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Community Building Access

UPDATE: Beginning on Monday, July 6, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond will begin to allow limited building and studio access to individuals who are enrolled in VisArts’ Community Studio Rental Program.

Other partially on-site programs such as community kiln firings, and pick-up or drop-off of purchased artwork or kits, will continue to operate on the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule with courtyard access only.

All access times are structured as two-hour windows beginning at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. with a mandatory break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for cleaning. Community studio renters may sign up for a maximum of six hours per week, and may not sign up for multiple time slots per day. These limitations are building wide and not studio specific. Signing up to access multiple studios in a day is prohibited. All studio work must be complete and all renters must clean up and exit the studio 10 minutes before the end of the scheduled time slot to ensure a smooth transition.


HOW TO SCHEDULE STUDIO TIME

To reserve studio access, file an appointment through the Acuity interface using the link below, or through your provided direct scheduling link. The number of simultaneous appointments is limited based on studio capacities outlined in the rules for building access. If a specific time slot is not displayed, that means that the room is at capacity, and another time must be chosen.

Schedule Studio Time

Renters may arrive later than their scheduled start time, or leave earlier than the end of their scheduled time slot, but may not arrive early or stay late. All renters will be charged for two hours of access regardless of the time spent in the studio. Studio access may only be scheduled up to a maximum of two weeks out. Appointments scheduled outside of this period may be rescinded.

Building access must be scheduled or rescinded at least 24 hours before the desired time slot. All scheduling must made through Acuity. Walk-in access is not permitted. If a community member attempts to reserve studio access without being enrolled in the community studio rental program, their appointment will be cancelled, and the studio manager will inform them of any further steps that they must take to be approved for access.

Not a current member of VisArts’ Community Studio Rental Program?

Student open studio access is not available at this time, but VisArts is accepting applications for its Community Studio Rental Program. For the foreseeable future, community studio rentals will operate on an hourly basis only. Ongoing monthly and yearly commitments will be honored, but no further monthly or yearly applications will be processed at this time.

Hourly studio access fees will automatically be charged in two-hour increments. If a renter has signed up for a time slot, and has not cancelled before that time, they will be charged for two hours of use. All payments will be processed on the day of the scheduled studio access. In the case of an emergency or unexpected circumstance a renter may contact the studio manager to receive exemption from this fee.


All staff and community studio renters must follow the rules for building access detailing mandatory safety precautions:

  • Covering the mouth and nose with a face mask
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Disinfection of all personal and communal equipment
  • While communal spaces such as restrooms are available, moving between studios or the rest of the building for non-essential reasons is prohibited.
  • Community members may only enter the building through the front gates, and must use the provided hand sanitizer station immediately upon entering.
  • When accessing the building for community studio rentals, the renter must announce themselves to a front desk staff member from a safe distance, who will confirm their appointment and automatically process payment for the full time slot via the credit card attached to the renter’s VisArts account.

Continued building access is dependent upon following these regulations, as well as the broader VisArts Code of Conduct.