Embracing Arlington Arts surveyed Northern Virginia arts organizations on how and when they are planning to reopen to the public and provided this input to the Virginia Governor’s “Reopening Task Force.” Here is an Executive Summary of the responses:
Visual arts venues/galleries are looking to reopen in the fall, although without opening receptions. They would follow CDC/regional guidelines for gallery visitors and require social distancing, masks and have sanitizer available.
Performing arts/theater responses tended to break down by budget size and whether they had their own venue. Larger organizations with venues anticipate not reopening until February/March 2021, or when a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available.
Mid-sized theaters with their own venues offered mixed responses, with some hopeful that they could open in the fall, but others saying not until a vaccine was available. All are anticipating social distancing, limited seating, masks, etc. Others are researching alternative options (i.e., plexiglass partitions) and revamping their performance choices.
Smaller theaters which perform out of rented venues are hopeful that they can begin productions in the fall. However, they all state that the ultimate decision is up to the venue.
Every organization has ramped up online content, are keeping in close contact with their patrons and supporters through email, social media and telephone calls, and are making plans for even more live streaming events and programming.