Last updated: Monday, July 27, 1:30 pm

Arts Umbrella’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff. In all decisions, Arts Umbrella will adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We will keep this web page updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Ongoing Safety Measures

Students are not permitted to attend class if they are exhibiting any symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and difficulty swallowing, coughing or sneezing, or other symptoms as described by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control, or is required to self-isolate. Any student that attends an Arts Umbrella class with these symptoms will not be permitted in the facility.

View our COVID-19 safety measures.

Summer Session

Arts Umbrella will be open for Summer Session starting July 6, 2020. In compliance with recommendations from the Province of BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafe BC several new health and safety measures have been implemented as part of our re-opening plan.

We are thrilled to offer a mix of online, outdoor, and small in-person classes at our Vancouver and South Surrey locations. Registration opens on June 12, 2020. Schedules and class descriptions are available online at

Families who were registered for a Summer Camp in our old schedule have been contacted to arrange for transfers to classes in our new Summer Session schedule. If you have not received an email, please contact

June Online Classes

We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a four-week Art & Design Online Session beginning in June, with live classes led by the same Arts Umbrella faculty who teach in-studio.

As always, supplies will be provided as part of the tuition fee, with curbside pickup available.

Full details and registration information is available here.

Spring Session

Arts Umbrella Spring Session programs and most of our year-long Dance and Theatre programs to the end of June have now been cancelled.*

* Limited online offerings are now available for Professional and Post-secondary Dance and Theatre Troupes students. The EA Scholarship Program and Vancouver Art Gallery Scholarship program will be completed through online instruction.

For families registered in a Spring Session or Year-Long Program, Arts Umbrella has prepared an online form for you to complete in order to process a credit or refund. Please note that Arts Umbrella staff are currently working from home and will only be available via email. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. We anticipate all refunds will be processed by May 15, 2020.

Expressions Festival

Expressions Festival 2020 has been cancelled. Please know that this decision was made with the heaviest of hearts as we recognize how meaningful and exciting our Spring season is for our students, families, and staff, including the performances and exhibitions in May and June as part of Expressions Festival. We are profoundly sorry, especially to all our extraordinary students.

Arts Umbrella Dance – Auditions

Vancouver auditions that were originally scheduled for April 5 have been cancelled.

Arts Umbrella Dance has currently extended the video audition deadline to April 24. Please visit our Auditions page to download an admissions package.

Capture Photography Festival – South Surrey Exhibition

The opening reception for Location; Past, Present, and Future originally scheduled for April 4 has been cancelled. An exhibition is now available online. The installation of construct: past, present and future visions as part of Capture Festival’s Canada Line Public Art Project is open to the public at Olympic Village Skytrain Station until September 30, 2020.

Spring Break Camps

Effective 4:00 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020, all Arts Umbrella Spring Break programs were cancelled due to the evolving situation with COVID-19.

Full refunds have been automatically processed for students registered in Spring Break Camps March 16-20 and March 23-27.

As part of this cancellation, all instructional staff were compensated for their full Spring Break work schedules.



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Public Health Agency of Canada
BC Centre for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Government of Canada

Contact if you have any questions about Arts Umbrella’s response to COVID-19.