Art & Performing Arts

School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division/Facilities Safety Guidelines

As artists we are particularly prepared for the creative problem solving necessary to face the challenges and build on the opportunities created by COVID-19. Our skills are many and they will support us and others. We are resilient, spatially aware, agile, collaborative, observant, creative, embodied and community minded.

We are a community. We each care for the physical, mental and emotional health of the community through our actions before, during and after class.

Physical distance is essential. We will respect our own space and the space of others both in and out of the art studios. For the opportunity to create art in-person together we must learn to safely distance.

Masks protect everyone and are essential. The cleaning and care of the shared making and learning space is everyone’s responsibility.

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/studio/lab rehearsal activities.
We are committed to communicating with you and listening to you throughout the semester.

Town Hall Schedule Bi-Weekly Thursday, 6-7 pm:
  • September 3
  • September 17
  • October 1
  • October 15
  • October 29
  • November 12
  • December 3
Students with rotating studio access should only be in studio spaces on designated days; labs and shops can be used on any day based on availability. Shop and studio spaces will be open. Students will need to schedule time to work in shops and labs online using an online scheduling system.

BUILDING OPEN HOURS:
  • Harder Hall: 8 am-midnight
  • Binns-Merrill Hall: 8 am-midnight
  • Miller: 9 am-9 pm
STUDIO SPACES
To maintain safe distance in studios, furniture and equipment spacing has been adjusted to create safe distances. Please do not relocate furniture or barriers.

SHOPS
In shops where work requires areas of movement, we have developed zone spacing to allow for movement within the zone. However, be aware of the distance between you and those working in adjacent zones. Before you can enter a different zone, be sure other users are not in that zone.

COMMON SPACES
  • Harder Hall: The Moka Joka & all student lounges are closed
  • Miller: Student lounge, dressings rooms, and green room are closed
  • Restroom capacity reduced to maintain appropriate distance
  • Restrooms marked with occupancy limits

SOAD+PAD BUILDING FLOW

  • Buildings will have directional signage marking entrances, exits and flow through spaces
  • Only students who have courses and work will be allowed into the SoAD + PAD buildings
  • Buildings should be accessed by designated entrances only; ensure masks are worn appropriately and sanitize hands upon entering buildings
  • Leave buildings only by designated exits
  • It’s best practice to use single-direction travel through spaces if possible. If you must travel in a confined space, wait until the path is clear or move briskly past other individuals
  • Follow signage on elevators for occupancy. In general, no more than two at a time. Some are single use only

SIGN UP/FAST PASS

One Art Entry
There is ONE ART ENTRY POINT for Harder Hall and Binns-Merrill, which helps us monitor traffic patterns and keep Harder Hall safer. Only Engineers will enter Binns directly. All art students will enter through the Turner Gallery entrance, with masks and morning on-line self-checks required. There will be two tables, one for class time and one for out-of-class time. In-class will come with a fast pass to flash and proceed without a verifying on a list.

Out-of-class: Use signup.com to hold studio time and check in with the Check-In Attendants.

One Performing Arts Entry
There is ONE ENTRY POINT for Miller Performing Arts, on the north side of Miller 1 (doors above CD Smith Theater). As those classes are open University-wide, fast passes will be given to professors for distribution on first day of classes (and class lists will be printed at check-in). For out-of-class practice space, use signup.com to hold room time and check in with the Check-In Attendants in the box office.

Signup.com
SIGNUP.COM is live! We have launched an all-encompassing system of studio space sign-ups. Here are the highlights:

  • All outside-of-class time requires a signup.com appointment
  • No class time sign-ups are needed
  • Seniors and Graduate students: sign up for unlimited studio times
  • Signup slots will be "unlocked" for reservations 7 days prior, at 8 am daily

How does SIGNUP.COM work?

