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COVID-19

CCP is open at this time for visitors and artists. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sundays from 12 PM until 4:45 PM by appointment. Anyone visiting Mathews Park and wishing to see if the current appointment slot is open, please check in with staff at the front entry. The studios are open for artist members from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Call or email at least 24 hours in advance to make a reservation. Artists wanting to work with CCP’s staff printers on a project can call to schedule time.

What are we doing to keep each other safe?

As of May 19, 2021, the State of CT lifted its COVID-19 restrictions on businesses. However, CCP is taking advantage of the State’s provisions that allow CCP to enact our own COVID policies at our discretion. CCP is still restricting our building capacity to 75% the usual volume of workers and visitors. We continue to encourage social distancing, and require that masks be worn inside by all individuals entering the building, regardless of vaccination status.

Signage to remind everyone about these measures, along with making available hand sanitizer, a plexiglass barrier at the reception area, and increased ventilation are all part of the efforts we’re making to ensure a safe working environment. Addendums to CCP’s Staff and Member Handbooks were developed specifically to address the need to approach our activities at the Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, which all staff and artists are required to read and sign. New cleaning and disinfecting procedures are performed multiple times daily by trained staff.


MEMBER RESOURCE

All members and visiting artists must complete the following forms.

CCP: Member Handbook Addendum I: Working During the COVID-19 Crisis (updated August 2021)

This addition to the Members’ Handbook outlines all COVID-19 policies that are required at CCP. All artists wishing to work in our studios must read and agree to uphold the policies listed in this document. This includes our membership artists, workshop participants, and those coming in to work with a staff printer.


CCP COVID-19 Liability Waiver

Signing this form indicates that you have read the CCP Member Handbook Addendum I: Working During the COVID-19 Crisis, and that you understand the risks associated with working in a community studio during a global pandemic. Signing this also means you agree to uphold all policies listed in the Addendum, and release CCP of any liability associated with COVID-19.

AIR COVID-19 Guidelines

A guide specifically for our Artist in Residence recipients staying in our Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage.

 


SAFETY & PROTOCOLS

  • Each new and returning member coming to CCP to work for the first time since the COVID-19 spread began will need to reserve extra time for a one-on-one overview of our spaces and the disinfection processes with CCP’s Studio Manager, Liz Bannish.
  • Everyone must arrive and leave through the front door only.
  • There is a mandatory sign-in/sign-out sheet at the front door. Everyone must sign in and sign out every day they work at CCP.
  • All artists coming to work, as well as visitors, will have their temperature taken by a staff member when they arrive.
  • All visitors, members, and staff are required to wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please observe social distancing at all times and remain 6 feet apart from others whenever possible.
  • Please wash your hands regularly according to the posted directions.
  • The kitchen can be used to store and prepare food only. Please have lunch outside, in your vehicle, or off-campus.
  • Because we can only open to 75% capacity, the studios will be assigned such that one person can work downstairs in the etching room, one person in the papermaking room, and two people can work upstairs. The cottage may be reserved as well.

 


CARRYALL DISINFECTING KITS

A carry-all of supplies and cleaning/disinfecting products will be issued to each member for the day. Members will be responsible for cleaning up after themselves, putting away supplies, and disinfecting their individual work areas at the end of the day.

 


What disinfectants are we using?

We have introduced new chemicals in our building to be specifically used to combat any traces of COVID-19.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (Santa Cruz Animal Health brand) is a varied and useful chemical. It is viewed as an environmentally safe alternative to chlorine-based bleaches and can be safely used for the disinfection of various surfaces. Hydrogen peroxide is generally regarded as active against a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, spores, and yeast. With strong oxidizing properties, hydrogen peroxide is effective at destroying viruses and germs by attacking cell membranes, DNA, and other essential cell components.
    Caution! Damaging to the eyes. May stain clothing in higher concentrations. Hydrogen peroxide is being used in all studios and working spaces. It is to be used by staff and members alike.
  • Madacide-FD is an alcohol-based, broad-spectrum activity disinfectant used in hospitals, clinics, tattoo shops, and others. It has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on hard, nonporous surfaces. Therefore, according to the CDC, MadaCide-FD can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Rhinovirus [Type 14] on hard, non-porous surfaces.
    Caution! Produces flammable vapors. Only to be used in a well-ventilated area. May cause drowsiness or dizziness. It should not be inhaled. Madcide-FD is used in our bathrooms and kitchen, and by trained staff members only.

STAFF RESOURCES

 


GALLERY

The gallery is now open on a reserved basis. Click here to view our current exhibition. Please click call (203) 899-7999 or email info@contemprints.org to make a reservation. Everyone in your party will be required to wear a mask and sign-in at the front door.

 


SUPPORT CCP

Among many of the challenges, we have faced has been the finances for CCP while we’ve been on pause. We were able to secure a PPP loan and have recently been informed that we have been approved to receive an NEA grant, but these only go so far. In order to make the accommodations to do more activities online and then to fulfill the requirements to open, CCP has had to update existing and invest in new technology resources, purchase materials and supplies to build out and make safer some of the spaces in the facility, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, and sanitizer have been (miraculously in some cases) purchased and allocated around the building. These have come at considerable expense. We want to return to more normal operations and will do what is required, but in order to make that happen, we really do need help. If you are able and interested to contribute to CCP’s general fund, we would greatly appreciate it.

Click here to make a donation

 


WORKSHOPS

To help reduce community spread, our workshops have all moved online during the pandemic. We’ve developed a variety of ways to provide access to our educational programming to expand our reach and engage a broader community of artists and printers. 

Find online workshops, downloadable resources, private consultations, and instructional videos on our Remote Instruction page.

Have a question or suggestion about a workshop? Email our Workshop Coordinator at mmorrow@contemprints.org.

 


STAY IN THE KNOW

Sign up for our email list or follow us on Instagram & Facebook for more news about the Center’s progress. We welcome your questions and concerns. Call (203) 899-7999 or email info@contemprints.org

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