COVID-19 Guest Information

March 12, 2020

UPDATED 5/18/2020 2:00 pm


The Governor’s Directive on Thursday, May 14, permits facilities such as Richland Academy of the Arts to open utilizing best safety and health practices for all. With consultation from the Richland County Health Department Richland Academy and the Ohio Arts Council, the Board of Directors, faculty, staff are very excited about having you back to participate in all our arts experiences and more.

We want to thank you for your continued loyalty to RAA as we navigated the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you well know, the pandemic has changed day-to-day life and created a profoundly different reality which we have adopted and embrace. Please see attached “Preparedness Plan” as recommended by our Board Executive Committee.




5-21 Summer classes, camps, intensives, and private instruction schedules will be posted

5-21 Scholarship Information Available for tuition assistance; Scholarship Applications due 6/11 by 3 pm

5-26 Registration for Summer Begins

5-1 Building opens officially with limited hours (information to follow)

6-15 Summer 2020 classes begin



We are grateful and deeply appreciative of our instructors who accepted the challenge to create “on-line” and multi-platform experiences for our students and the community. The time, effort and creative thinking is an indication of the excellent instructors available to you at the Academy.

No one has been sadder than faculty and staff about the loss of in person instructional time.

The Board of Directors and myself have determined the following consideration for any payment since March 16 through May 25:

The Board has adopted the RAA C-19 Financial Policy :

Payments are due for classes through the 2nd week of March. No payments are due for the 2 weeks of March and April. In an event such as the Covid 19 pandemic, customers will be given a choice of

(1) donation of paid tuition unused to RAA,

(2) credit of any unused funds toward future RAA classes or

(3) refund of unused funds within a 30 day period.

We all understand that this has been a difficult time for everyone including non-profit arts organizations. All private instruction will continue to be paid for all lessons prior to taking.

RECITALS; dance and music

Every attempt is being made to create something in celebration of both our dance and music students. The limitation of group size remains the problem, but we are still working on it! Thank you for understanding.


Richland Academy Board of Directors

Marianne Cooper, Executive Director

Brian Hamilton, President

Check out Facebook, RAA YouTube Channel, website and Instagram for updates!

UPDATED 4/3/2020 2:00 pm

Richland Academy Students, Families and Friends- Something to Look Forward To:

Students and staff, we know – boy, do we know! – how long and how hard our students had been working on their amazing projects in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and kenpo until the closure.

As soon as we have permission, the Academy will reopen and finish spring classes . . . AND we will be holding all spring performances in our building! We’re not exactly sure what those performances will look like, but rest assured that we are brainstorming (from 6 feet apart! and on-line) about all sorts of possibilities.

We had originally set April 6th as the day registration would begin for summer classes, but we clearly need to suspend that until we have a better idea of what the summer will look like for all of us. Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton have been very clear about what Ohioans need to do to help flatten the curve, and we’re prioritizing your health and safety with every decision we make. We’re excited to get back to making art as soon we can, so we’ll keep you updated regularly.

Any questions or comments please contact

UPDATED 3/13/20 2:00 pm

Dear Richland Academy Friends,

The health and safety of Richland Academy of the Arts students, families, staff and faculty is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring updates from the CDC. We are also heeding the advice of local and state health and governmental officials as this situation evolves.

Based on their recommendations and expertise the Richland Academy of the Arts will suspend all classes and lessons from March 14, 2020, through April 5, 2020. During this time the building will be closed.

As of now we plan to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. We will remain flexible as relevant information continues to be shared and will be used to inform decision making.

Once classes resume the scheduled weeks of classes will include the weeks of:

April 11, 2020-April 18, 2020 (Our previously scheduled Spring Break)

May 11, 2020

May 18, 2020

The following performances and special events have been suspended until further notice:

March 29, 2020: Music Recital

April 1, 2020: Summer Registration

April 4, 2020: Academy Salutes, Annual Cabaret Show & Auction Fundraiser

April 18, 2020: Little Black Box Theatre Performance

An announcement regarding ticket sales for the dance recitals will be made available as the situation evolves.

We will provide information on individual class schedules and other updates as we know more. If you need to speak with someone please contact us by calling 419-522-8224 or by email at


Best regards,

Marianne Cooper

Executive Director



UPDATED 3/12/20 

Dear Richland Academy Friends,

The health and safety of Richland Academy of the Arts students, families, staff and faculty is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country and specifically here to Ohio, I wanted to take a moment and share that Richland Academy is making every effort to gather information as it becomes available in order to make the best decision for our RAA students and community.

We are closely monitoring updates from the CDC. We are also heeding the advice of local health officials around Ohio as this situation evolves. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions. 

The Richland Academy staff is working extensively on internal health and safety protocols, for use at this time and moving forward, should we ever face other similar circumstances.

Based on the guidance we’ve received and the actions we’ve taken, Richland Academy remains open for business. Updates to this status will always be available on our website, on our Facebook page and through email.

  • As a result, we are increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning in our building and implementing students’ parents and class instructors to assist in sanitizing any equipment used. There is hand-sanitizer available throughout our facility and Clorox (alcohol) wipes are also readily available.
  • At this time, we are applying relaxed rescheduling terms for all classes, events, and activities to provide our RAA family greater flexibility in making decisions that are best for them, without incurring financial penalties. Instructors are encouraged to keep an eye on their students and pull students aside if they are showing signs of respiratory illness. We will actively ask people to reschedule if they are ill and will make sure our instructors are monitoring their own health.
  • Facility renters are urged to stay home if feeling sick. The rental policy has been liberalized so the fees for last-minute cancellations of rental time have been waived.
  • In our instructional areas, we’re doing all we can to make sure all of our guests feel safe, comfortable and welcome. We will continue sterilizing equipment that people touch.
  • Employees, part- or full-time, are encouraged not to come to work if they don't feel well. While not all members of staff receive paid time-off, we will make sure to fairly support the needs of our staff if they cannot work.

All of us here at Richland Academy appreciate that this issue is of great concern to many people in our neighborhood, city, state and the greater arts community. Our thoughts are with those who have already been affected. Please know that as news of this outbreak continues to develop, one thing will remain the same: We will make our decisions with the health and well-being of our students, staff, and RAA community as our highest priority. We appreciate your continued support and interest.

Best wishes,

Marianne Cooper

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