  • Visit Signup.com and "REGISTER" to start your account
  • For security purposes, you cannot simply search Alfred University. You must follow the links below for your area of interest called "Groups"
  • Each "GROUP" (usually SoAD + PAD divisions) has multiple "SIGNUPS" (usually specific studios or equipment) with "SPOTS" (days & time)
  • You may save Group or SignUp links to your phone's home screen for easier access - Do NOT download the $2.99 SIGNUP.COM APP, as that is just an administrator's tool
  • After you sign up, you may opt to filter to just see your own reservations

How does the one entrance and Fast Pass work?

  • Beginning 9/7, both Harder Hall and Miller Performing Arts Center will have one central entry point each for all access
  • Students will be given Fast Passes at the entrance during the first few days of classes, which serve as proof of classes, senior studios or graduate studios
  • One lane will be for Fast Passes and the other lane for signup.com appointments
  • Cohen, Brick, Fab Shop, Foundry and Mixed Material Labs will have own entry system and still require signup.com outside of class time
We still need many more work-study staff to make this run! Email Shelly (SoAD) or Laura (PAD) for a job
Shared spaces (classrooms, lecture spaces, and studio spaces) will have regular cleaning daily. Please keep spaces as tidy as possible to aid custodians.

Individual users are responsible for cleaning touch points before and after use. These include remote controls, door handles, banisters, AV controls, dry erase markers, vending machine buttons/screens and shared equipment/furniture.

Cleaning supplies for common and shared spaces should be located in those spaces. If you cannot locate cleaning supplies, please contact any faculty or staff member.
All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/performance activities

When is it okay to be In-person?
  • Symptom check - Symptom free
  • You need to complete your daily COVID-19 screening

COVID-19 Prevention

ARRIVE

  • Arrive dressed appropriately for work, on time (no more than 5 minutes early) and ready to work
  • Wear a mask that is comfortable and fits
  • Avoid adjusting mask by wearing one that fits appropriately
  • Bring only what you need for class (water bottle, phone/device, notebook)
  • Enter building and studio through designated entrance [See Division studio guidelines]
  • Sanitize hands before entering class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance spaces
  • Follow traffic flow signage to maintain 6ft distance from others and one-way traffic flow
BE PATIENT
  • Enter class/studio/theatre/shop through “ENTER” door (follow signage)
  • Leave belongings in designated areas
  • Choose the available personal space (indicated in each studio and classroom space) furthest from the door when entering
  • Clean personal space w/spray bottle provided
  • Go directly to your space do not congregate at door
  • No guests or visitors allowed in classes

WORK

Social distancing is essential. Listen and follow instructor’s directions carefully and promptly so that the entire room can work as one while maintaining appropriate social distance

  • Maintain social distance and safe practices in community spaces, such as the sink, trash cans, bathroom, outdoor areas
  • Keep yourself and work confined to individual assigned studio workspace
  • Limit touching of shared materials (paper sheets, paper rolls, push pins)
  • When looking at and critiquing visual artwork, avoid touching the work and maintain a safe distance between fellow artists
  • If you adjust your mask, touch your face, or other action that would add to spreading the virus, take a break and sanitize your hands
  • Avoid leaving the space during class. If you must leave, maintain distance and do not walk through others’ spaces
DEPART
  • Everyone is responsible for cleaning and caring for the space
  • Complete assigned cleaning tasks with generosity and care
  • Be efficient, begin cleaning assignments as soon as class ends
  • After space is cleaned, efficiently gather personal belonging and exit the studio following signage and traffic flow so that the cleaning can begin
DIVISION, FACULTY AND STAFF OFFICES
  • Individual students can meet in offices during office hours.
  • Must make an appointment, remain 6 ft apart at all times
  • Masks at all times except when in closed office alone
All Art History & Theory classes are being taught online this semester.
All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines.

Students are not allowed access to the studio when another class is in session. We need your help to ensure the safety of yourself, your peers and the staff and faculty of the ceramics area.

