Thank you for giving on Giving Tuesday. Your continued donations enable the Cultural Council to meet its mission of investing in artists and the arts and cultural organizations that bring vibrancy to this City.
We believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the recovery of the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, while also playing a constructive role in supporting local artists. As you know, the closure of museums, theaters, arts centers, performing venues, galleries, and schools has been crucial to protecting public health and well-being. Closed doors have been critical while public health officials and government leaders worked to contain the virus. Through that lens, arts and cultural organizations will continue to make decisions with caution and courage, informed by the latest science-based information.
I wanted to personally reach out to provide you an update on the actions that arts and cultural organizations are taking to help prevent the spread of the virus and support the health and well-being of audiences, members, customers, employees, and our communities.
Arts and cultural organizations are actively taking a series of steps to counter this public health challenge, including increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures. Organizations are also prepared to respond quickly to any emerging situation, leveraging the considerable insights gained from public health officials and government leaders.
We appreciate your understanding that, as the sector emerges, your experience with arts and cultural organizations may look different as we navigate through this time together. While some arts and cultural organizations are reopening soon, others are still adhering to government closings. All organizations are prepared to modify operations, programs and services with options that still allow them to bring you an encounter that is safe and engaging. This means that as we navigate this dynamic situation community-by-community and organization-by-organization, your experience may be adapted by limiting seating to improve social distancing, scheduling appointments for visits, encouraging virtual membership, requiring on-site temperature checks, and expecting patrons to wear masks always.
Arts and cultural organizations can’t wait until they proudly open their doors again and see YOU in person soon! In the meantime, please donate, continue to enjoy virtual arts and cultural experiences, educational activities, and express your own creativity.
Thank you for being a loyal supporter of arts and culture.
Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville