As a proactive measure for the health of our community and patrons, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is closed from Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 23. All programs scheduled during that time are also canceled.

As social distancing and cancellations mount, the Arts Council wants to encourage our artists to still create.

Arts Council Executive Director Anne McKim said to let this time be your most creative.

“Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Don’t touch your face. MAKE ART,” McKim said.

“There is no road map for navigating this unprecedented time. The only thing we know with certainty is that for a while, ‘normal’ is going to be very, very abnormal. But do you know who does abnormal best? Artists. Who takes the strange, the frightening, the surprising, the complex and manipulates it into an expression of honesty, of truth, of shared experience? Artists. Musicians. Performers. Poets.

“Let this time be your most creative. Your work is our comfort in adversity, a record of our history, and a reminder that we’re all in this together.”

Canceled events include the Young at Art exhibit reception and PG Anniversary concert on March 14, the Brown Bag performance on March 18, the Amblare and People Proof concert on March 19, and the city of Evansville flag visioning session on March 21.

The Classics Concert featuring Greg Jukes will still take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 at First Presbyterian Church. Church officials have closed off every other pew to allow for distance between concert-goers. It is advised that anyone over the age of 60 not attend as a precaution.

The gallery will be closed during at least the next week, but the Arts Council staff will remain hard at work. Our website will include photos of our current exhibit, Young at Art, for all the enjoy. The show features 185 pieces from area K-8 students. We also want to share what you create. Tag the Arts Council with your work these next few weeks, and we’ll share it on our platforms.

Arts Council staff will evaluate scheduled programming and gallery hours after March 23 over the next week.