A press release from the Worcester Center for Crafts announces that the Center, a host for a number of organizational problems over the past few years, will enter a “strategic pause.” All programming is delayed and the gallery store closed, effective immediately.
These steps are being taken in order to redesign and restructure the Craft Center and address the new economic realities facing both non-profits and businesses. A significant decline in tuition and other revenue sources, along with the tight credit market, has forced a reassessment of how we operate and how to deliver craft classes to the community.
If the Worcester Center for Crafts is able to garner financial support for this new operating plan, a late winter session/early spring session will be announced. Current registered students can choose to wait a few weeks and allow us time to regroup, or they may call and ask for a refund, allowing 2 weeks for payment. Students who have projects at the Center that need to be picked up should check our website for information on a special day to claim belongings. Gallery Store exchanges and gift certificates redemptions may be made upon re-opening.
The rumor on the street is that virtually the entire staff has been laid off and artists told they can no longer use studio space as of today.