Dear VCA friends and supporters,
First and foremost, I want to apologize for what is likely to be more than a few communications in the coming weeks. I had hoped you would not need to hear from me so quickly, but the COVID-19 situation, as I’m sure you are aware, is ever-changing.
Vashon Center for the Arts will temporarily close to the public until further notice.
Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine held a news conference this morning to announce that large public events must close in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials were also on hand to communicate mandatory measures to ensure the safety of our communities. Seattle Public Schools, private schools, and many arts organizations are closing their campuses. On Vashon, we have since learned of a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community. It is more than an abundance of caution at this point that we close VCA’s doors. It is the right thing to do. The coming days will reveal much and if we can protect the health of our families, students, artists, staff and volunteers, we must do so.
Our staff is making calls right now to our Blue Heron Education Center families to inform them that classes are being postponed. We are focused on the immediate – notifying those that were scheduled for classes or ticket-holders to upcoming events in the month of March.
Should we need to look at remaining closed beyond March, we will communicate with you as soon as we decide. Please know that you can find updated information on our website and on social media.
For those of you who have purchased tickets to postponed events or classes, there are several options available to you:
Consider turning your purchase into a tax-deductible donation to support VCA during these uncertain times.
Exchange your ticket for a future performance.
Request a refund and our staff will contact you to make arrangements.
For those of you who have purchased art from our Gallery, we will contact you at the end of the month to arrange a convenient time for you to collect it.
In the days to come, I hope each and every one of us can navigate this crisis with kindness and generosity. Precautionary measures and remaining healthy are needed, but keeping our spirits up and holding others in our hearts is equally as important.
Lastly, I want the artists, creatives and performers who grace our stage and share their work on our gallery walls, to know that you are in our hearts and minds. The gifts you bring our community are infinite and being a home to all of you is why we are here.
Allison Halstead Reid
Executive Director, Vashon Center for the Arts