Update on COVID-19

Posted on: Mar 12

LATEST UPDATE

March 26, 2020

With careful consideration we have decided to continue to keep our studio and gallery doors closed through April 16, but a extension of that date is possible.

We’d like to again assure you that our staff is working (from home) and available during this time. Our team is also working hard to find ways to engage our resident artists while they are practicing social distancing. We have been in communication with our artists and are offering ways to help them stay engaged with art.

Additionally, beginning now through the closure 100% of the sale proceeds of artwork will go to the individual artist. Please consider supporting our artists during this difficult time by shopping and purchasing their affordable artwork. Shop Now

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March 16, 2020

While Art Enables physical studio and gallery are closed we’d like to reassure you that our staff is working and available. If you have general questions you can send an email to info@art-enables.org. If you have specific questions for certain staff please refer to our People page on our website for staff contact information.

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March 13, 2020

To the Art Enables Community of artists, friends, family, supporters, and partners:

Upon reviewing the current status and spread of COVID-19, and with the utmost caution, care, and concern for our resident artists, staff, and entire Art Enables community, we have made the decision to close our studio and gallery, pause our daily programming, and postpone our scheduled events through March 31. Our hope is to reopen as soon as possible but we will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as necessary in the coming weeks. As always, we will share additional updates through email, our website, and social media.

If you have questions or concerns about Art Enables closing please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the meantime, please find relevant information regarding precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 below:

  • Stay informed: We recommend keeping updated on the most current updates from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the D.C. Department of Health.
  • Protect yourself: Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. If possible, avoid getting on overcrowded trains, buses, or spaces.
  • Protect others: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Know when to seek medical attention: Stay at home if you aren’t feeling well. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

Again, we want to thank everyone for your support. We are incredibly grateful to be part of such a loving, committed, and passionate community.  Please stay safe.

Best regards,

Tony Brunswick
Executive Director

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March 12, 2020

To the Art Enables Community of artists, friends, family, supporters, and partners:

Understandably, many people are concerned with the effects and spread of COVID-19. We want you to know that our first concern is for the safety of our resident artists, staff, and the full Art Enables community. Much like the rest of the U.S., and the world, we are monitoring COVID-19 developments and following the recommendations of the CDC and D.C. Department of Health to ensure we are maintaining a safe and clean space for our artists, staff, and guests working in and visiting our studio and gallery.

To protect our artists, staff, and visitors:

  • We are keeping our studio and gallery disinfected with increased and frequent wipe downs of all hard surfaces—art materials, tables, chairs, doors, bathrooms, and other frequently touched surfaces, etc.—per CDC recommendations.
  • If anyone exhibits signs or symptoms of the flu while at Art Enables, we will send them home to rest and recover.
  • We are making available additional bottles of hand sanitizer and hand soap in our space.
  • We are encouraging frequent handwashing throughout the day.
  • We are encouraging alternate forms of greeting each other (elbow bumps, Hawaiian aloha signs, etc.!)
  • We are encouraging all visitors to our space to follow the CDC’s recommendations for preventing and limiting the spread of germs and viruses.

Currently, we have not made any adjustments to our regular hours of operation and daily programming. Our studio and gallery are open to both artists and guests Monday-Friday. Please know, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond and adjust as necessary. We will share any updates to our daily programs or hours of operation through email, our website, and social media.

In news to celebrate, we are thrilled to share the opening of three new exhibitions in our space, “Animalium,” “The District,” and “AMPLIFY.” We invite you to check all three out online or by visiting the gallery during our regular operating hours. We have made the decision to postpone our events planned for Saturday, March 21, which included an opening reception for our new exhibitions and our monthly community art workshop. We will keep folks posted on when those events are rescheduled.

As previously shared, we will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 closely and follow the advice and recommendations of public health officials. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

We want to thank everyone for your support. We are incredibly grateful to be part of such a loving, committed, and passionate community.

Best regards,

Tony Brunswick
Executive Director