MARCH 23, 2020


Travel is a beautiful opportunity to see the world and share viewpoints, locally and globally. Through learning about other cultures and people, we learn as much about ourselves. The AIP community is so lucky to do this work; create unforgettable experiences of immersion for and with you; and work within local communities to create ties between artists as well as bring economic development to the areas we visit. During this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we reflect on how thankful we are to share these journeys with you. This current world health situation is an example of how truly interconnected and global our world has become. Travel is valued by AIP, but as we make an effort to connect, to exchange generosities, we need to remember our own health.

As a small independent arts program, we are not affiliated with any higher education institution that may be restricting or canceling their own extensive study abroad programs.  Since the beginning of AIP, we have always monitored changes in travel, world health, and other issues that cannot be predicted, such as environmental factors. We continue to check on the World Health Organization website ( In addition to the WHO reports, we are also keeping apprised to media channels, and will continue to communicate with all of you and try our best to answer any questions you have during this uncertain time.


As of today, March 23 2020, it looks like many countries and municipalities are being extremely proactive to help control the transmission of, and understand the nature of the pathogen.


As a reminder, here is a helpful list of travel tips for staying healthy while traveling (and in our everyday lives):

washing hands thoroughly - sing a song for the duration (and maybe taking your own light towel/cloth to dry your hands to not use the auto dryers, but to also use to open doors, touch latches, etc. - lightweight gloves are also good for this),

hand sanitizer - carry your own, don’t rely on it being around,

refrain from handshakes and touching your face, mouth, and/or eyes after you have touched any surfaces as that aides the transmission of this particular virus. This actually is the best reason to use a mask (or a scarf) as well as to adopt different forms of greetings such as fist bumps and bowing. In France, they are encouraging people to stop the custom greeting of kissing each other on each cheek.

mask or scarf that will help you to avoid touching your face, 

water for hydration, hydrate nasal passages



We cannot reiterate enough that safety is always our main concern in planning and communicating to our artist participants, and do everything we can to ensure we design and implement safe and wonderful trips for all of us. All participants are enrolled in CISI medical insurance 30 days prior to the start of each program.


Travel Insurance:


Aside from the health insurance that we provide, we also HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to purchase travel insurance as well as the flight insurance offered when you purchase your airfare. We do not offer refunds if you choose to cancel your participation so the insurance is your best option to investigate. Please see bottom of page for recommended sources.


School credit:


If your school suddenly pulls their support of travel with their policies or refuses to provide credit for you, for something that happens outside of their purview, we will offer our support. We can do this by providing any paperwork you may need to appeal their decision, or give advice for navigating school policies. We hope that schools will leave decisions about your summer plans up to you, and we will be there for you if you need support. 




We have thought long and hard about how to proceed.  At this point, we are still continuing with our programming but on an altered schedule. Our Japan program occurs in May, which is within an uncertain travel period. Current travel restrictions are at level 2, so we decided to postpone our Japan 2020 program to August. Per our calendar, we do mention that schedules are subject to change for a variety of reasons outside of our control. Our programs are NOT cancelled. 





The healthcare system in Europe is accessible, and highly capable of  addressing health issues that may overwhelm a community. Japan also has an extraordinary healthcare system where even travelers can walk into a clinic. Japan in particular is known for its extremely good public hygiene.




The location of AIP is a huge asset. We choose settings that are serene and conducive to creative exploration. While in Italy, we are living remotely in a Villa about 10 minutes drive from the closest traditional village of Siena.  In France we are heading to Arles. Although busy during summer peak season, it does not see the level of tourism of other prime French tourist destinations. This means less population density. Our work is primarily in the studio, accommodations, and the local community as an immersion into the culture, community and various landscapes.


We encourage all to be as informed as possible about all virus transmissions in our global life. Understanding the prevention and what can make someone ‘at-risk’ is typically age and compromised immune systems typical of those in the elderly and youth.


Here is an article that provides further considerations, we hope that each participant will make the decision that best suits their needs, desires, and values. 





If you have already registered for a 2020 program and are deciding to not participate, due to whatever reason, please first communicate with your TRAVEL INSURANCE provider to find out the process to make a claim. We must receive in writing that you have decided not to participate and what option you will choose:


 - register for another 2020 or 2021 program (please let us know which program)

 - find another participant to take your place (in so doing once they have paid, you will receive your funds minus a $250 program fee)


This is a lot of information to digest.

We hope that you decide to stick with us this year.


In health and happiness,

Team AIP



TRAVEL INSURANCE OPTIONS (we are not affiliated with any of these companies):



TRAVEL INSURANCE OPTIONS (we are not affiliated with any of these companies):

JAPAN          FRANCE            SPAIN             ITALY            INDIA



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