The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and Prairie Art & Gifts is working to help keep our volunteers and shoppers safe. The new safety procedures include:
- Taking in new artwork by appointment only. This will allow time for staff and volunteers to safely process new additions. Cloth/canvas will be stored for 72 hours prior to being placed on the sales floor. Hard-surface donations will be sanitized (if possible) before going on display on the sales floor. New artwork will not be accepted without an appointment.
- Increasing cleaning and sanitization, with extra attention to high-touch surfaces such as register area, door handles, display counters, tables, etc.
- Providing a plexiglass barrier at the check-out area to enhance safety of staff/volunteers and customers.
- Providing hand sanitizer at each entrance and exit as well as on the checkout table for staff, volunteers, donors, and customer use.
- Providing soap in bathroom for staff and volunteers and requiring them to wash their hands for 20 seconds at the beginning and end of each shift.
- Requiring that face coverings be worn by our staff and volunteers when they are interacting directly with customers.
- Ensuring social distancing of six feet or more and limiting the number of people in store to no more than 10 shoppers at any time.
- Altering hours of operation to allow for additional cleaning and artwork processing time.
- No in-person events. Events such as classes and exhibitions may be provided online instead.
Virtual Prairie Arts Camp
We are taking our annual art camp online – Zoom instructed art classes all summer long!
Enroll your child in 5 different guided sessions of art classes (30 min.) in your own home, all throughout the summer!
All supplies will be provided by us, with contact-less pickup options for you.
$50 for 5 classes ($100 value!)
Classes include woodworking basics, polymer clay skills, origami, and more!
If you are interested in an individual session, please email email@example.com as we anticipate making this an option.
Previously scheduled in-person events and exhibits are suspended until further notice. More info to be announced.
While there is a lot happening around our community surrounding the pandemic, we are happy to announce some exciting news: This past week, the Board of Directors hired Lori Kurpiers to fulfill the Gallery Coordinator position at Prairie Art & Gifts, previously held by Dawn Poore who is stepping down. The board is eternally grateful for the hard work and dedication that Dawn has devoted to the PRCA for several years as an artist, board member, and Gallery Coordinator. If you’ve ever visited our store or attended one of our many events, you know that Dawn has been an incredible volunteer and friendly face. Sincerest thanks to Dawn – we wish you all the best!
Lori Kurpiers is a UMM alum and Morris artist who currently works at the Stevens County Historical Society as the Office and Program Coordinator. As the new Gallery Coordinator, some of Lori’s responsibilities include overseeing general office operation, and recruiting, training, and scheduling artists and volunteers. She is also responsible for participating in the planning, execution, and promotion of PRCA events. Welcome, Lori, we look forward to working with you!