Athens Area Council for the Arts celebrates the power of the arts. That power comes in many forms and, for the last fourteen months, we’ve focused that power on the responsibility to do our part to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our community.

Our Board of Directors and staff have prioritized public health and innovated creative ways to continue to provide access to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your support during this time as many individuals, businesses, non-profits, and especially the arts industry have faced significant losses. We’ve made it through this season thanks to your support!

AACA has been closely monitoring active cases and rate of infection while leaning on the expertise of a committee of health professionals to ensure our operating and programming decisions are not only upholding our mission, but also keeping our community safe. We do not take these decisions lightly as we know the lives and livelihood of the vulnerable among us, including artists, are impacted by our choices.

Today, we are pleased to report good news. Live, in-person AACA programs will re-emerge according to the Board-approved phased approach below:

  • The Arts Center is now open for visitors to shop Artisan Corner, tour exhibits, and meet with staff during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • AACA will present/co-present outdoor arts opportunities (beginning April 2021)
  • AACA will resume small-scale indoor events such as classes and camps, with limited enrollment (July 2021)
  • AACA will resume live performances, with audience limited to 75% of full capacity, and some performances will be designated as “mask required shows” (October 2021)

AACA’s general mask policy is in line with the current CDC guidelines and states:                              

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated* individuals; non-vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors.

*An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second shot in a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after the administration of a one-dose vaccine.

Any participant in an AACA class, camp, concert, play, or volunteer group affirms to uphold the AACA Artist Pledge of Protection.

Athens Area Council for the Arts also believes in the healing power of the arts. We are so grateful we’ll be able to gather again to learn, create, and experience the arts. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be announcing opportunities to do just that.

We will continue to provide digital opportunities for community members unable to wear masks as recommended, as well as for those not yet ready to gather in large groups.

We are grateful for your support and especially that of our COVID-19 committee, which has helped us determine a balanced approach to resume programming and respect the varying comfort levels of our community members.

We are proud that The Arts Center is a safe space for all and are firm in our commitment to maintain that status.

Updated June, 2021

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