Updated 12/8/20, 2:00pm

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. Thanks to your support, we are proud to continue fulfilling our mission of providing meaningful experiences in the arts.

This year, we’ve adapted our programs to reach far beyond our walls. Through virtual art classes for all ages, free Art at Home activities and financial assistance, we’ve expanded access to art and provided new opportunities to create and connect. Despite significant challenges, we continue to find new ways to serve you, our community, through art.

Through exhibitions, public art in Monmouth Park, our expansion into Coolidge Corner with the opening of Beacon Street Gallery, and our virtual Brookline Open Studios & Marketplace, we’ve removed barriers to participation and provided a place for artists to share their work in more ways than ever before.

This winter, we’re excited to offer a full schedule of virtual classes for all ages in a variety of media. We also plan to offer very limited in-person classes in Jewelry & Metals and Pottery & Wheelthrowing for adults following strict protocol, as well as state and local regulations to ensure health and safety for our students, faculty and community. Registration for Winter Session classes is now open! Take a look and sign up for engaging visual arts classes that are sure to offer enjoyment throughout the cold winter months.

In the coming year, with your support, we will provide more art classes and events for the public and bring as much joy to our community as possible. But in order to do that, we need your help. We continue to lose significant income due to COVID-19 and the closure of most of our in-person programs. We can only continue to grow, adapt and serve our community with your support.

Please support the BAC to ensure we will be here far beyond the pandemic.

Thank you for your commitment to the arts and for your generosity. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care and be well!

Updated 10/6/20, 2:00pm

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well during this difficult time. As you know, the BAC has been closed to the public since March. We are beginning a very slow and cautious reopening process with limited in-person adult classes this fall and continue to offer a variety of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Fall classes are still enrolling, and we will begin planning for the Winter Session in November. A decision about whether to expand our in-person offerings or remain mostly virtual will be made in early December.

Our gallery schedule is moving forward, with exhibitions on view virtually and in the Annex Gallery at the BAC. The Annex Gallery is viewable 24/7 from Monmouth Park. Public art is also on view in Monmouth Park, and we have an exhibition at Beacon Street Gallery. Brookline Open Studios & Marketplace launched in early October with a virtual reception and online gallery. More virtual artist talks, studio tours, and demonstrations will be held throughout the year. At this time, indoor gallery hours at the BAC are limited and are available by appointment only.

Additionally, administrative staff continue to work remotely and with reduced hours due to COVID-19. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to respond to questions and requests in a timely manner.

As we continue to focus on the larger picture of what our world and community are going through, we remain committed to our mission by bringing you meaningful experiences in the arts in numerous ways. Our Art at Home portal is updated each week with free content for all age groups and we will continue to offer Customized Group Classes and Private Lessons throughout the fall.

The BAC continues to lose a significant amount of income each month throughout the pandemic. With your help, we are far more likely to make it through to the other side of this crisis, and we will continue to offer meaningful and innovative art experiences for the community in whatever ways we can. Please help support the BAC by registering for classes and donating today.

We continue to hold you in our hearts throughout this challenging time. Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updated 8/18/20, 11:45am

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well during this difficult time. As summer begins to wind down and we look ahead to the fall, we are deeply grateful for the donors, students, faculty and staff who have kept us going. We’ve raised over $30,000 through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and our virtual summer class enrollment has exceeded our expectations.

At the same time, the BAC continues to lose a significant amount of income each month from the closure of our building and in-person programs. Even with all the fundraising we’ve done so far, the longevity of our organization under the current conditions is uncertain. The reality is, COVID-19 will continue to be with us for the foreseeable future. We cannot resume our programs in the same way we operated prior to the pandemic.

That said, today we are excited to launch our fall registration! We will begin offering a limited number of in-person classes for adults this fall in strict accordance with safety protocols and regulations. Please see our COVID-19 Policies page for more information about adult in-person classes. We will continue to run virtual programs for children, teens and adults and have expanded our online classes for the fall to include both full session courses and weekly intensives, much like our popular summer programming. As we continue to focus on the larger picture of what our world and community are going through, we remain committed to our mission by bringing you meaningful experiences in the arts in numerous ways. Our Art at Home portal is updated each week with free content for all age groups and we will continue to offer Customized Group Classes and Private Lessons throughout the fall. We will also have virtual and in-person workshopsgallery exhibitions and events that are safe and accessible for everyone. More details to come.

Our registration system has also been updated! Please reach out to office@brooklineartscenter.com if you have any questions.

These limitations do not come without a cost. With your help, we are far more likely to make it through to the other side of this crisis, and we will continue to offer meaningful and innovative art experiences for the community in whatever ways we can. Please help support the BAC by registering for classes and donating today.

