FAQs | COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
South Carolina Governor's Office
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC)
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
York County Government
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Coronavirus Resource Center: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu
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
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.
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.
At this time, there are no changes to the Arts Council's programming to report.
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
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.
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.
Underexposed Film Festival at Home | March 25 - 28, 2020 | more info
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.
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