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Refunds and Cancellations

Touchstone makes every effort to run each and every workshop. However, the organization reserves the right to cancel a workshop for any reason. Touchstone will make cancellation notifications, due to low enrollment, at least 14 days ahead of the start of the workshop. If a workshop cancellation occurs, students will be able to (1) transfer to another class or (2) receive a full refund. Students who cancel a registration 30 or more days prior to the start of the workshop date will receive a refund of their paid deposits minus the non-refundable processing fee and a cancellation fee. Students who cancel within the 30 days prior to the start of the workshop date will not be entitled to any refund. In addition, no refunds will be given after the workshop begins. Touchstone is not responsible for non-refundable or prepaid travel arrangements.

2021 Workshop Season Update:

Touchstone is pleased to be able to offer a modified 2021 workshop season. Based on best practices related to Covid-19, workshops will run at a reduced capacity of 6 participants, all multi-occupancy lodging has been converted to single-occupancy, and mask and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced. Our updated cancellation policy* can be found​​

HERE and our Covid-19 Policies and Procedures* can be found​​ HERE *Subject to change.

 

Student Safety Guidelines

  • By enrolling in a workshop, students assume the risk of working with equipment and materials provided by Touchstone. The faculty, staff, and organization are not responsible for injuries incurred as a result of the improper or irresponsible use of tools, equipment, and/or facilities.
  • The use of alcohol in studio settings prohibited. No one is permitted to work in a studio at any time after consuming alcohol– this includes drinking before or during a workshop and also drinking at meal services and attempting to work in the studio thereafter. Responsible consumption of alcohol by students of legal drinking age is permitted on Touchstone’s campus, however, due to the increased potential for harm to all persons on campus, tools/equipment, facilities, and property, we respectfully request that students keep alcohol out of the studios at all times.
  • The use and/or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy will force Touchstone to terminate the student agreement immediately without a refund and ask the individual(s) in question to vacate the campus immediately and permanently.
  • In the interest of safety, health, and the preservation of our campus, smoking is not permitted in any building. No one is permitted to burn candles, incense, or other flammables in any building.

Touchstone reserves the right to dismiss immediately and permanently any student – without refund – for behavior considered unacceptable, including but not limited to the following:

  • Any behavior which jeopardizes the safety of self or others
  • Behavior which violates local, state, and/or federal laws
  • Damage to, destruction, theft. or misuse of Touchstone property or the property of others
  • Discriminatory conduct directed at a particular person based on race, gender, religion, sexual preference, age, national origin, or disability
  • Disruption of the normal functioning of the Touchstone community, breaching the peace, disrupting the work of others, and/or violating the rights of others
  • Hazing, physical abuse, physical violence, or threat of physical harm to others
  • Hunting or any related activity is not permitted on Touchstone’s campus
  • Possession of a deadly weapon on Touchstone’s premises
  • Refusing to follow safety procedures for proper use of tools, equipment, and/or materials
  • Refusing to participate in class if this adversely impacts the learning of others
  • Sexual assault, abuse, harassment, or indecent exposure
  • Unauthorized use of Touchstone’s studios, housing and/or other property
  • Use of alcohol or intoxication in the studios, underage drinking, and/or providing alcohol to anyone on campus under the age of 21
  • Use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Verbal abuse or harassment of others

Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency, students should contact the nearest available staff member. In case of medical emergency or fire, contact 911. Basic first aid kits and fire extinguishers are located throughout campus; please be aware of their locations. In any situation, always get help first and do not put yourself in danger. Emergency procedures, phone numbers, and directions to Uniontown Hospital and MedExpress Urgent Care are located in each building. A phone is located in the dining hall for 24-hour emergency use.

Medical Conditions and Allergies

Students and instructors are asked to voluntarily provide a listing of any medical conditions or allergies that staff should be aware of in the event of an emergency on the student waiver, release and indemnity agreement. It is Touchstone’s policy to contact 911 in the event of a medical emergency. Touchstone does not supply or administer any form of injectable adrenaline (epinephrine). If you have a known allergy to foods, insect stings/bites, environmental items, and/or other products, we strongly encourage you to bring your own supply of allergy medicines or EpiPen for self-injection. If you should have an accident that requires medical attention, call 911 and/or notify a staff member immediately. The Uniontown Hospital and MedExpress Urgent Care center are both a 20-minute drive from Touchstone. If you have a nighttime emergency that cannot wait until morning, contact a designated staff member and/or check the emergency phone list posted in each building.

Meals and Lodging for Guests

Please call our office at 724-329-1370 if interested in making arrangements for a guest to stay on campus.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts stands in solidarity with the Black community and condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear. As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

Touchstone Center for Crafts · 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. · Farmington · PA 15437

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