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What Does Reopening Look Like?

Post from Thursday, June 18, 2020

“The closure of venues in 1918 was not a death knell for the arts. The decade after the 1918 flu… saw the rapid development of theatre venues and a sustained period of well-funded creative development.”

Byron Harrison

Friends and Artists,

Though many of us are faced with uncertainty about what comes next, we have all come together to inform the bigger picture as the community begins its reopening phases. For the arts, a common positive outcome has been the organizing of multiple conversations between diverse arts leaders to better understand what others are facing and how they have stepped up to the challenge this year. Innovative programming initiatives in the creative sector have inspired short-term adaptability, but also play a key role in planning for the longer term.

We have already embarked on our first steps to recovery by exploring a range of proactive scenarios that will determine the strongest way forward in the current environment. Although the past few months have seen unprecedented intensity in cultural, social, and economic shifts, a new normal will emerge from this context. When that new normal arrives, we will be more prepared than ever to rise to new challenges and embrace new opportunities. With your support, we are determined to redefine what it means to experience great art. As we continue to rebuild we are committed to keeping the arts accessible, thought-provoking, and vibrant.

Together we can set the stage for a future where the arts are always growing and thriving. For more information about our mission, visit our website, or contact us at Onward and upward!


The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Call: Art of the Quarantine

Art at the Cave is looking for submissions for “Art of the Quarantine.” The call for art created during the quarantine and is non-juried and open to all artists of all ages – kids too! Art does not need to have a covid-related theme. Initial deadline is July 31st, with an expectation that this may be extended depending on the circumstances.

Learn More About Submitting Work

MUSIC | Aloha, Driveway Concerts!

Ke Kukui Foundation’s Executive Director has started hosting safe and friendly driveway concerts with Hawaiian-style music and hula dancers to spread aloha through musical therapy. To keep crowds small and socially distanced, the group is travelling to entertain individual neighborhoods.

More About Lawn to Lawn Concerts

THEATRE | Magenta Marquee

Magenta Theater is inviting community members to write a message on their downtown Main Street marquee at $50 for 48 hours. From inspirational quotes to birthday wishes, all proceedings are put towards costs to maintain the facility, such as rent, utilities, and insurance. July reservations are now open!

Reserve the Magenta Marquee

DANCE | Summer at Columbia Dance

This summer Columbia Dance is providing three weeks of amazing summer camps! From teamwork exercises, to waltzing and folk dancing, and hip hop games, kids can create friendships and get their groove on all summer long! Keep an eye out for more details by visiting the Columbia Dance website.

Explore Summer Programming

GOOD READS | Kids and Conversations on Race

Kids need to engage in positive dialogue about racial differences, equality, and standing up for others. Literature is one of the most effective tools for early learning! New York Times has compiled a list of children’s books for ages 0 – 12+ than can help parents raise conscious kids from an early age.

Search the Library

LOCAL BUSINESS | Niche Now Open for Dine-In

Niche Wine Bar is now open for dine-in (by reservations only) and takeout Tuesday through Saturday from 4 pm – 9 pm. Niche is following state and local guidelines with separated dining areas and reservations to keep customers and staff healthy. Not ready for dine-in quite yet? Niche is still offering takeout meal packages!

Menu and Restaurant Information

CULINARY ARTS | Binging with Babish

Andrew Rea is a self-taught chef who created a cooking channel for reconstructing dishes from TV shows and movies. Best-known for recipes like Krabby Patties and Ram-Don, he also has an entire video series dedicated to kitchen basics, such as pantry stocking, knife skills, and proper kitchenware care.

Explore Cooking Tutorials

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