Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Friends of Textile Center,

Today the Textile Center Board of Directors has two important announcements to share related to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Textile Center will remain closed to the public through May 31, 2020. All classes and events planned for the month of May are being either rescheduled or cancelled.
  • All but four of our Textile Center staff members are being temporarily furloughed April 6, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Four staff members will remain on duty during this time, ensuring that basic operations for Textile Center are covered.

“Our dedicated Textile Center staff is the lifeblood of our organization, and the decision to furlough staff is very difficult,” says Textile Center Board President Ella Ramsey. “However, it’s what we must do to ensure the long-term viability for Textile Center. To support our furloughed staff as much as possible, we are paying their wages through April 5, and we will cover their medical and dental premiums 100% through May 31. We are grateful to the staff who are remaining on duty during this crisis. Their plates will be very full as we continue to maintain a base level of operations.”

The four staff members remaining on duty are Executive Director Karl Reichert, Director of Administration Nancy Gross, Director of Finance Jayne Usery, and Communications Associate Mia Finnamore. They are all taking a reduction in salaries through May 31, 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting us all with an extraordinary challenge, and there are no easy answers as to how we can best proceed,” says Mariana Shulstad, who assumes the role as Textile Center’s new president on April 1, 2020, the start of our new fiscal year. “Textile Center is a resilient organization, and we look forward to when we can re-open our doors and get our programming back into full swing. This will require careful financial stewardship. We want to ensure that we have the resources available to bring our staff back into full employment and to re-engage our exceptional programs once this crisis has passed.”

Information for Textile Center members:

  • Books or periodicals due for return to our Library during this time period will be automatically renewed.
  • Memberships that are up for renewal during this time period will remain active.
  • Our Show & Tell initiative is receiving a lot of activity through our social media. We hope that you will continue to participate during these weeks to come. It’s a great opportunity for us to inspire each other through our creative work.

We will keep you informed as plans evolve in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if you have questions, ideas, or feedback, you are welcome to contact Executive Director Karl Reichert at

We appreciate your ongoing support during this time of crisis. We ask you all to take good care. We can’t wait to see you when we are able to reopen our doors and gather together in community.

— Karl Reichert, Executive Director

Monday, March 16, 2020

To our Textile Center Library patrons … a message from Librarian Nancy Mambi (and 2020 Spun Gold Award recipient):

Don’t worry about overdue books! Any books that are due between March 16 through April 5, 2020, have been automatically renewed. The new due date is April 20, 2020. Stay safe, and create something fun that you can share with us through social media or here at Textile Center when we all return!”

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Friends of Textile Center,

Following Gov. Tim Walz press conference today declaring a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota due to COVID-19, we are closing Textile Center to the public beginning this Sunday, March 15, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please note the following:

    • Registrations for all Textile Center classes taking place through the end of April are suspended. Everyone who has registered for classes taking place through April will be contacted individually by Textile Center staff. (If you are registered for a class through April 30, feel free to reach out to Rebeca Hulme, Adult Education Associate, at
    • Textile Center’s World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale (set for April 16 through April 18, 2020) will be postponed until June, with dates to be determined.
    • Textile Center’s Pride exhibition reception set for Thursday, April 2, 2020, will also be moved to a date in June.
    • We will be fully staffed during this time, working both in office and remotely. If you need to contact a team member, email is most efficient. Email information for our team is available at:

Depending on the status of COVID-19 in our region, Textile Center will determine in the next few weeks whether or not this closure will be extended. Our hope is that we will be able to open our exhibitions, retail shop, and library to the public on Monday, April 6, 2020.

We appreciate the generosity and understanding of our Textile Center community. While we will certainly provide a full refund for tuition paid for classes that are canceled or postponed, we would be grateful if you would consider applying your tuition to a future class, or to donate those funds to sustain our organization during this very challenging time.

Because we are a community arts center, we will miss seeing you during these weeks to come, but let’s be sure to stay in touch via our social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram. We need each other’s support and creative inspiration now more than ever!

Take good care,

Karl Reichert, Executive Director