Last updated: Friday, April 23, 2021

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 take the health and safety of our staff and students and Arts Umbrella very seriously. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, we have implemented all necessary and preventative measures in line with the protocols mandated by the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Authorities and our COVID-19 safety plan.

In certain circumstances, staff or students may be permitted in the building without wearing a mask. Anyone observed not to be wearing a mask within the building has sought and validly received an exemption on the basis of a ground protected by the Human Rights Code. Arts Umbrella is under an obligation to accommodate individual needs that are related to legitimate reasons protected by the Human Rights Code, unless it would amount to undue hardship based on health and safety.

If any of our staff or students continue to work, or attend class, without wearing a mask, Arts Umbrella has permitted that to occur only after ensuring that it is in line with the protocols mandated by the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Authorities and our COVID-19 safety plan, and does not impact the health and safety of anyone within the building.

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


With the opening of our new building at 1400 Johnston Street, we would like to offer a reminder of our COVID-19 Safety Plan and make everyone aware of some specific protocols for the new space.

Surrey & Granville Island:

• Common areas will be cleaned hourly at peak times; studios will be cleaned after every class.
• Handwashing and sanitization will be required of all students and staff.
• In-person classes will follow physical distancing guidelines.
• All staff and visitors are required to complete a health check and confirm they have no symptoms of a cold/flu/COVID-19 when entering a building.
• Students ages 6+ are required to wear a mask while in any Arts Umbrella facility.

For 1400 Johnston Street only:

• Due to the size of the new building and lack of exterior studio doors, we will now be allowing parents into the building for pick-up and drop-off only.
• With the larger elevator, we will be allowing a maximum of four people in the elevator at one time.
• Washrooms with more than one stall will have every other stall blocked off. Showers will be unavailable for use during this time.
• We have two rooms designated as Health Rooms for if a student begins to feel unwell. There they can wait for a parent/guardian/caregiver to pick them up.

 


Winter Session

Arts Umbrella is closed December 24-January 3, 2021.

At this time all in-person and online Winter Session and year-long programs are scheduled to proceed as planned. Should any new or revised Provincial Health Orders come into effect during the holiday closure, we will communicate with families on January 4, 2021 about changes to our programming.

Our COVID-19 Safety and Response Protocols adhere to all current measures recommended by the Province of BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafe BC. You can view our full Health & Safety Plan – including rigorous cleaning measures, physical distance guidelines, mandatory masks, and strict health declarations – online.

November 25 PHO Update

Mask Policy Update

Children ages 2-5 are no longer required to wear a mask at Arts Umbrella facilities.

All other pre-existing Arts Umbrella Mask Policies (as instated September 1, 2020) remain in place, including:

All adults, including staff and visitors, as well as students in the following age cohorts are required to wear a non-medical, cloth mask or face covering while at any Arts Umbrella facility, including studios, common areas, and Arts Umbrella transportation:

  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Teen classes
  • Dance Level 1 and up, when in-person Dance classes resume

Arts Umbrella welcomes religious coverings, and exemptions will be made for students who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. If you have any questions about our mask policy, particularly for students ages 6-12, contact our Student Services team at info@artsumbrella.com.

November 24 PHO Announcement

Arts Umbrella Dance

In adherence with the November 24 orders from the Provincial Health Officer, Arts Umbrella Dance will suspend all in-person dance classes, effective immediately. The department will proceed with livestreamed classes at this time. All classes will take place according to your current schedule. Families have received further communication, including your online class links. Please contact dance@artsumbrella.com if you have any questions.

November 19 PHO Announcement

Arts Umbrella Dance

We are pleased to share that Arts Umbrella Dance will resume all in-person dance classes, effective Monday, November 23, 2020. We are currently waiting to receive updated health and safety guidelines from the Province, and will be in touch with families if these new restrictions have an impact on our class sizes.

In-person Classes | Art & Design, Theatre, Music & Film

All in-person Arts Umbrella programming, including Art & Design and Theatre, Music & Film classes for all ages, will continue to operate, as permitted under the latest provincial health order.

Updated Mask Policy

Effective immediately, all students ages 3+ will be required to wear a mask while at any Arts Umbrella facility. Exceptions for medical reasons will still be honoured.

Our COVID-19 Safety and Response Protocols adhere to all current measures recommended by the Province of BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafe BC. You can view our full Health & Safety Plan – including rigorous cleaning measures, physical distance guidelines, mandatory masks, and strict health declarations – online.

November 7 PHO Announcement

Arts Umbrella Dance

In adherence with the November 7 orders from the Provincial Health Officer, Arts Umbrella Dance will suspend all in-person dance classes, effective November 7-23, 2020. To limit disruption to your classes, the department will proceed with livestreamed classes during this two-week period. All classes will take place according to your current schedule. Families have received further communication, including your online class links. Please contact dance@artsumbrella.com if you have any questions.

In-person Classes | Art & Design, Theatre, Music & Film

All other in-person Arts Umbrella programming, including Art & Design and Theatre, Music & Film classes for all ages, will continue to operate, as permitted under the latest provincial health order.

Our COVID-19 Safety and Response Protocols adhere to all current measures recommended by the Province of BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafe BC. You can view our full Health & Safety Plan – including rigorous cleaning measures, physical distance guidelines, mandatory masks, and strict health declarations – online.

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 artsumbrella.com/summer.

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 info@artsumbrella.com.

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.

 

Resources

Healthlink BC (call 811 for free health info in multiple languages)
Vancouver Coastal Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
BC Centre for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Government of Canada

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