SSA Emergency Notifications


Southwest School of Art (SSA) works closely with City of San Antonio's Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to keep our community informed as events occur.

Should there be a need to share updates due to inclement weather or other emergencies with our community this page will be updated and notifications will also be issued through SSA Social Media.

As always, we encourage everyone to monitor the weather and other news in your area and use your best judgment when planning your travel.

May 20, 2020

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to resume programming at Southwest School of Art through the COVID-19 health crisis.

Young Artist Program Update
To ensure the safety of our students and instructors, our Summer Arts Studios program will be offered through a digital platform during the month of July only. All on-campus youth programs have been cancelled through the summer (no youth courses will be offered in June or August). Information regarding open registration for the July program will be announced by early June after classes have been finalized. For more info, visit:

Adult Community Program Update
The Adult Community Program will provide only online class options this summer. We are excited to build out some new and interesting online classes to share with you soon. Look for an announcement of online classes by the end of May, and we hope to see you again in the fall.

At this time, we are planning for fall on-campus programming and are working on safety protocols to ensure a safe learning environment for all in our community. We will continue to monitor the advice of health professionals and local leaders and are working on contingency plans for situations that may arise.

May 7, 2020

The Southwest School of Art campus including all offices, studios, galleries, and the Copper Kitchen Cafe remain closed at this time. We are monitoring COVID-19 situation and advice for resuming operations from health professionals and city leaders. Please check back for more details. Updates will be provided as they become available.

April 8, 2020

At Southwest School of Art, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance. We recognize the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis poses for our existing programs. To address concerns, we would like to provide the following updates:

Summer Art Studios:
Rest assured, we are hard at work to find new ways to deliver our program safely through remote platforms to assure continued protection for all while still delivering to our students the quality art instruction that so many have come to love and expect. To allow the time needed to consider our options, registration will be temporarily paused until we have our classes for Summer Art Studio updated. It is important to note that classes offered this summer may be different than originally published in the catalog. Those who have already registered will receive communication about their options as soon as more information becomes available.

Adult Community Classes:
It is our hope that we will be able to resume some classes during our summer term, however we remain cautious and plan to follow mandates and advisories of our state, county, and city officials. At this time, our summer registration will remain closed until we know if it is advisable to move forward in a way that assures continued protection for our students while maintaining the quality of our classes. It is important to note that should classes resume this summer; the offered courses may be different than those originally published in the catalog. Please continue to check our website for updates.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

April 2, 2020

Southwest School of Art continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. In accordance with the mandated Shelter in Place order, the campus, all studios, galleries, offices, and the Copper Kitchen Cafe remain closed.
Registration for summer adult community classes has been postponed to the following:
Friends of SSA Priority Summer 2020
On-line | Tues, Apr 14 @ 9:00AM
Mail-in/Phone | Thurs, Apr 16
Walk-in registrations not accepted
Open Registration Summer 2020: Tues, Apr 21 @ 9:00 AM
Registration is ongoing throughout the term.

Monitor this page for updates. Please stay safe and maintain social distance.
We hope to see you again soon.

March 19, 2020

Southwest School of Art is committed to the health and safety of our students. To ensure we follow recommended practices for social distancing to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure, the remainder of the Spring BFA semester will be completed remotely. Plans for remote delivery vary by faculty member, mostly due to the nature of the coursework to be completed. Students will receive those plans in revised syllabi sent by their faculty on Friday, March 20. Please continue to monitor your email.

March 13, 2020

Southwest School of Art is following the area school districts and is suspending onsite programming for the Teen Studio Intensive and Middle School Intensive programs. Affected families will be contacted by your coordinator via email and phone to discuss options.

A message concerning COVID-19: March 12, 2020

In response to the growing concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest School of Art has assembled an Emergency Response Team to monitor the situation and take action for the health and safety of our community and the greater San Antonio community.

Public health and medical professionals have advocated for rapid efforts to mitigate the transmission and 'flatten the curve' of the virus to allow health agencies to gain time to respond to the crisis.

While we are not aware of any cases of the virus in our community, as a preventative measure at this time, the decision has been made to extend the Spring Break of our college BFA program one week until March 23 to allow administrators time to assess the situation and plan the remainder of the coursework required for the continuation of the semester.

The Saturday Morning Discovery program is cancelled for the remainder of the term. Adult community classes will be cancelled for the remainder of the term beginning Monday, March 16. All events, including recruitment events, exhibition openings, receptions and visiting artists talks are cancelled through the end of the Spring semester. Studios will be closed starting Monday, March 16. The Copper Kitchen Café will be temporarily closed beginning Monday. March 16.

Please note that we anticipate these circumstances to be temporary and are making every effort to mitigate the situation and return to normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Coronavirus Update – Feb. 28, 2020

Southwest School of Art is monitoring the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus through proven and trustworthy sources, including the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials believe the risk to our school community is low, but we will continue to actively monitor the situation. The health and safety of our SSA community remains our greatest interest.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations of health officials to protect against the spread of this respiratory illness in much the same way they take measures to prevent the flu.
The World Health Organization suggests the following tips to care for your health and to protect others: 

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 3 feet) from individuals who are coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of tissues immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.

These simple tips can help decrease the spread of many illnesses and should be practiced regularly. Rest assured that Southwest School of Art will continue to follow safety protocols and will be communicating with our local health officials to continue to protect our community. While we do not anticipate school closures at this time, we will have a plan in place to efficiently communicate with our community should that unlikely need arise.

Helpful Links:

Additional Information Resources:

Helpful Phone Numbers and Websites