The Art Studios Update – May 1, 2020
Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time of physical distancing and the closing of the Art Studios due to Covid.
We recognize that these are challenging times, especially as the Studio is closed and we (Lookout/MDABC) have now taken on the responsibility of operating the Art Studios.
We hope we can clarify a few things below.
What is happening with the Art Studios and when will it re-open?
Currently, the studio remains closed as we are following BC Public Health Emergency orders. We do not yet have an opening date, but we will continue to provide updates on our website and The Art Studio Facebook page. Our next update should be by mid-May (May 15th).
Who is Lookout Society and MDABC?
Lookout Society has a history in Vancouver for over 48 years. For more information see our website here: www.lookoutsociety.ca. MDABC is a branch of Lookout Society and will operate the Art Studio as one of its programs. For more information on MDABC visit our website here: www.mdabc.net
I was supposed to graduate and say farewell to VCH staff and welcome Lookout staff in April. What will happen now?
We are disappointed that many members were unable to ‘officially’ complete their classes and thank instructors and staff. However, we look forward to providing this opportunity once the Studio re-opens. Stay tuned for more details.
When will the new Class Schedule start?
We hope to reopen this summer or as soon as the Health Minister allows non-essential services to open again. Instructors will be called ahead of time and those on the class waitlists will be contacted.
What if I want to speak to someone about the Art Studio?
The new Studio phone number will be posted on Facebook. We will also post any Studio updates on here as well as the Lookout/MDA website www.mdabc.net
For any about the Art Studio, please call the MDABC Office at: 604-873-0103
or email: email@example.com
March 30, 2020
THE ART STUDIOS ARE CLOSED THROUGH APRIL DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION
Here is an important message from The Art Studios and Lookout:
Dear valued Art Studios member’s, participants’, volunteer’s and contractor’s, we hope you are all staying healthy and safe during these exceptional circumstances.
As you likely already have guessed, we will be continuing with the closure of the Art Studios for the time being, for the month of April at this point.
Also, the start date for the next class cycle remains to be determined. We will continue providing updates via RTA Facebook page and MDABC website.
We would like to acknowledge this is a very challenging and unprecedented time for everyone, with abrupt disruptions and changes in all of our lives and at all levels of society, both locally and around the globe. During this uncertainty and change we are experiencing, it is extra important to manage our stress and focus on our self-care, focus on things we can control, engage on those activities that bring us joy (as possible), and utilize the numerous online resources that have become available.
We appreciate your understanding and we look forward to when the Art Studios community can come together again, as soon as possible! In the mean time, we ask that we support one another with tolerance, patience and kindness, focus on our self-care, and recognize that collectively we will get through this together and have much to be grateful for, like this community and the work that will continue with all of our efforts, support and creativity upon return.
Art Studios & Lookout Society Staff
The links below are the best sources of information for updated information on COVID-19 situation, including public health office recommendations, prevention strategies, and the governments recovery response:
March 27, 2020
Lookout MDABC is excited to announce that we were recently awarded the bid to run VCH Art Studio program!
The Art Studio location is currently hosted at VCH location: 2005 E. 44th Ave, Vancouver BC and has been running for over 22 years.
The Art Studio program is designed from a bio-psycho/social model of recovery and the requirement for membership is people with a Mental Health diagnosis living in Vancouver. Programs are currently available for youth (19-26) and adults which may include: Acrylics/Drawing/Mixed Media/Pottery/Print Making/Watercolor to name a few.
MDABC will be looking at future ways to broaden the Art Studio and provide more workshops, classes and open studio opportunities in the future.
The current Members and Instructors of the program are very proud of their community and development in the Arts and we would like to encourage continued growth and development opportunities!
Stay tuned for more updates!