As a staff, we have been spending a lot of time thinking about the future – what it will be like, how we can find some version of post-pandemic normal – and particularly, how we can make a visit to Irving Arts Center safe and rewarding for visitors and patrons.
Our team is exploring everything: new entrance and exit procedures, masks and hand sanitizers for our staff and patrons, thorough and frequent cleaning of all surfaces, and ways to put protocols in place that protect us all and still allow visitors to experience and connect to art in a satisfying way.
We are reviewing advice from health care professionals and the CDC, following the guidance of Dallas County officials, and collaborating with industry leaders and our peers at similar facilities. We are reviewing best practices, speaking with our clients and surveying our patrons. When will we be ready? When will this all be put into action?
I am happy to say that the galleries will re-open on July 1 with an attendance limit of 25% and social distancing protocols in place. While there are virtual tours of many of the exhibits on the website, there is nothing like seeing the work “up close and personal.”
When will the theatres reopen? I can’t answer that just yet. But please know that the safety of our audiences, our staff and the performers that make the music, dance and drama happen are of paramount importance to us. We have plans in place and once large gatherings can resume safely, we will be ready!
What is certain is that we are thinking about you, hope you and your families are safe and well and look forward to seeing you back at the Center very soon!
Todd Hawkins, Executive Director