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COVID-19: Update


Dear Colleagues,

”We all exist in relation to the world, our partners, the human race.”  Playwright Sarah Ruhl was not referencing COVID-19 specifically with this comment, but it is a fitting statement of the Arts Council’s position in support of each of you. We will keep our member groups and supporters informed about changes we are making within our agency as we resist and adapt for COVID-19. The Arts Council leadership has developed the following preparations and recommendations:

Events:  In compliance with a federal recommendation to avoid meetings in excess of groups of ten (10) people and to avoid unnecessary travel for the next fifteen (15) days, all events scheduled at the Arts Council are cancelled until further notice.  Any updates or changes to this policy will be updated and posted weekly via email and social media any updates or changes to this policy.

Offices: Beginning Noon, Monday, March 16, the Arts Council facility will be closed to the public until further notice. Any individuals requiring access to the building will need to schedule an appointment with the appropriate staff member. To schedule an appointment please email admin@theartscouncil.com or the specific staff member you desire to see.  Most staff are working remotely - so contacting them via email is best at this time.  All staff contact information can be found at: https://www.theartscouncil.com/meet-our-team

Exhibitions:  The High School Juried Art Show is postponed due to school closings and the closure of the Arts Council facility. Future exhibitions will be determined on a case by case basis as more information is received about the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. Visit the Arts Council website for updated information about our exhibitions. https://www.theartscouncil.com/ACgallery

Artists: We recognize artists and exhibitors are impacted heavily at this time as a result of cancellations and closures...For opportunities where artists can find support at this difficult and challenging time, please visit:  https://www.theartscouncil.com/opportunities

Grants:  We are proceeding as scheduled with grant proposal reviews and anticipate no delays at this point in our typical award schedule.  If you have any questions about our grants process, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Kennon Jackson, Grants Manager, at kennonj@theartscouncil.com

Cultural Agencies: Americans for the Arts, has created a survey to assess real and potential economic impacts to arts organizations. I encourage you to participate so that the impact of the virus on North Carolina’s arts infrastructure can be documented.  Additionally, Arts North Carolina (https://artsnc.org/) provides up to date information on how COVID-19 is impacting us regionally.  We encourage you to contact your legislators and let them know how COVID-19 is impacting your agency by using the Arts North Carolina tool found at https://artsnc.org/call-to-action-impact-of-covid-19/

Friends of the Arts: The Arts Council will continue to support our vibrant cultural arts community.  We ask during these vulnerable times that you consider donating to your local arts organization. To find the organization(s) that need your support please visit:  https://www.wearethearts.com/

I invite you to write me directly at gregw@theartscouncil.com  if you have ideas for ways that the Arts Council can provide relief to our community.  Working together we have the opportunity to  minimize the impact of this crisis and come together as a more resilient community. 

Thank you for your dedication to our cultural community.  I wish you and your loved ones good health.

 

Kindest thoughts,


Greg Weber
President and C.E.O – Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County