COVID-19 Temporary Closure
CAC Reopening Plan + COVID-19 Safety Measures
In light of the public health crisis around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) closed all physical operations in March 2020. CAC will reopen to the public on Monday, January 4, 2021, by appointment only. This precaution comes in response to concerns related to mass gatherings and overall public health safety through conversations with residents and their responses to an internal survey CAC conducted on residents and staff. We care deeply about and make the well-being of our residents, staff, and visitors a priority. Gallery operations will continue remotely through the end of 2020, and the CAC staff will be available by email. The purpose of this information is to set the standard for moving forward, but also keeping in mind that as COVID-19 evolves, so will our plans and security measures.
Starting in January 2021, CAC will be open for appointments to view exhibitions on Wednesdays, 10am-2pm and Fridays, 3-7pm. No Saturday gallery hours will happen for the foreseeable future, due to lack of support. Regrettably, CAC will not be hosting large opening receptions for exhibitions, but rather an opening day. On Fridays when new exhibitions open, three visitors at a time will be able to view the shows for 45-minutes and engage with residents who choose to be present. Opening day will run 3-8pm. Residents may opt out of attending on opening day for health or wellness reasons. Residents will create a virtual exhibition to be hosted on CAC’s site. Virtual exhibitions serve to accommodate immunocompromised, regional and international audiences who support and follow CAC. The virtual platform at this time is to be determined.
CAC will take the following precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19: in accordance with our building’s regulations, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, including but not limited to: CAC’s galleries, studios, offices, and multi-use space; and the building’s corridors, bathrooms, lobby, loading dock and outside the building near the entrances. Stand 6-feet apart from one another. Three visitors are allowed in the gallery at a time. Visitors are granted a 45-minute appointment by signing up online, at least one day in advance. For the time being, CAC’s gallery is accessible from the 2130 W Fulton entrance or the 2140 W Fulton entrance for wheelchairs. (CAC’s dedicated door is inaccessible until January 2021.) If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is unlawful by the city of Chicago to be in public. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home:
- Fever or chills
- CoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- FatigueMuscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
CAC will utilize air purifiers in the studios, galleries, and offices to adequately cover the square footage and will regularly replace filters. Hand sanitizer pump bottles and masks will be available for use, while supplies last. However, it is the responsibility of the visitor to bring a mask and they must use hand sanitizer upon entering the space and submit to a temperature check. Surfaces will be disinfected before and after visits to the space.
COVID-19 Safety Measures for BOLT Residents and HATCH Residents
For any questions on concerns email: cac [@]chicagoartistscoalition [.org] or aileen [@] chicagoartistscoalition [.org]
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