POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR YARD SCHOOL CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, CAMPS, TOURS, AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS

(Updated 8/30/2021)

Please read COVID updates and waiver below. 
 

COVID SAFETY POLICIES

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, instructors/educators is our highest priority. The following policies are subject to change based on federal and state health guidelines, trends in the pandemic in Montclair and Essex County, and other changes in MAM policy. “Students” and “attendees” are used interchangeably as attendees to any public program, tour group, or Yard School of Art student of any age.

 

Vaccination and PCR Testing

All students age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of attendance. Students taking multi-week Yard School classes will need to take a PCR test in advance of class each week.

Proof of vaccination may include a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo) or a digital immunization app, such as Docket or Excelsior Pass.

 

COVID Symptoms and Illness

Students should not come to MAM if they are sick with the following symptoms:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose;

OR

  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell.

For students with chronic illness, only new symptoms or symptoms worse than their usual would be considered a potential COVID symptom.

School or private groups will be asked to screen their students prior to visiting MAM. If a school student tests positive after their visit, we ask the school to notify the museum so those who were in close proximity can get tested and the space appropriately cleaned.

 

Face Masks, Social Distancing, Personal Hygiene

Face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth are required for all visitors age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, and must be worn for the duration of your visit and class.

Bandanas, gators, and other similar face coverings are not acceptable. Instructors, staff, and students of all ages must wear masks at all times indoors except when not practical, such as eating or drinking.

Instructors, staff, and students do not need to wear masks outdoors unless within 3’ distance.

At least 3’ physical distance must be maintained between people when in studios and Leir Hall.

Students are encouraged to wash hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitize their hands upon arrival and before leaving the museum, and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum and studios.

 

Ceramics Studio
The Ceramics Studio has reopened with reduced class size of a maximum of 10 students, plexiglass dividers between wheels to the left and right of each student, touchless sinks with foot pedals, improved air circulation, and an enhanced cleaning protocol between classes. Instructors will wear face masks, wash hands regularly, and check his/her temperature upon entering the building.

Waiver

We are working to keep you safe and healthy, but we cannot guarantee complete elimination of possible exposure to COVID-19. By entering the museum you assume the risk of such exposure.

Please do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19.

 

REGISTRATION

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) accepts registrations online, by phone at 973-259-5139, or by e-mail to [email protected]. At this time, walk-in, mailed, or faxed registrations cannot be accepted. 

  • Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received and class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. MAM members at any level can take advantage of priority registration in advance of open enrollment.
  • Registration is complete when MAM is in receipt of full payment. No confirmations will be sent in the mail. An e-mail, mailing address, and phone number are required at time of registration. 
  • If taking a virtual class, a link to the online classroom will be e-mailed in advance of the first class. This link is only for enrolled students and not to be shared with those outside of the class. Students must download zoom in advance and join class with username matching registration.
  • Classes and camps not meeting a minimum enrollment one week prior to the first day will be canceled.
  • Students enrolling after the start of the session are still required to pay full tuition. Tuition is not pro-rated.
  • MAM will send an e-mail with camp confirmation and parent packet for all child camps and teen classes that includes forms to be filled out prior to the first day of camp.
  • MAM reserves the right to refuse admission or dismiss any student due to inappropriate behavior as outlined in the SummerART parent packet. 
  • Students are not permitted to promote businesses or groups that compete with MAM’s mission during class time or through student interactions, and will be dismissed from class without refund or refused admission.

REFUNDS FOR CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, AND CAMPS INCLUDING SUMMERART

  • Full refunds will be provided in the event that a class, workshop, or camp does not meet minimum enrollment and is canceled. All other refunds are subject to a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee.
  • Classes and Workshops: Tuition for classes and workshops will be refunded if notice of withdrawal is provided at least 14 days prior to start date of the semester or date of workshop. If notice of withdrawal to a class or workshop is given within two weeks prior to the start of the semester or date of workshop, students will receive a 50% refund, less the $25 administrative fee. 
  • Camps including SummerART: Tuition will be refunded if notice of withdrawal is provided at least 30 DAYS prior to start date of the camp session from which you are withdrawing. If notice of withdrawal is given less than 30 DAYS prior to the start date of the camp from which you are withdrawing, you will receive a 50% refund, less the $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after the start date of the session for which you are enrolled.
  • The $25 administrative fee and Museum membership are non-refundable.

 

STUDENT ACCOUNT CREDIT

Student credits are no longer issued, with exception of credits issued for in-person classes canceled in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior credits are valid for two years from date issued and are not refundable. Contact [email protected] to apply a valid prior credit to a registration.

TRANSFERS

Students may transfer to any camp or class not already filled within the first two weeks of classes or first two days of the SummerART kids and teen session.

MAKE UP CLASSES + SUBSTITUTE INSTRUCTORS

Classes not held due to a federal holiday, museum closure, or the instructor’s absence are made up at end of the session. Due to the full schedule of camps and teen classes during SummerART, classes will not be made up. Students missing class by their own choice will not receive a make-up class, refund, or credit. MAM reserves the right to substitute instructors of equal caliber in an emergency.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographs, screenshots, and videos may be taken of students, children, and parents, and their artwork, during in-person or online classes, programs, and tours, and may be published and used to promote MAM’s programs. If you do not want yourself, your child, or your child’s artwork photographed, please notify the Museum in writing at [email protected].

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

Supply lists for courses for students over 16 can be found at montclairartmuseum.org. We recommend the use of non-toxic, no-odor solvents; ask your instructor for more information.

MAM provides supplies for all kids' and teen (age 12–15) classes. 

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift certificates are available for classes. Contact the Education Office at [email protected].

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

A limited number of scholarships are available each season for children and teens based on merit and financial need. Please visit montclairartmuseum.org/scholarship-opportunities for more information. 

 

MEMBERSHIP

MAM Membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Members receive a variety of benefits including free admission to the museum, the Members e-newsletter InsideMAM, 10% discount in The Store at MAM, priority registration, and 20% off tuition fees for studio classes. Membership categories and complete benefits are available on the MAM website.

PLEASE NOTE: The Art School tuition discount applies to the member only for Artist, Student, Individual, and Dual memberships. However, Family-level memberships and higher categories entitle all members of the immediate family to tuition at the reduced member rate. Single memberships are not offered for children under age 18. Therefore, to be eligible for the reduced member rate for children’s classes or camps, the child’s family must have a current Family or higher membership. Membership dues may be paid at the time of registration. If your membership is due to expire during the upcoming class session, please include your renewal payment with your registration fee. For more information, call the Membership Department at 973-259-5151.

 

TERMS OF REGISTRATION

In consideration of the benefit for which I, or my child, will derive from these activities, I hereby release Montclair Art Museum (MAM), its trustees, staff, parents, and any other affiliated individuals associated with the Yard School of Art from any and all claims or actions whatsoever in connection with the operation and supervision of these activities.