Ceramic Art Studios and Classrooms
  • Follow protocols for arts classes
  • Before beginning to work: sanitize all work surfaces with approved disinfectant solution and paper towels, available in each space
  • Complete work
  • Complete wet cleaning protocol as usual: use a clean sponge and plenty of clean water to clean clay or other ceramic residue from work surface, tools and *floor
  • Mops, squeegees, and wet-vacs are available in the main studio area
  • Keep clean, organized, dust free spaces
  • use sponges to clean all tools, equipment and surfaces
  • Use wet mop, squeegee, and/or wet vacuum to clean floors
NOTE: We must take extra care to clean floors thoroughly during and after working activity. Mop every time you are finished working
  • After all work and usual cleaning is completed: sanitize all work surfaces with approved disinfectant solution and paper towels, available in each space

Ceramic Labs Protocol

Studio/Lab access will be reserved by your class during the regular class time. To complete studio course homework, students will have to schedule timeslots through the scheduling portal. Students are not to come to the studio without scheduling a timeslot in advance, except during their regularly scheduled class.

1 - 3 hour timeslots can be scheduled to work in SoAD Ceramics area Classroom/Labs. The occupancies are as follows: Classroom Area – 45, Plaster Lab – 6, Glaze Application Lab - 6, Raw Materials Lab – 6, Outdoor Kiln Building - 30, Indoor Kiln Room – 0, Grinding Room Mixing Lab - 6.

AU approved; half face respirators are to be used in place of mandatory face coverings where respirable silicate products are handled in the powdered state. Observe PPE signage on laboratory doors.

The outdoor kiln facility will be considered part of Harder Hall for ceramic students will be loading, firing, unloading and cleaning outdoor kilns regularly. Loading kilns and overseeing firings can be a 24-hour process. A typical firing may require students to enter and exit Harder Hall studios approximately 50 - 60 times throughout the process. To facilitate this, the stairwell door closest to the outdoor kiln building and the loading dock door of Harder Hall will be used for in and out traffic 24-hours/day after initial entry and sign-in at the main lobby of Harder Hall.

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines.

Drawing, Painting & Photography Studios and Classrooms
  • Follow protocols for arts classes
  • All shared equipment needs to be cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Cleaning supplies will be in the studio and provided by the division
  • Masks must be worn at all times when in the studio
  • Keep hallway doors open while working in the studio as well as classroom windows when weather permits
  • Work only in designated space in the classroom. No working in the critique space
Drawing
Students are not allowed access to the studio when another class is in session.
  • Wipe down easels and shared equipment before and after use

Painting
Painting students can be in the studios with proper social distancing at all times, including when classes are in session.

  • Wipe down sink faucet handles with disinfectant before and after use
  • Wipe down shared easels in drawing classrooms with disinfectant before and after use
  • Wipe down with disinfectant before and after use of shared tools such as staple guns, canvas stretchers, hammers, screwdrivers etc

Photography
Students are not allowed access to the studio when another class is in session.

  • Wipe down keyboards, tablets, pens, desk area and printers with disinfectant before and after use
  • Only one person per printer at a time - must organize yourselves to maintain this!
  • Wipe down strobe lights (do not touch the bulbs!), umbrellas, cords (make sure they are dry before use), any materials used for making photographs
All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines.

Expanded Media Studios and Classrooms
  • Follow protocols for arts classes
  • Wear gloves while working in the electronic labs. Always wear gloves when handling ink and solvent
  • Gloves are needed because there are hundreds of knobs and buttons in the studio and they will be very difficult to clean
  • Wear mask and gloves while working in the studios - especially the electronic studios, even when working alone
  • Work alone in the video studios, editing rooms and sound room
  • No singing in the studios
  • Clean computers before use. Clean after use
  • No performances with other students in the studios. Performance and recording of performances should take place outdoors
  • All Cage equipment must be cleaned before turning in. All Cage equipment will be cleaned before being handed out
Institute for Electronic Arts
Under COVID-19 protocols sadly any in-person engagements with students and IEA Artists in Residence will not be possible.

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines.