We continue to hold you in our hearts throughout this challenging time. Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updated 6/3/20, 3:30pm

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well during this difficult time. We are truly grateful for your support over the last few months, including at our first ever virtual ART Off the Wall held on May 16. One thing we have learned throughout this crisis is that whether we gather in-person or online, the spirit of our community remains strong, adaptable, limitlessly creative and incredibly generous. From virtual classes, events and exhibitions to free art activities and artist highlights on social media, we are proud of the ways we continue to connect with you as we plan for what the “new normal” will look like. Thank you for your support.

The BAC will remain closed for in-person programs through the Summer Session. All Summer Session classes for children, teens and adults will be held virtually. We will be in touch with students soon with more details about our virtual options.

This was a difficult decision, but the health and safety of our employees, students and the larger community we serve is and has always been our priority. As we continue to assess when it will be safe and feasible for us to return to our beloved building, we are committed to providing creative programs for our community virtually. Our spring virtual classes have been very successful. Online enrollment continues to grow, and we are thrilled to offer fun, engaging and ever-creative virtual summer programs, which are open for registration.

That said, we know that virtual programs will not work for everyone. The loss of income from our Summer Session means that our fundraising needs will exponentially grow in order to keep the BAC afloat. We hope that if you decide to withdraw from a class, you will consider taking a credit for a future class (credits do not expire) or donating your tuition. All donations are 100% tax deductible. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider making a gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

As we continue to focus on the larger picture of what our world and community are going through, we remain committed to our mission by bringing you meaningful experiences in the arts in numerous ways. Our Art at Home portal is updated each week with free content for all age groups and we will continue to offer Customized Group Classes and Private Lessons throughout the summer, as well as virtual events and exhibitions.

We continue to hold each of you in our hearts and think of you throughout this crisis. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these challenging times. Please be well and take care. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updated 4/22/20, 12:00pm

We hope you are all staying safe and well during this very difficult time. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received over the last few weeks. We currently have several virtual classes running this spring from ArtVentures and Sculpture with Scraps for children to Illustration and Painting for teens and Form and Color for adults. It’s wonderful to see how thoughtfully our faculty members have planned curriculum to guide the creative process and build connections with their students. Additionally, thanks to the generosity of several donors, we have raised half of our COVID-19 Emergency Fund goal, which significantly helps to ensure that we will be here at the end of this crisis.

Following Governor Baker’s announcement on April 20, the BAC will remain closed until June 29. We will share an update about summer programing in mid-May. Whether we meet in person or not, we are committed to providing creative programs for our community. We are currently working with our faculty to develop a variety of exciting virtual summer program options that will be announced in mid-May.

During this time, we continue to fulfill our mission by bringing you meaningful experiences in the arts. Our Art at Home portal is live, and we continue to add free content for different age groups. Register today for Virtual Spring Classes, Customized Group Classes or Private Lessons, or purchase a Gift Certificate for future classes, events or workshops. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider making a gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this very challenging time. Please be well and take care. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updated 3/30/20, 5:00pm

We continue to think about you, our community, during this very difficult time, and will continue to provide you with much-needed uplifting creative content.

We believe that art has a powerful and vital role to play during this time of crisis. People across the globe, both young and old, are using art to connect with one another and inspire change. It is clear that we need each other, and art, now more than ever.

The Brookline Arts Center needs your help to get to the other side of this pandemic.

Tuition typically covers 78% of the BAC’s annual operating costs. The inevitable reduction in spring (and possibly summer) enrollment will be a devastating loss to our organization and our ability to fulfill our mission to forge community through art, as well as our ability to support our staff and faculty.

Please invest in the arts by donating today. 

Our community is strong, whether we gather in person or online. And our staff and faculty are doing everything we can to provide engaging creative and educational experiences online. You can learn more about Art at Home and our Virtual Spring Session. But we still need your help.

For over 56 years, the BAC has been an incubator of ideas, a hub of inspiration and a diverse epicenter for creative expression. We are honored to be a home for the arts in Brookline and beyond, and with your help today, we will be able to welcome artists and makers of all ages for generations to come.

Please be well and take care during this time. Thank you for your commitment to the arts and for your generosity. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updated 3/25/20, 5:00pm

The BAC will remain closed through at least May 3, following Governor Baker’s announcement today extending the closure of Massachusetts Schools.

We continue to think about you, our community during this very difficult time and will continue providing you with much needed creative content.

We will be in contact with registered students early next week about options available to them for the Spring Session. We are currently working with our 2D Faculty to transition classes to an online platform. Information will be available early next week. Please stay tuned for a number of exciting offerings that begin the week of April 13!

During this time, we will continue to fulfill our mission by bringing you meaningful experiences in the arts. Our Art at Home portal is live, and we continue to add free content for different age groups. Additionally, please visit our Private Lessons and Customized Classes pages. We are happy to work with you to develop a virtual creative experience focused on your goals.

