The inspiration for Total Arts! started back in 2015 when Michele first helped develop and lead a Creative Arts Sampler program to provide young children with the opportunity to explore, discover, and create as part of a Sports & Arts summer camp. While Amy and Michele have known each other since 2014, it wasn't until early 2020 that they began to discuss the idea of forming a partnership to bring the creative arts workshops to life in the wider community.
March 3, 2020 brought great excitement when official planning began for the launch of Total Arts! as the workshop division of Mile 54 Fine Art Studio. Just over a week later, COVID19 shut down the country and the uncertainty it brought immediately stalled plans. As the summer approached, Amy and Michele decided to get back to work, adapting their original ideas to accommodate remote learning options and whatever the new normal might be for in-person workshops.
With COVID19 and related restrictions still impacting our community, Total Arts! has been able to offer remote learning options, adding in-person workshops when appropriate, following all state guidelines for managing COVID. We have been able to move forward with excitement, adapting as we go to changes in regulations, providing opportunities for everyone to discover their creative potential!
Total Arts signed a lease for our own space in June of 2021. We will take possession in August and plan to begin running our signature creative arts workshops in September of 2021. We are excited to be setting down roots in the local community and working with other creative community members to support the arts in Peabody, MA and surrounding towns. Stay tuned for our new schedule and let us know what you would like to see us offer for children, teens, and adults.
Explore. Discover. Create.