Liability Waiver & Cancellation Policy

Safety in All Studios

  1. Students must wear safety glasses in the studios at all times (GAK will provide safety glasses).
  2. Students will not load, unload or operate the glass kilns and furnaces.
  3. Keep long hair tied back.
  4. Do not wear articles of clothing or jewelry that hang off the body.
  5. Wear loose fitting cotton or natural fiber clothing (i.e. 100% cotton).
  6. Do not wear open-toed or open-heeled footwear (i.e. flip-flops, sandals or clogs) in the glass studios.
  7. Do not use any equipment without an instructor present.
  8. It can get very HOT in the glass blowing studio. Please be prepared and arrive well hydrated and continue to drink water throughout your time in the studio.

Liability Release and Indemnity Agreement

I agree that Glass Art Kalamazoo (hereinafter referred to as GAK, a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Michigan) and its respective employees, directors, officers, volunteers, members, instructors, students and other participants (hereinafter, the “Released Parties”) shall not be liable or responsible for injury to me (including paralysis or death) or damage to my property occurring during any GAK activities and resulting from acts or omissions occurring during the performance of the activities of the Released Parties, even where the damage or injury is caused by negligence (except willful neglect), including enroute to and from any class or event. I understand and agree that I am participating voluntarily and at my own risk in all GAK activities and I assume all risks of injury and damage arising out of such activities. I release and hold the Released Parties harmless from any injury or loss to my person or property which may result from my participation in GAK activities and events. I further promise to bind myself jointly and severally, my heirs, administrators, and executors to repay the Released Parties any sum of money that they may hereafter be compelled to pay on behalf of myself. I understand and agree the instructor has the right to end the class session at any time, for any reason. Instructor will do so when, in his/her sole opinion, it would be unsafe to continue with the instruction. Instructor shall also have the right to terminate any individual’s participation if, in the instructor’s sole opinion, said person is acting in a manner hazardous to others. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MEANS THAT I AGREE NOT TO SUE THE RELEASED PARTIES FOR ANY INJURY OR RESULTING DAMAGE TO MYSELF OR MY PROPERTY ARISING FROM, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES IN SPONSORING, PLANNING, OR CONDUCTING GLASS ART ACTIVITES. I understand GAK often photographs and/or makes other recordings of events occurring in the studio. Studio users expressly consent to their image, likeness, and voice being so captured and authorizes GAK to use said material for any purpose including all commercial, publicity and fundraising purposes. Studio user waives all claims for remuneration for said use whether based on invasion of privacy or any other reason.

Waiver of Rights Under State Statute

I further agree to waive all benefits flowing from any state statute that would negate or limit the scope of this release. By signing this release, I certify that I have read this release and fully understand it and that I am not relying on any statements or representations made by the Released Parties.

Assumption of Risk, Release, and Waiver of Liability Agreement

I understand that GAK has undertaken reasonable steps to lessen the risk of transmission of illness and infectious diseases (including COVID-19). However, I understand that GAK is not responsible in any manner for any risks related to any such illness or disease in connection with its services. I am aware that participation in the Services (including any related travel) carries certain inherent risks related to COVID-19 or other illness transmission (“Inherent Risks”) that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid such risks. I understand participation in the Services may include coming in close contact with other individuals and that it is my responsibility to refrain from participating in the Services if I am ill or not feeling well. I hereby voluntarily accept and assume all risk arising from such Inherent Risks and agree GAK is not responsible or liable for myself becoming ill or infected with any illness (including COVID-19) as a result of participation in the Services. I have read and understood this Agreement and enter into it voluntarily in consideration of the opportunity to participate in the Services. I acknowledge I am giving up legal rights and/or remedies which may be available to me.

Registration Policies

AGE REQUIREMENTSUnless otherwise noted, you must be at least 10 years old to take a workshop or class.

COST AND PAYMENTFull class payment is required to secure placement in any class. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis until full.

GLASS ART KALAMAZOO MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS AND PRIORITY REGISTRATIONMembers are given a 10% discount on Intermediate and Advanced-Level classes and workshops, but not Intro-Level “Make It!” classes unless specifically noted in the course description. GAK members receive first alerts on all new classes.

Cancellation Policies

CLASS REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONSAll classes, workshops and open studio time require pre-registration. Payment in full is due no later than the first class session. We encourage you to sign up early. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. In the event a class is canceled for low enrollment, full refunds will be issued. To cancel a class, please contact or 269.552.9802.

If you should cancel your class registration for any reason, a registration fee of $10 is withheld from all refunds. Cancellations received five days (or more) prior to the start date of class will receive a full refund minus the $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations received four days (or less) prior to the start date of class, will result in a 50% refund minus the $10 registration fee. Cancellations received within 24 hours of a class or after the class start date and time will result in a forfeit of all class tuition. If Glass Art Kalamazoo cancels the class for any reason, full refunds will be issued. A $30 returned check fee will be charged by Glass Art Kalamazoo for non-sufficient funds checks. Please note that Summer Camp and Group Events have a different cancellation policy.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHERGlass Art Kalamazoo rarely cancels classes or closes for weather. If a class or workshop is canceled, we will notify the enrolled students by phone as soon as possible. The decision to cancel evening classes or workshops will be made by 3 p.m. and will be listed on our Facebook page and website as well as WWMT Channel 3. When possible, classes will be rescheduled. If classes can’t be rescheduled, you will receive a refund in the form of a gift certificate.

CLASS MAKEUP POLICYDue to the sequential and skill-building nature of our Level II and Level III classes, missing days is discouraged. We understand that some circumstances are unavoidable. We will do our best to accommodate, but do not guarantee class makeup opportunities. If there is space available in another section of a Level II or Level III class that fits in your schedule, you may attend that class with the permission of the Program and Studio Manager.

SUMMER CAMP CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDSIf you should cancel your camp registration for any reason, a registration fee of $10 is withheld from all refunds. Cancellations received two (2) weeks prior to the start date of camp, will result in a 50% refund minus the $10 registration fee. Cancellations received after two (2) weeks prior to the start of camp will result in the forfeit of all camp tuition. If Glass Art Kalamazoo cancels the camp for any reason, full refunds will be issued.

GROUP EVENT CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: A 25% Deposit is due at the time of booking to officially reserve the studio. If the client should cancel the reservation less than two weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the start date of the event, it will result in the forfeit of the 25% deposit. If Glass Art Kalamazoo cancels the event for any reason, full refunds will be issued including the 25% deposit.

STUDENT DISMISSAL POLICYIf a student’s behavior is deemed to be rude, disruptive, or inappropriate, the instructor maintains the right to dismiss the person from the class with a warning. Students suspected of any form of substance abuse, including but not limited to alcohol or drugs, will be removed from the premises, given a warning and not be allowed to return without approval by the Executive Director and Studio Manager. In the event of subsequent behavior problems or suspicion of substance abuse, the person will be dismissed from the Glass Art Center without benefit of class refund or access to further programming.