Dear Firehouse Art Center Patrons,
I sent out my first message regarding COVID-19 over a week ago. At that time there were no confirmed cases in Colorado and I really thought that with thorough hand washing, sanitizing and personal distancing, the Firehouse could do its part to keep the public we serve safe. In two days we went from “just wash your hands” to CU Boulder has switched to online education. And now, last night, SVVSD and BVSD moved from cancelling after school events to closing the whole school in a matter of hours. I know everyone is hearing the same rumors, and presumptive cases are right at our back door.
The Firehouse is a place where people gather to experience the arts, and it is of utmost importance to the Firehouse to keep these people safe. We are taking continued guidance from state and local officials, and are monitoring updates on the pandemic. Currently, we remain open for normal hours and we are continuing our disinfecting practices. We ask that visitors who feel ill to refrain from visiting the gallery at this time.
At this time, all classes at the Firehouse Art Center are proceeding as follows:
- 2nd Friday: – proceeding as scheduled from 6pm-9pm with exhibitions in our Main Gallery and South Gallery
- Saturday Art Experience – cancelled
- Grey Havens Teen Philosophy – cancelled by Grey Havens due to school closure policy
- Figure Drawing – proceeding as scheduled
We offer most of our programming as a free service to the public, but if you were scheduled to attend a ticketed event anytime in March and do not feel comfortable attending, you have the following options.
* Postponing your rental event and moving any monies to a rescheduled date
* Transfer of your monies (ticket or rental) to a gift certificate to be used at a later date (to be used before 12/31/2020)
* Donating your fee (ticket or rental) to the Firehouse as a tax-deductible donation (as a non-profit organization we thank you for keeping our mission and financial viability in mind during this crazy time.)
We will update our website as we receive updates and thank you for your patience as we try to keep the public safe through these fluid times.
As we are reacting to the news and dealing with decisions to close or cancel events it might seem that viewing or creating art isn’t all that important right now. I believe that arts and culture have much to offer in times of crisis. Culture is the glue that binds us together and expresses our shared values as well as our unique points of view. During this stressful and isolating time, that at best will just be a disruption to your daily routine, and at worst, will be life changing, we all will need alternative ways to share art and build community. The Firehouse Art Center knows that it will take creativity and courage, but we are committed to the work and hope we can count on your continued support.
– Elaine Waterman