In light of the uncertainty stemming from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Touchstone Center for Crafts has made the difficult decision to cancel all scheduled programming for our 2020 season. Ultimately, this decision is about the safety of our staff, our students, our instructors, and our community. Many people travel to be at Touchstone, and we want to be sure we are doing our part to flatten the curve now and in the future. Additionally, our campus remains closed to the public, and Touchstone staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.
While there is so much uncertainty in the world right now, we are certain that people will need creative, nature-filled escapes like Touchstone more than ever when this crisis passes. We are doing the tough work of making responsible decisions to ensure that Touchstone remains a strong organization well beyond this crisis. In the meantime, please know that we continue to be committed to our mission of advancing excellence in the arts and crafts. We are working toward a goal of rescheduling all 2020 workshops for 2021, and our team is brainstorming ways to creatively engage our members and supporters in the coming months.
We are grateful for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus again when it is safe to do so! Facts surrounding this decision, its implications, updates on future programming, and ways you can help support Touchstone can be found here. This information will be updated weekly.
Lindsay K. Gates
We are grateful for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus again when it is safe to do so!
Ultimately, this decision is about the safety of our staff, our students, our instructors, and our community. Many people travel to be at Touchstone, and we want to be sure we are doing our part to flatten the curve now and in the future. We are doing the tough work of making responsible decisions to ensure that Touchstone remains a strong organization well beyond this crisis.
Our hope is to reprogram this year’s cancelled workshops for 2021. We are currently in discussions with instructors.
If I registered for a workshop this season that is programmed again for next season, do I get to register for it ahead of the general public?
Yes. As a 2020 workshop registrant, you will be given early registration privileges for next year’s workshops. As this process is finalized you will be notified of the procedure via email.
- All workshop refunds will be issued via check and mailed to the address we have for you in the online registration system. We apologize but we are unable to credit your credit card.
- Refunds will be processed in the order that they were received, which may take a few weeks to complete. Please be patient as we work our way through this process.
- Your ACTIVE (online registration) account will show the full amount you paid as a ‘cancellation fee’. This does not mean you’ve been charged an extra fee of any kind. This is the only way the system lets us make the cancellation on your ACTIVE account. Rest assured a check will be issued for the full amount you paid.
- Memberships cannot be refunded.
We are not able to hold money as credit towards future workshops.
Absolutely – thanks for asking! We know that this is an extremely tough time for most everyone, not just Touchstone. However, if you are able and interested in donating all or part of the money you paid to date, it would be most appreciated. Please email email@example.com and let us know your intention. This donation should be considered 100% tax deductible since you received no goods or services in exchange. We will happily issue you a letter for your tax purposes.
Yes, all 2020 gift cards, scholarships, and raffle prizes will be honored in full for our 2021 season.
This is still under discussion. We will post updates as we know more.
Everyone who applied for a Touchstone Workshop Scholarship for 2020 will need to reapply next year to be considered for a 2021 scholarship. However, applications received in 2021 from individuals who had applied in 2020 will be given preference.
We aim to keep our themed weeks such as ‘teen week’, ‘educators’ retreat’, and ‘nature week’ going in a virtual format of some sort. What that will look like remains to be seen. Our team is brainstorming ways to creatively engage our members and supporters in the coming months. Please follow our social media: Facebook and Instagram, and check our website frequently to see what we will be offering!
Touchstone galleries are currently closed. When and if they will open this summer is something that we are evaluating. We will be sure to let everyone know as decisions are made. We also plan to work on creating an online gallery and store during the shutdown.
Our campus remains closed to the public and Touchstone staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.
Our May 30th Open House Event is cancelled. We hope to reschedule the event for September. Please check back for updates.
Touchstone is monitoring the current crisis and evaluating if this event can happen in October as scheduled. We will be sure to let everyone know as decisions are made.
By the time a workshop season arrives, our year-round staff is already full steam ahead on the next season. There is no lack of work to be done! Additionally, we will be tackling some major administrative and maintenance projects that are difficult to perform with workshops running. Once it is safe to return to campus, we will resume working from Blaney Lodge.
We ask that you please be patient as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
- Donations: Touchstone relies on income from membership payments and individual donations. If you would like to join or renew your membership or make a monetary contribution in any amount, Click Here.
- Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer to help with maintenance and grounds projects once the crisis passes, we will be tackling some previously deferred maintenance and could use some help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For answers to additional questions, please email email@example.com, we will be updating them here.
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Updated April 10, 2020