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Guilford Art Center Announces Re-Opening for Fall 2020

Guilford Art Center announces its reopening for the fall semester, which will begin the week of September 14. Online registration opens August 24.

The fall semester of classes will include a hybrid selection of on-campus and online classes. Small-sized on-campus classes will meet to ensure proper social distancing; there will also be a robust selection of online offerings for those who choose to study remotely. Download the FALL 2020 CATALOG  now!

The GAC Shop will be open for public hours to be announced by early September. The Shop is also open for online shopping as well as by appointment.

GAC’s campus has been closed since March, due initially to the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequently for the completion of construction/improvements to the school building. Online classes and workshops were offered throughout the spring and summer, and the Shop has been open online. An in-person reopening, with state-approved guidelines, is designed to safely accommodate the community.

“We are so happy to be able to welcome back our community members to our campus,” says GAC Executive Director Maureen Belden. “We have guidelines in place to safely open our doors for students and visitors, including protocols for social distancing and wearing of masks. We’re also pleased to continue offering online classes so that we can serve all of our students in the way they feel most comfortable.”

To see all classes and workshops and to register, visit the SCHOOL section on the GAC website.

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The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work. Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.