An Update From Our Founder & Executive Director

May 22, 2020

Dear CMS Friends,


The Chicago Mosaic School (CMS) is a community-based, small, not-for-profit business that cares about you and our community, which reaches not only across the street, but also across many borders in our local community and beyond. During this time, we have all experienced losses both large and seemingly small. But we have also seen the resiliency of communities all over the world.

Like many of us, I have been monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 virus updates and closings that impact us in our daily lives. As of now, it appears we will be entering Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, which means that CMS can reopen with gatherings up to 10 people. 

While The Chicago Mosaic School has always taken the safety of our students seriously, we are implementing additional measures and precautions – including a cap on class sizes – to create a safe and comfortable environment for our community.

CMS and The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics (GoCM) will be implementing the following measures beginning June 1st, 2020:

  • All students and instructors must wear face masks
  • When anyone enters the building, they will immediate go to the restroom to wash their hands and disinfect their phones
  • All restrooms, surfaces, and handles/door knobs will be wiped down on an hourly basis
  • All tool boxes will be disinfected before and after student use

(please note that these are subjected to change with updated state and city guidelines)

Additionally, we will be using the month of June as an opportunity for our students to complete their interrupted classes, and start up our previously scheduled workshops. In accordance with Illinois’ Phase 3 rules, we will not have more than 10 people in our studio or gallery at a time. 

We are excited to let you know that we have also begun, and will continue, to offer limited online courses for our students both near and far who feel safer at home during this period of time. We have rescheduled both Gary Drostle and Verdino Marzi’s spring workshops for the fall, and will continue making these tough calls with our summer visiting artists as well. 

In this time of uncertainty and crisis, compassion and kindness is something to behold and cherish. Because of your incredible generosity, we have raised over $26,000 to help us sustain The Chicago Mosaic School  programming through this unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis! This year is a landmark moment for us-  we are celebrating  our 15th Anniversary, and it is a unique time for that! I want to reiterate that we are committed to continuing to advance excellence in mosaic arts education for a  worldwide community.  We are deeply grateful for the show of support from our loyal community of students, neighbors, and supporters.

If you have the means and ability, please consider supporting us with a contribution as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Even the smallest gift can make the most significant impact that will help us recover from a completely unprecedented challenge this year. Any donation of $100+ will receive a hand-made mask by CMS Faculty Member Etty Hasak. 

I hope that you stay safe, clean, and maybe comforted knowing that The Chicago Mosaic School will continue to provide programming that inspires and encourages you to keep creating. CMS, along with many small businesses, plays a very important role in our society by facilitating the experience of joy and community connection through art in our busy and challenging world. We feel a strong responsibility to serve you through this time as a community that has birthed art, friendships, and inspiration. Thank you for being part of our family. 


With Love, Wellness and Gratitude,

Karen Ami

Founder & Executive Director

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