Harder Hall Foundations Studios (1st floor)
  • Follow protocols for arts classes
  • 18 people plus instructor maximum capacity for studio activity
  • Windows open
  • Use restrooms on 1st floor, follow signage for traffic patterns and occupancy limits.
  • Enter the building through the double doors near the Turner Gallery, at Academic Alley.
  • Cleaning protocol before and after each class/use

Cohen Studios  

  • Follow protocols for arts classes 18 people plus instructor maximum capacity for studio activity 
  • Windows open, when weather allows 
  • Use restroom on floor or in classroom space 
  • Enter the building through the double doors on the top floor of the studio 
  • Exit building through top floor door leading to parking lot, or either downstairs doors

The safety and well-being of our campus and village community is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow public health, Alfred Village and Alfred University guidelines. Please continue to check back on event details as we may need to adjust format and limit attendees based on current health advisories. Face coverings and social distancing protocols are required at all campus events. Visitors to campus will be required to check in.

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All classes follow in person guidelines.

General Guidelines

  • Gallery capacity will depend on individual exhibitions 
  • Fosdick-Nelson Gallery - Maximum 16 persons allowed in the gallery including the attendant. 
  • Turner Gallery - Maximum 16 persons first floor and 6 upper floor including attendant 
  • Cohen Gallery - Closed for fall  

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hours: 11 am-4 pm weekdays, 1-3 pm weekends. 

Turner Gallery Hours: 11 am - 5 pm Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 5 pm Saturday

Gallery Exhibition Protocol:

  • Mask required by all employees and visitors
  • Attendants will remind and enforce a 6-foot distance between visitors while circulating the gallery
  • Maintain a no-touch policy throughout the gallery
  • No touch-based or interactive art
  • Prop both doors open for easy enter and exit
  • Reception desk, countertop and chair wiped down after each attendant ends their shift
  • Windows and aluminum framing wiped down each morning by attendant
  • Attendant will wipe down reception desk notebook liner pages after every use
  • First and last attendant wipes down door handles before opening and closing the gallery

Staff and Preparator Protocol:

  • Mask required (unless working alone with doors closed and a “please knock before entering” sign placed on the door)
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance when possible (exceptions: lifting artwork, handing up lights etc.)
  • Washing hands before each session, including after breaks
  • Wipe down/sanitized tools before and immediately after each use
  • Wipe down sanitize counters, table tops, tool chest, carts, ladders/lifts after each work session
  • Disposable gloves used when gloves are needed
  • See a task through to the end, sanitize tools and store away properly at end of work session
  • No food or drink allowed in the gallery at any time

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines. There are several unique aspects to consider when planning a safe return to the Miller Performing Arts Center. Enter the building through front door on south end of Miller  

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All classes follow in person guidelines.

Indoor Dance Class Guiding Principles and Practices
  • Physical distance is essential. Dancing demands more physical distance between people than walking and sitting. Transitions before and after class are times to stay vigilant about physical distances. For the opportunity to dance in-person together we must learn to stay apart
  • Masks protect everyone and are essential. There are challenges that come with wearing masks in terms of comfort, social interaction and safely staying put while moving
  • The cleaning and care of the dance space is everyone’s responsibility
  • Dancers are particularly prepared for the challenges and opportunities created by COVID-19. Our skills are many and they will support us and others. We are resilient, spatially aware, agile, collaborative, observant, creative, embodied and community minded

Arriving to studio

  • Arrive dressed and ready to move
  • Wear a mask. For dance activities EVERYONE must wear well-fitted masks appropriate for exercise at all times
  • Avoid adjusting your mask by wearing one made for exercise
  • Take off shoes and store them in designated areas (may include carrying shoes into dance space
  • Enter studio through “ENTER” door (follow signage)
  • Leave belongings in designated areas
  • Choose the available personal dance space (marked on floor) furthest from the door when entering
  • Double doors (both sets) open
  • Disinfect floor and dance space w/spray bottle provided (do this first so that there is time to dry)
  • Avoid walking through occupied dance spaces. Go directly to your space do not congregate at door

During class

  • Social distancing is essential. Listen and follow instructor’s directions carefully and promptly so that the entire room can work as one while maintaining appropriate social distance
  • If you adjust your mask, touch your face, or other action that would add to spreading the virus
  • Use restrooms on 3rd Floor, follow signage for traffic patterns and occupancy limits

What kind of movement is okay?

