Safety First at 171!

We are preparing to reopen the 171 Cedar Arts Center campus on July 6. We are making operational accommodations to help our visitors, members, students, and our staff and faculty enjoy a safe and fun summer. We are requesting that you register online for classes and The Art of Summer Camps or call to register at (607)936-4647. Seats for classes and camps may not be reserved before payment is made. If you have questions, please call the number above or email us at

What’s New? What to Expect?

We have some new guidelines and measures in place to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Masks and Health Screening

  • All visitors (over the age of 2) and staff and faculty are required to wear a face covering in public spaces while on the 171 Cedar Arts Center campus.
  • Please bring your own mask.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask or do not want to wear a mask, we will have to ask you to return at a later time.
  • All guests will be health screened at the main entrance to each building which includes a temperature check, answering NYS screening questions, and signing in to the building.
  • All staff and faculty are also required to participate in temperature screenings each time they enter the building.
  • If you have a temperature of 100.4°F or greater, we’ll kindly ask that you and your party plan to visit us another day.
  • Social distancing efforts will be in effect throughout the 171 premises. Please follow directions on posted signs to ensure social distancing and on floor markings for directional flow.

Arrival for Classes

  • Entrance to the Drake House (155 Cedar Street) and the Bruce House (171 Cedar Street) is through the main Cedar Street entrance only, except for those needing accommodations. Other doors are noted as exits.
  • Please plan to arrive ready for class, as close to the start of class time as possible. Under Phase 4 Guidelines, we are limited to 25% of total building capacity. If you need to wait for a younger child, limited seating is available to ensure social distancing. We are also trying to keep changing clothes for class onsite to a minimum. Thank you for your cooperation!
  • For the time being, we will not offer concession snacks.
  • The water fountains will be closed and refrigerator water dispensers will be unavailable due to COVID-19.
  • Please bring your own mask, and water in a closed container.
  • Please note maximum capacity for each room, as posted.



Will you require masks for visitors?

Yes. According to the New York State executive order, face coverings must be worn in public. As a public location, we will require that masks be worn by all guests (over the age of 2) and staff when they’re on 171’s campus. If you have a respiratory issue, you may wear a shield instead.

Will 171 Cedar Arts Center provide masks if I don’t have my own?

We ask that you please bring your own mask when you visit 171.
If you forget your mask, we have disposable masks on hand.

What is 171 doing to keep visitors and students safe?

Thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of shared spaces and high touch surfaces will be conducted several times throughout the day by staff members. A log will be kept of all the cleaning practices in each building. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are conveniently located in each learning space  on campus. Signage has been placed in each building to remind all to maintain social distancing requirements and safe usage of our facilities.


Will temperature readings be taken at each entrance?

Yes, we will have infrared thermometers at the entrance to each building, at the Check In stations. We ask that everyone has their temperatures taken upon entering our buildings for your safety and ours.

What if I have a temperature?

If  you are feeling unwell or it is discovered that you have a temperature, we’ll kindly ask that you and your party plan to visit us when you are feeling better or no longer have a fever.

Will social distancing be managed by individual or by party I’m visiting with?

Social distancing will be by party (people you are visiting with). We will have signage to indicate spaces that have capacity requirements.


Can I register in person?

While you can register in person at the front desk of the Drake House (155 Cedar Street), it is our strong preference that you register for classes online or by phone.

What if I am at 171 and forgot to register for class or camp ahead of time?

Assuming there is space available in the class or camp, you may register at the Front Desk at the Drake House.

Will you accept cash?

Electronic forms of payment help reduce touch points, but we will accept all forms of payment.