A Message from the Board

Dear FYACS Community,

We hope this message finds you and your families well. As the board of Follow Your Art Community Studios (FYACS), we want to share our plan for a slow, cautious, phased and partial reopening. 

June Reopening

The Big Yellow House is still closed to the public; however, FYACS will offer one afternoon class and one evening class for youth and teens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the weeks of 6/9 and 6/16. Each class will take 6 students, or 8 with siblings. A few online classes will also be offered in June. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to offer a limited half-day program for grades K-5, and some creative options for middle and high school students throughout July and August. We will release this information by June 15th.

Safety First

We are committed to following all recommendations made by the CDC and state and local government to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our premises. And we are prepared to scale back our plans in accordance with changing guidelines.

In order to minimize risk for our staff, artists/writers-in-residence, and students, there will be safety protocols in place, including social distancing and mask-wearing requirements, as well as an agreement that class attendees will sign before entering the building. 

Financial Support

FYACS has been the fortunate recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program funds, which have been critical to keeping our nascent non-profit afloat during this crisis. However, we believe that only by reopening can FYACS financially sustain itself and fulfill its mission.

Part of our mission is to provide creative opportunities to everyone, regardless of financial ability. If you are interested in a space for your child in any of our programs and require tuition assistance, please email krodolico@fyamelrose.org

We want to express again how much we appreciate all of you, who share our commitment to building creative community.

If you are financially able, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. You can also donate specifically to our Arts for All Scholarship Program, which provides tuition relief for families who need it.

Share Your Ideas

As always, we want to hear from you! We invite your thoughts on how we can continue to meet our mission in this challenging landscape.

We know it will take a long time—and many small steps—before we can all be together again. In the meantime, please know that our commitment to building a local creative community is stronger than ever.

The Follow Your Art Community Studios Board of Directors
Kris Rodolico, Sara Reish Desmond, Martha Grover, Adam LaFrance, Sue Dragoo Lembo, Elizabeth Christopher, and Alaine Breen