  • Standing warm-ups that stay in one location. Examples: ballet barre, isolations, roll down, swings, footwork, leg work, spine and head articulations
  • Seated work
  • Floor work that stays in one location. Examples: Bartenieff fundamentals, pilates, yoga, Feldenkrais, floor barre, improvised movement (Note: when working on the floor hands and skin that touch the floor must be recently sanitized and re-sanitized after. Important for all students to not touch their face during floor work
  • Dancing that is located in a small radius
  • Dancing that moves in and out of the floor on the vertical access

What kind of movement to avoid?

  • Traveling through space. Students and instructors need to stay in their personal dance space during class
  • Moderate to high aerobic activity. Anything that causes your breathing to become heavy is not recommended
  • Yelling, singing, loud projecting of voice. *the instructor can be heard with moderate projection of voice
  • Movement that works with disorientation. Students should be able to stay oriented to their personal dance space and social distancing at all times. If the dancing is too complex or disorienting, they are likely to lose touch with this

After Class

  • Everyone is responsible for cleaning and caring for the space. Please complete assigned cleaning tasks with generosity and care
  • Be efficient, begin your cleaning assignments as soon as class ends
  • Disinfect barres (if used) - Instructor/students
  • Disinfect piano and stereo (if used) – instructor
  • After you clean your space, efficiently gather your things and exit the studio following signage and traffic flow so that the cleaning can begin

Indoor Class & Lab Guiding Principles and Practices
All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All classes follow in person guidelines.

  • Cleaning materials will be provided within the classroom
  • Clean tools and materials provided for the class both at the beginning and at the end of class
  • The costume shop, design lab and scene shop are equipped with a sink and it is recommended that it be used to wash hands throughout the class, lab, or work period as needed as well as at the beginning or end of that period
  • Equipment users will be responsible for cleaning their equipment and areas prior to and after use. Students should only use the equipment assigned to them, and if other equipment is needed, wait until after it has been cleaned by the previous user

Miller Design Lab (Miller 220)

  • Every student will have their own worktable for the class. Please take the available worktable farthest from the door upon arrival.

Costume Shop (Miller 116)

  • Due to the nature of the work in the costume shop, and the arrangement of work areas for different processes, communication and patience in sharing those areas will be required. The costume shop manager will make the final decisions on workstation arrangement and time in a particular area

Scene Shop (Miller 113)

  • All safety standards for the safe use of the scene shop will be followed.
  • Due to the nature of work in the scene shop and the necessity of physically collaborating with fellow students, staff and faculty and the arrangement of the scene shop with worktables and equipment the maximum capacity of the scene shop is kept low
  • Cognizance on maintaining appropriate social distancing is very important. There will be times during the use of some equipment, or the handling of heavy materials may bring people into a closer spacing. Time for planning on how processes will be done to maintain or minimize appropriate social distancing is important
  • The exterior door of the scene shop may be used as an immediate exit from the building. The exterior door will only be used as an entrance when moving materials into the scene shop
  • Some processes may require the use of dust masks or respirators (for those who have been fitted and trained in their use). The use of a dust mask or respirator is a permissible alternative to a cloth face mask

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All classes follow in person guidelines.

The intent of this plan is to outline meaningful in-person experiences, and to proceed as safely as possible. Our plan is flexible — it includes online teaching and hybrid classes, while it is mostly comprised of in-person teaching. In addition to the safeguards that the University has in place, the Music Department needs certain specific safety measures of our own.

