringing groups of students to our scenic and rural location in the mountains. The nature of the classroom at Sugar Maples is one that is intimate. Much of our learning is done through touching shared objects and tools. At the heart of teaching ceramics lies an exchange between instructor and student that is physically close through conversation and demonstration.
We understand that this is a financially difficult time for all and we have amended our cancellation policy to reflect this unforeseen circumstance. As a registered student for the 2020 summer you have a few options, which I will detail below.
• Full or partial donation of your 2020 registration. This donation will be allocated to rebuilding our Salt Kiln.
• A Voucher for up to 1-2 years for a course of same value (note: choosing this option, allows you to gift this voucher to another student).
• Full refund for your 2020 registration.
As many of you know, we have a small staff at Sugar Maples and ask for your patience as we process a large amount of refunds and donations. If you have any questions please contact the registration office at (518)-263-2010, and email@example.com.
We are working hard on a series of exciting workshops for the summer of 2021, hopefully including some of the courses that were not able to run this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured, we are actively using this time to make Sugar Maples even stronger in the summers to come.
The call to make this decision does not come easily and it was made after many conversations with our staff and former director, Susan Beecher. With our attention now fiercely focused on our 2021 program, please know that we will miss you all dearly.
Stay safe, be kind, and keep in touch.
Director of Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts
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