Arivva Responds to the Coronavirus

Arivva goes Virtual

Starting May 11, 2020, our incredible visual arts teachers will begin piloting our Digital Photography class – our way of staying connected and supporting our students. Learn more here.

In April, Governor Inslee ordered that all Washington state schools remain closed through the school year. This important safety measure, and the continuing “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, means Arivva’s visual arts programming has gone virtual.

As the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department states on their website, “COVID-19 transmission is widespread in our region. Decisive action is required. Social distancing and basic hygiene are the best steps you can take to protect yourself.”

Our team of educators and mentors are hard at work creating virtual visual arts programming for our After-School students and other resources for our students to explore.

Our online Digital Photography class begins on May 11th.  Learn more here.

  • Video production classes are being planned.
  • Afterschool programs at Gates High School are all currently cancelled.
  • Plans are underway to open up on-site programs as soon as we can.

Find resources and opportunities at to virtually explore visual arts programs happening at partner Centers for Arts & Technology around the U.S.

  • Arivva students can participate in many of these programs.
  • Likewise, students from these Centers are invited to register to attend Arivva classes.
  • We hope to have Summer Programming up and running—virtually or on-site—by July and will be following Franklin Pierce district guidelines to ensure our students and community safety.

For more information, contact our Teaching Artist, Delaney Hills, at