There is one, single, most important aspect needed for our plan to work. Whether or not you are in the Miller building, please be mindful and consider those around you. We will get through this, so we are relying on everyone doing their part.

  • Group dialog (e.g. advising meetings, study groups etc.) will be handled remotely or outdoors as much as possible
  • Enter and Exit the Miller Complex through the designated doors
  • Enter and Exit the rehearsal room 302 through the designated doors
  • For rehearsals, students will keep all their belongings and instrument cases next to their assigned seating area

Masks

  • Masks are required and need to be worn at all times while on-campus, indoors and outdoors
  • Masks must be worn properly at all times. The only exceptions are when changing masks, drinking from a water bottle, or playing a wind instrument
  • Masks should be washed daily with warm water and soap. They should be air dried or placed in a dryer

Stands

  • Students will be required to disinfect their stands and rack them at the end of each rehearsal

Classrooms

  • All classes have been modified and approved to be within physical distancing guidelines
  • Seating will be assigned in all classes. Students must adhere to this seating assignment throughout the semester
  • Class Piano sections will be conducted online. Students will be issued keyboards for the semester. It is expected that these keyboards be disinfected upon return at the end of the semester
  • Written Theory and Aural Theory classes will have both online and in-person expectations. Students will be issued keyboards for the semester. It is expected that these keyboards be disinfected upon return at the end of the semester

Ensembles

  • Ensemble directors will communicate the unique plans of each ensemble
  • The orchestra will be comprised of strings only. Students will have assigned seating for the semester and will sit one person per stand
  • All bands will have assigned seating and be appropriately spaced
  • Wind instruments will be required to use ‘puppy pads’ for instrument moisture, condensation collection and spit valves. Each student will be required to dispose of their ‘puppy pad’ at the conclusion of the rehearsal
  • Choral ensembles will be reduced in size and will have both hybrid and in-person components. Rehearsals will take place in the Miller Theater. Students will have assigned seating. Singers will be required to wear masks

Concerts and Recitals

  • All major ensemble concerts will be digitally presented
  • There will be no showcase concerts or guest artist recitals for Fall 2020

Practice Rooms

  • The maximum occupancy for all practice rooms is 1 person
  • A disinfection process and materials will be in place for students to use prior to and after using the room
  • Facilities staff also will disinfect practice rooms regularly

Applied and Individual Lessons

  • A minimum of 15 minutes of non-teaching with no one in the room will take place in between lessons
  • All applied voice lessons will be taught remotely and in person. Singers will be required to wear masks. Dr. Blades will be providing more information

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All classes follow in person guidelines.

  • All students and faculty will be required to mask in all “in person” classes and theatre rehearsals
  • Students arriving at an in-person class, without a mask will be denied attendance
  • Office hours will be held through ZOOM and by appointment
  • There will be no eating or drinking (except water) in or during any class
  • Classes where movement is required, students will maintain a distance of 12 from one another
  • In lecture/seminar classes, students will be provided with sanitary wipes to clean the place and nearby area where they will be sitting
  • As many classes and rehearsals as possible will be held out-of-doors
  • People in hallways need to keep social distance or wait until others have cleared the hallway before moving through
  • Student lounge, dressings rooms and green room are closed

All current University COVID-19 response policies apply for class/lab/studio/rehearsal/ performance activities. All Arts classes follow in person guidelines.

  • Masks or Face Shields must be worn in all SDS spaces
  • Plan to spend 15 minutes before the start of work in the studio, and 15 minutes at the end of each class/work session cleaning and sanitizing your work area and tools
  • Sanitize all work surfaces with approved disinfectant solution and paper towels/cloths, available in each space
  • Complete tidying and cleaning protocols as usual
  • Use wet mop, squeegee, and/or wet vacuum to clean floors
  • For studios that involve dust, fumes and sparks (esp. Welding, grinding and any work with silica) keep in mind that cloth masks are not adequate to filter out harmful particles and fumes, and can pose a fire hazard for some hot work. Cartridge respirators will still need to be used instead in these circumstances