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Loft Class Policies and Rates

Rates and Payment

The Loft strives to increase access to the arts by offering classes on a sliding fee scale. Please consider the quality and value of our classes and honor the scale.

With few exceptions, each class will have a

  • Regular Price
  • Loft Member Price
  • Low Income Fee
Member Discounts

Loft members who have contributed at least $60 in the past year or sustaining members who contribute at least $5 a month are eligible for the Loft Member Price. If you are not sure if you are a current member, please call 612-379-8999. Members of the St. Paul Jewish Community Center may take advantage of the Loft member rate for classes that take place at the Jewish Community Center (JCC).

If you are not currently a member, consider joining today to enjoy all the benefits of the Loft community. To learn more, visit our Join & Support page.

Low Income Guidelines

We define Low Income as a household of:

  • One with total annual income of $25,000 or less
  • Two or more with total annual income of $45,000 or less.
Scholarship Eligibility

Families or individuals able to prove enrollment in a public assistance program are eligible to apply for youth or adult scholarships. See program details below or click to apply.

Scholarship Pool Details

Both adult and youth applicants may submit one-time applications via the same online form (above link) to access available Loft scholarship seats throughout the year. Families may submit the same application for both adults and youth in the same household. Approved applicants then receive email invitations to enroll in select Loft classes using a promo code (about 1–2 weeks prior to a class starting). A Loft scholarship provides a 95% reduction in tuition for a class. The scholarship recipient pays the remaining 5% cost, which will vary depending on the regular price of the class. Note: registering for these slots requires regular access to the Internet and a valid email address and these seats are often taken quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Loft Tax ID Number for Reporting Purposes

For those who need the Loft’s tax ID number for your own or dependent childcare reporting purposes, it is 41-1297735. The Loft does not dispense tax advice, nor does it guarantee the IRS will grant deductions for expenses related to taking Loft classes. All tax situations are different; students should contact their tax preparer or the IRS for information on whether or not they can legitimately use a Loft class expense as a tax deduction.

Payment Methods

No installment payments. Space cannot be held before receiving full payment. A $20 fee is assessed for bad checks. If an agency, business, or other organization is paying student fees, payment is due at the time of registration. Purchase orders or intent to pay are not accepted. We do accept checks, money orders, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Class Policies and Guidelines

Cancellations

A nonrefundable fee of 15% is included in each registration. Partial refunds will be granted for cancellations received before the first class meeting of a single- or double- session class; second class meeting of a multi-week class; or start of the second week of an online class. We cannot refund students for missed classes.

In the rare instance that a teaching artist determines he or she cannot meet the needs of a student, the student’s full tuition will be reimbursed.

Low Enrollment Cancellation

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register early to help our teaching artists prepare and ensure the class does not get cancelled. We evaluate registration numbers between 7 and 3 days before a class start to decide about whether to run it. Classes that do not meet a minimum enrollment may be canceled a minimum of 3 business days prior to the first class meeting with full refunds for all registrants.

A Note About Youth Classes and Childcare

Childcare is not a part of the programming the Loft is able to offer; consequently, Loft staff and teaching artists do not provide childcare for students during the 15 minute breaks between summer classes or before or after classes. Please do not drop young children off more than five minutes before the start of a class, and make sure to pick up children promptly at class end. Please keep in mind that Open Book is a public building in a busy downtown area; generally older teens are fine—and welcome—to hang out on their own in the building if they sign up for multiple classes. Open Book is home to many different businesses, including a lovely book arts gallery and coffee shop on the first floor.

Bad Weather Policy

Cancellations for weather are extremely rare. The Loft follows the lead of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus; if classes are cancelled there, consider them cancelled at the Loft. Call 612-379-8999 to check on your class or check the Loft website home page. A taped announcement and announcement on the Loft home page will confirm cancellations by 3 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. Sundays.

Student Acceptance

The Loft reserves the right to refuse a registration for any reason.

What to Bring

Unless otherwise noted in the class description, all you need is pen and paper. Some teaching artists may collect a small copy fee on the first day of class. Bring a sweater as some classrooms may be chilly.

Class Size

Most classes are limited to 17 students; 1- and 2-day classes may have up to 35 participants. 

Accessibility

The Loft is committed to creating an accessible learning space where everyone is fully able to participate. If you have a disability and need accessibility accommodation, please speak with Mandy Leung in the Education Department (612-379-8999). Open Book is equipped with ramps and elevators for easy wheelchair access. Assistive listening technology is available in all classrooms.

Location/Parking

Most Loft classes meet in Open Book, the Loft's home. Other courses meet at various suburban locations as noted in the class description.

Directions

The Loft is located in the Open Book literary arts center on Washington Ave between 10th Ave S and 11th Ave S. We are near the West Bank of the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater.

  • From the north: Exit I-35 W at Washington Ave. Turn right (west) and drive 2 1/2 blocks to the Loft at 1011 Washington Avenue South.
  • From the south: Exit I-35 W at the U of M West Bank exit. Turn left on Washington Ave across the freeway. Continue 2 and ½ blocks to the Loft at 1011 Washington Ave S.
  • From Saint Paul: Exit I-94 W at the 5th St exit. Turn right on Park Ave to Washington Ave. Turn right on Washington Ave and continue to the Loft at 1011 Washington Ave S.
  • From the northwest: Exit I-94 E at the 4th St exit. Turn left and follow any north/south street to Washington Ave. Turn right onto Washington Ave and continue to the Loft at 1011 Washington Ave S.
Bus or Train
  • Metro Transit has several routes that connect to the bus stop immediately across from Open Book at the corner of 10th Ave S and Washington Ave S.
  • The Downtown East/Metrodome light rail station is 3 blocks from Open Book on the Chicago Ave side of the Metrodome. From there, walk north on Chicago Ave toward the river, then turn · right on Washington Ave to Open Book.
  • For routes, connections, and schedules call 612-373-3333 or visit www.metrotransit.org.
Parking

Handicapped parking is available in the marked spots in the lot behind Open Book. You may park for free, (first come, first served) in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include:

  • Meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South. Cost: depends on which meter you park at. Plan on using a credit card to pay.
  • The Valspar parking lot (located between 10th and 11th Avenues just south of 3rd Street), Cost: $2 for up to three hours – just write "Open Book" with your license plate number on the envelope when you deposit it in the pay box.
  • The Riverfront Municipal Ramp: 212 9th Avenue South (across from the Guthrie Theater) and the Mill Quarter Ramp: 711 2nd Street South (across from Spoonriver Restaurant). Rates: $2 for the first hour and $6 for second and subsequent hours.

Ultimately, parking in downtown Minneapolis can be challenging (and more expensive) during sporting or other events. Plan ahead!