Neilson Park Creative Centre Updates
NPCC has temporarily closed its building in response to the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Government of Ontario, which took effect on Monday, November 23. We will reopen based on guidance from the government.
Summer Camper Scholarship Campaign
We know of families in our neighbourhood who cannot afford summer camp – COVID layoffs, rent stress, front line workers – kids and parents needing a break. We are asking you to help us to offer Camper Scholarships to community children in need. Camps will be in-person, or online, if building closure continues.
You can make a difference. A charitable gift from you to Neilson Park Creative Centre’s Summer Camp opens doors that will allow children to participate in fun, creative and educational learning. A gift of $370.00 supports one child for one week of camp plus morning and afternoon extended care, $185.00 for half a week, and $74.00 for a day. Donations are 100% tax deductible.
With your caring support, more children in our community will have the opportunity to explore creatively, improve clarity and creativity in communication, and develop a sense of self-confidence in a safe, creative environment. Interacting with positive role models, and other young people, provides children with a renewed sense of self – an empowered self.
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Spring Programs For Adults
Registration for our Spring 2021 Programs is now open with classes, workshops, and open studios all available virtually! Please go to the navigation bar located to the right to view our catalogue or view listings for Spring adult classes and workshops.
NPCC uses Zoom to deliver our online courses. Signing up with Zoom is free however, it is not necessary to sign up for Zoom as you will be sent an email with a link and a password that will take you to the session directly.
Students will need a desktop, laptop or tablet and an internet connection with good bandwidth to participate. After registration, a Zoom link to enter the classroom will be sent to you by email a week before the start of class.
Summer Camps For KidsSummer camps are now open for registration! Choose from 9 weeks of camp offerings for Juniors (Ages 5-8), Seniors (Ages 8-12) and our new Intermediate group (Ages 7-11). Please go to the navigation bar located to the right to view our catalogue.
With unique art themes for each week, our camper's imaginations will soar as they create a wide variety of art projects! Should Summer camps be cancelled due to continued building closure, we will move all activities online and supply a materials kit for pick up at the centre. If camps must be moved online, full refunds will be available.
We are observing all governmental health and safety protocols. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.
Covid-19 Health and Safety Measures
- So that we may resume our art classes and workshops for adults and children, NPCC has calculated the maximum occupancy of each working studio, allowing for at least 2 square metres per visitor. Each individual area is clearly marked. (The term “visitor” includes everyone that enters the Centre, such as staff, students and special guests.)
- Visitor flow will be managed by creating one-way aisles and floor markings.
- A staff member will be positioned at the front entrance to monitor maximum capacity. Excluded from maximum occupancy requirements are staff, including teachers and facilitators.
- Casual gallery viewers are permitted entrance if maximum capacity has not been reached.
- Masks are mandatory for visitors 2 years of age and older. Exempt are those individuals that are unable to wear masks due to health issues.
- Visitors will not enter the Centre if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold. Visitors are asked to self-screen as per signage at front entrance. Symptoms to look for include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
- NPCC will keep daily records of visitors entering the building. All visitors are urged to sign in and out during each visit.
- Any program connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will be required to close for a minimum of 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then adhere to recommendations from City of Toronto Public Health.
- Visitors that are sick must stay at home.
- Visitors who have travelled anywhere outside of Canada must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Canada.
- If a visitor develops illness while at the Centre, they will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify a staff member and go home.
- Staff will wash their hands before donning a mask and before and after removing the mask (as per mask guidance), and before and after touching any items used by the visitor that has developed illness.
- All items used by the visitor that has developed illness will be cleaned and disinfected.
- If a covid-19 case is suspected, everyone on the sign-in list will be contacted from the date of the suspected illness and onward. The local public health unit will be contacted to notify them of a potential case and advice will be sought regarding the information that will be shared with the public.
- The Centre will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer (70-90% alcohol concentration) in dispensers near entrances, service counters and other common areas for customer and staff use.
- The Centre will engage in frequent cleaning and disinfecting each day.
- We ask that visitors do not share materials. Use of common equipment such as sewing machines and printing press must be disinfected between uses.
- Signs are posted at entrances instructing visitors not to enter or visit if they are sick, to wear a mask, and to advise of maximum capacity. Additional signage in washrooms remind visitors to conduct proper hand hygiene.
- Only two visitors are allowed in a washroom at the same time and are asked to disinfect with provided cleaner after usage.
- Only one visitor at a time is allowed in the kitchen.