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COVID-19 Response

See below for the most up to date information regarding UrbanGlass' response to COVID-19. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates in your inbox. For additional resources for our community members, click here



May 18th, 2020

We hope all of our community members are staying safe, healthy, and positive as this uncertain situation continues. While we are eager for the day we can gather our community once again, our decisions concerning reopening are directly informed by government policy. 

Governor Cuomo announced an extension of PAUSE in New York City to May 28th. The reopening strategy for the state is regional, with each part of New York required to hit certain criteria before ending PAUSE in that area. The region must then engage in a four-phase reopening, with phases distinguished by industry. Here is a link to the NY regional monitoring dashboard. New York City has not yet qualified to move into phase 1. We are watching closely how this develops. 

Arts, culture, and education are included in phase 4, six weeks past the lifting of PAUSE in the city. As such, we have decided to cancel all public programs, including classes, through the month of June. As more information emerges about qualifying for each reopening phase, we will update our community. 

We look forward to opening our doors to you all again soon. 


April 29, 2020

We dearly miss our community members in this time of social distancing and hope that you and yours are safe and well. We are thinking of you, and we look forward to having you back in our studio, gallery, and store once it is safe to do so. 

As NY State has extended the PAUSE order, we will remain closed through May 15th and are canceling or rescheduling our public programming through May. This decision is made with the understanding that our reopening will happen in stages as we plan for new safety protocols and allow time to reimagine how we can best serve each of you. 



March 25, 2020

Dear UrbanGlass Community Members,

I hope that you and your families are safe and well and I want you to know that we are thinking about you during this unprecedented moment. This time of uncertainty has led to an incredible outpouring of support from the amazing community we have the great fortune to work with, and we are incredibly grateful to hear everyone's well wishes. Thank you! 

In response to ongoing developments about the Coronavirus, we have made the decision that our studios and Art Center, gallery and store, will remain closed through April 30th

UrbanGlass has proudly served the NYC arts community and artists for over 40 years, offering a space for community, for mentoring and for opportunities to learn, create, and experiment. Our closure impacts the hundreds of artists who rely on our facilities to make their living, as well as the teaching artists and curators who make our year-round programs dynamic and engaging. Today, we launch a relief fund that will help ensure a sustainable future for UrbanGlass. This fund will help lighten the economic impact of this unprecedented crisis on UrbanGlass and the dedicated cultural workers who are the core of our vibrant organization. We need your help to remain an inspiring, creative, accessible place for all.

I hope you'll join us in any way that you are able, whether through donating to the relief fund, shopping for an artist-made gift in our online store, or by using our Amazon Smile link when purchasing your household needs while practicing social distancing. 

Please lend your support to ensure UrbanGlass can safely reopen, ready to serve the artists, students, and community members eager to engage their creative practices. We will all get through this together!

I wish you good health and safety during this difficult time.

Devin Mathis


March 16th, 2020

The Coronavirus is presenting us all with a dynamic and unprecedented situation, having immediate, far-reaching, and yet-to-be-seen impacts.

In consultation with the advice from New York City and State Departments of Health, UrbanGlass will close our studios and our art center beginning, March 16th through March 31st. Also, all onsite and offsite programming is suspended during that time.  

The health and well-being of our staff and artists is our priority, and so we felt this decision necessary.

If you are registered for a program that has been canceled, contact Kellie Krouse in our education department at kelliek@urbanglass.org for a refund. Please consider opting for class credit to use on a future workshop or donating your course fees in support of UrbanGlass’ scholarship program. 

This is a complex and evolving situation; we will continue to monitor the recommendations of NYCDOH and update you as new information becomes available.

We wish you good health and safety during this difficult time.