As we previously shared, tuition typically supports 78% of the BAC’s annual operating costs. A reduction in Spring Session enrollment would be devastating to our organization and our ability to fulfill our mission. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider making a donation to our annual campaign.

With your help, we will work together to ensure the BAC will be here for many more years to come. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Updated 3/17/20, 10:00am

We wanted to share some more information about how the BAC is working to provide support for our Faculty during this time. For now, we are able to pay our Faculty for classes that were scheduled to happen during the remaining weeks of our Winter Session (weeks of March 16 and 23). At this time, we plan to run Spring Session classes beginning the week of April 13 (postponed one week). However, in case the situation continues to change, we have asked all 2D Faculty to think about how to transition their material to a real time online platform. Our staff will be working with Faculty on these potential plans for the future, and in the meantime, we will be sharing many art activities and projects that families and individuals can enjoy right now. Our Art at Home portal is now live, and we will be adding content for different age groups throughout the coming weeks. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. Thank you for your support during this time!

Updated 3/16/20, 12:30pm

During this time of uncertainty, we share your concerns for the health and safety of our community and we continue to focus on the powerful and vital role art plays during times of crisis. Now more than ever, we believe that art helps us connect, relieve stress, express emotion, have fun and so much more.

Following Governor Baker’s announcement on Sunday, the BAC will remain closed through April 7. We will work with students from the Winter Session to schedule potential make-ups once the BAC reopens to the public.

At this time, we plan to run Spring Session classes beginning the week of April 13 (postponed one week). However, in case the situation continues to change, we are working with our Faculty to coordinate a series of real time online classes in 2D mediums for children, teens and adults, along with private lessons. Should you decide to withdraw from a scheduled class, refunds are available for enrolled students up to one week prior to the beginning of a class or workshop. There is a $25 non-refundable fee. Requests made after the one-week period may receive a credit to use toward a future class.

We deeply believe that access to opportunities in the arts should be accessible to all, especially during these very challenging and isolating times. We are committed to providing engaging opportunities in every way we can for our students and community. We need your help to fulfill this commitment.

Typically, tuition supports 78% of the BAC’s annual operating costs. A reduction in Spring Session enrollment would be devastating to our organization and our ability to fulfill our mission. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider making a donation to our annual campaign. Additionally, if you decide to withdraw from a scheduled class, please consider donating your tuition. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

We look forward to continuing our mission of bringing the community meaningful experiences in the arts through classes, exhibitions and outreach. With your help, we will work together to ensure the BAC will be here for many more years to come.

Thank you so much for your continued support and for being part of our community. We look forward to seeing you again soon! In the meantime, stay engaged with us online through social media. We’ll be sharing content to keep you creating daily!

Updated 3/13/20, 7:30pm

Brookline Public Schools have just announced that they will close tomorrow, March 13 through March 27 as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The BAC will also close during this time. We are currently working on a plan for potential make-up options for remaining Winter Session classes and will be in touch with students in the next week with more information. Given the rapidly changing nature of this outbreak, we will carefully reassess the situation in the coming weeks and will share updates as they become available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this very challenging time.

Updated 3/12/20, 9:30am

We want to take a moment to provide an update on our COVID-19 response. We are working with the Brookline Department of Public Health and plan to follow Brookline Public Schools for any actions that need to be taken. There is currently a low risk of infection in Brookline. At this point, we are proceeding with programs as scheduled and are taking necessary precautions to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all of our employees, students and visitors.

We are taking the following steps at the BAC to reduce the risk of spreading viruses:

  • Providing time for students to wash their hands when entering the building and throughout class.
  • Continuing to follow our cleaning protocols and disinfecting common touch points regularly.
  • Working with the Brookline Department of Public Health to consider plans should COVID-19 become prevalent in our community.
  • Reminding staff to stay home if they are sick.

Please remember to:

  • Stay home, or keep your child(ren) home if you/they are sick.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive at the BAC and often with soap and water for 30-40 seconds.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Please be assured that we are monitoring information from local and national health authorities and are working closely with Brookline’s Department of Public Health to make decisions to keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you very much for your cooperation with our efforts to maintain a healthy and safe environment. We will continue to share updates with you as needed. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Resources

Website: Brookline Department of Public Health
Website: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Website: World Health Organization (WHO)

If you have questions about specific international locations, please also see:
Website: US Department of State Travel Advisories 

How you can help!

COVID-19 has already had a devastating financial impact on our artistic community. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider a donation to our annual campaign. During this time of uncertainty, we believe that art is a powerful and vital tool for relieving stress, expressing emotion, having fun and so much more. We look forward to continuing to offer opportunities in the arts for our community.