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LATEST UPDATE:  Updated on March 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm

To Our Durham Arts Council Community-Updated Building Information COVID-19

Declaration of State of Emergency in the City of Durham

Due to the Mayor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency City-Wide regarding COVID-19 Effective 5:00 PM Friday, March 13th through Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

In Response to the Declaration, the Durham Arts Council will be Closed to the Public for Two Weeks From Friday, March 13th at 5:00 pm through Saturday, March 28th.

Staff and Board Members of Arts Organizations that have offices in the DAC Building will be allowed access to work in their offices and program areas and access to storage areas as needed during the two weeks.  Performances, rehearsals and meetings previously scheduled during this two week period should be cancelled and/or rescheduled.

DAC Administrative and Program staff, plus front desk staff and security will be present in the building during the two weeks, but may be scheduled in rotation to cover essential duties and special assignments.  All DAC staff should report to work at 9 am Monday, March 16th.

For access to the building, arts organization representatives should either knock on the front door and/or call the Main Front Desk at (919) 560-2787 to be let into the building.  Access to the building for arts organization representatives will be allowed Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Please email Director of Facilities Anthony Zefiretto with any questions.

DAC School Update:  DAC will be suspending/postponing all DAC Intersession Camps and Adult and Youth Arts Classes from March 14 – April 5, 2020.  The DAC School Director will contact all students, parents and instructors with specific details of revised schedules.

The Durham Arts Council (DAC) is committed to the health and safety of our program participants, visitors, arts organizations, artists, instructors, performers, volunteers and staff that utilize our building and facilities.

We have been coordinating with and following the direction and best practices recommended by official local, state and federal agencies, including Durham County Department of Public Health (DCDPH), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the City of Durham which owns the DAC Building.

* Even during this two week closure during the City of Durham’s State of Emergency, DAC will continue cleaning and disinfecting of our facility spaces – public areas, classrooms, and surfaces.  We will be preparing to welcome the public and program participants back to DAC on March 29th.

* When DAC reopens, to prevent the spread of any disease, we encourage you to stay home if you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms of illness.  NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – over age 65 with underlying health conditions – should avoid large groups of people as much as possible.

We understand that this is a dynamic, quickly changing situation.  Durham Arts Council is prepared to make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in the response to changing conditions based on instructions from the Durham County Department of Public Health, the City of Durham, the Center for Disease Control, and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.

For more information for Individuals and Families, click HERE.

Durham County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

We look forward to resuming our normal service to the community on March 29th .

Please stay safe everyone and we hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Your Durham Arts Council Team

This public health emergency is having an especially difficult financial impact on our non-profit arts community with cancellations of performances, programs and fundraising events.

Please consider making a contribution to the DAC Annual Arts Fund to help DAC establish a special emergency fund to assist Durham arts organizations that are supported, in part, through our Season and Catalyst Grant Programs.

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Updated Program Information 3-13-2020
To our Durham Arts Council Community – An Update on COVID-19
The Durham Arts Council (DAC) is committed to the health and safety of our program participants, visitors, arts organizations, artists, instructors, performers, volunteers and staff that utilize our building and facilities.
DAC would like to take this opportunity to let our community know the precautions we are taking regarding COVID-19 and our current course of action. We are vigilantly monitoring the constantly evolving situation around the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to do so.
We are coordinating with and following the direction and best practices recommended by official local, state and federal agencies, including Durham County Department of Public Health (DCDPH), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), all of whom have helped us with the precautionary measures below.
* DAC has significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of our facility spaces – public areas, classrooms, and surfaces, and we have added alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers for public use in our Pavilion lobby and reception areas. We encourage all visitors, program participants, staff and volunteers to practice frequent hand washing, and make use of soap, paper towels, and tissues available in all restrooms, galleries and classrooms. CDC general hand washing information: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

* The Durham Arts Council building will continue to stay open its normal hours at present, but with reduced programming and usage, to continue to provide support and access to arts groups and the public. We are carefully monitoring daily information from official sources listed above and will update you with any schedule changes, closures, or program cancellations. Please note the following:
Based on recommendations from the NC DHHS and Governor Cooper regarding large-scale gatherings, we have cancelled our 2 large events in March – the Third Friday Exhibit Reception on March 20 at DAC (the building will still be open), and the Children’s Festival at Northgate Mall (March 21). Also, effective March 13, 2020 until further notice, any programs, events or rehearsals in the DAC building that plan to have more than 100 people will likely be postponed and rescheduled or cancelled.
DAC School Update: DAC will be suspending/postponing all DAC Intersession Camps and Adult and Youth Arts Classes from March 21 – April 5, 2020. The DAC School Director will contact all students, parents and instructors with specific details of revised schedules.

* To prevent the spread of any disease, we encourage you to stay home if you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms of illness. NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – over age 65 with underlying health conditions – should avoid large groups of people as much as possible.
We understand that this is a dynamic, quickly changing situation. Durham Arts Council is prepared to make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in the response to changing conditions based on instructions from the Durham County Department of Public Health, the City of Durham, the Center for Disease Control, and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.
For more information for Individuals and Families, click HERE.
Durham County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Sincerely,
Your Durham Arts Council Team

This public health emergency is having an especially difficult financial impact on our non-profit arts community with cancellations of performances, programs and fundraising events. DONATE TODAY