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FAQs | COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Updated 8/10/2020
The well-being of its staff, patrons, and the public are the Arts Council’s top priority. Cancellations and postponements are precautionary measures taken to minimize exposure. By activating social distancing, the Arts Council removes one more opportunity for people in the community to be exposed. Please check the Arts Council’s Facebook pages (@yorkcountyarts and @uffyc) and websites (yorkcountyarts.org and underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org) for the most recent updates regarding scheduled events.

In light of the recent developments surrounding COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), the Arts Council's offices and galleries are closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, and will remain closed until further notice. We are looking to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend our plan as necessary. Many of our staff members will be working remotely. While there may be a staff member on-site at the Center for the Arts or at the Gettys Art Center during regular business hours, we ask that our patrons please conduct all business with the ACYC via email or phone as our offices are closed to the public.

 

The Arts Council's decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. Tickets will be refunded automatically, and the ACYC facility manager will be in touch regarding changes to any rentals that have been scheduled during this time.

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Frequently Asked Questions | COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 TRACKING


The ACYC is monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) regarding COVID-19. Moving forward, the ACYC will be making determinations regarding scheduled events as new information and recommendations are issued by the advising healthcare organizations.




SAFETY PROTOCOLS


We are taking extra precautionary measures by providing additional hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes throughout the building, particularly in high traffic areas. Additionally, our team is routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles, elevator keypads, etc. all patrons and staff are reminded of the importance of hand washing with soap and water. When the facilities begin to reopen, we will post guidelines to our webpage, and we will have signage posted within our spaces at the Center for the Arts and at the Gettys Art Center.




ACYC OFFICES & GALLERY CLOSURES


The Arts Council's offices and galleries are closed until further notice. This includes day-to-day operations, exhibition programming, and receptions. When possible, we are working to transition these events into virtual experiences. Updates regarding the status of our operations will be posted to our websites and social media channels. Please see our UPDATES section below the FAQ for the Arts Council's latest information. All decisions to close are based on recommendations from government and health agencies including York County Government, South Carolina DHEC, and the CDC. The Arts Council may choose to implement revised operating plans including limited hours, limited or no group events, or other options depending on the severity of the situation.




EVENT & CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY


Should an outbreak occur, we will prioritize the health of our employees and friends by implementing and communicating appropriate changes as recommended by SC DHEC and CDC to ensure a safe environment. Please check the Arts Council's updates below the FAQ for the most current information.




CANCELLATION NOTIFICATIONS


In the event of a cancellation, notices will be posted on the Arts Council’s social networks and on our webpage. The ACYC will also notify all ticket buyers at least 2–3 hours before the event via email.




COVID-19 INFORMATION





ARTISTS & ARTS ORGANIZATIONS RESOURCES


  • Information regarding relief funds and more can now be found on our dedicated COVID-19 Artist Resources webpage. | more info

  • In an effort to support York County's artists and artisans during the COVID-19 outbreak, the ACYC has created a page that lists local artists' & artisans' online shops. Artists and artisans who have online shops are encouraged to submit their shop information with a link on this new listings page. | more info

  • Are you streaming events, readings, or classes online during the COVID-19 outbreak? List them on our Virtual Arts Events page. | more info




FACILITY RENTALS


All facility rentals follow the Arts Council's operations schedule.

  • If the ACYC offices and galleries are open to the public and are operating normally, facilty rentals will continue uninterrupted.

  • Should precautionary measures be taken by the Arts Council, rentals will be canceled. The Arts Council's Rental Manager or another Arts Council staff member will reach out by phone and email at least 2–3 hours before the event to let you know about the closure and to discuss alternate arrangements.




REFUND POLICY


We understand your concern. The Arts Council's ticketing policy remains in effect through the oubreak:

  • Tickets are refundable up to 2 weeks in advance of a show. Please contact the Arts Council directly at (803)328-2787 to process the return.
  • If the Arts Council's programming changes through last-minute event cancellations or postponements due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the two-week window immediately preceding the event, refunds If the Arts Council cancels an event as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, tickets will be automatically refunded.





UPDATES

3/11/2020 UPDATE


At this time, there are no changes to the Arts Council's programming to report.




3/13/2020 UPDATE


The Center for the Arts will operate under regular business hours this weekend.

  • Saturday, March 14 | 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Sunday, March 15 | 2 - 4 PM
ART CLASSES | Drawing Techniques with Dr. Brad Sabelli and Exploring Colors in Pastel with Marcia Kort Buike will take place as scheduled at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 14.




3/12/2020 UPDATE


The Arts Council of York County has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Underexposed Film Festival yc (UFFyc) in response to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). All screenings, workshops, and events affiliated with the 2020 UFFyc, scheduled to take place at Winthrop University and at the York County Public Library’s Main Branch from March 25 – 28, have been postponed. As a university-sponsored event, the UFFyc falls under Winthrop’s directive to cancel all events scheduled between Sunday, March 15 and Friday, April 3. The Arts Council of York County is working with Winthrop, the York County Library, and community partners to reschedule the 2020 UFFyc by moving it to the fall. The new dates will be announced in the coming days.




3/16/2020 UPDATE


CLOSED In light of the recent developments surrounding COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), the Arts Council is closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, and will remain closed through Friday, April 3, at which time, we will look to the guidance and directives of state and federal officials to amend our plan as necessary. Please conduct all business with the ACYC via email or phone as our offices are closed to the public. We take the health, welfare, and safety of our guests seriously, and feel it is our duty to help prevent any opportunity of this virus spreading. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. CANCELED Plastic Icons Runway Exhibition + Dance Party scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 has been canceled. The Monthly Artist Meetup scheduled for March 29 has been canceled. POSTPONED Plastic Icons, works by Katie Kameen & Tabitha Ott will not open on Friday, March 20. We hope to reopen the galleries at the Center for the Arts on Monday, April 6, if the national health crisis has been lifted. EXTENDED The submission deadline for the 2021 Dalton Gallery Call for Artists has been extended to Friday, April 10. You are welcome to email application packets to the Arts Council's Gallery Manager at mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org. We appreciate your understanding of these decisions and of this disruption in our programming.




3/17/2020 UPDATE


The Arts Council's White Street Art + Brews Crawl scheduled for May 1 held in partnership with 1st Fridays Food Trucks at Warehouses on White has been canceled.




3/19/2020 UPDATE


ADDED

  • Underexposed Film Festival at Home | March 25 - 28, 2020 | more info




3/30/2020 UPDATE


POSTPONED Art Class | Painting Skies with Marcia Kort Buike | Date TBA CRAFTED | CRAFTED at Legal Remedy with Katherine Petke | Date TBA




3/23/2020 UPDATE


CLOSED In light of the evolving developments surrounding COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), the Arts Council's offices and galleries until further notice. We continue to look to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend our plan as necessary. Please conduct all business with the ACYC via email or phone as our offices are closed to the public. We take the health, welfare, and safety of our guests seriously, and feel it is our duty to help prevent any opportunity of this virus spreading. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. NEW The arts are alive online with free art classes, film screenings, dance parties, live music events, and more! Check out what's happening and add your events!




5/18/2020 UPDATE


VIRTUAL

  • Monthly Artist Meetup | more info
    • Online event until further notice
  • Art Galleries | more info
    • Available online until further notice
  • Digital Streams | more info
    • Free concerts, classes and more.




8/11/2020 UPDATE


The Arts Council's offices and galleries remain closed to the public until further notice. However, we will begin hosting low-capacity art classes in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery in September. | LEARN MORE





 
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