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Arts Council sets reopen date, announces summer programming changes

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will reopen the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery on June 16, following state guidelines for cultural and entertainment venues.

There are several changes to the Arts Council’s summer programming, including the annual Arts Awards celebration, “On the Roof” music series, First Fridays and gallery exhibits.

“We’ve taken safety measures seriously and have worked remotely since March 15. I’m proud of the virtual content the staff has created, and the high numbers of arts engagement we’ve seen through our digital platforms,” said Anne McKim, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “Our continued caution is a reflection of our commitment to the health of the entire community, although we, like so many people, long for the return of in-person arts and culture.”

The annual Arts Awards celebration has been canceled. The fundraiser for the Arts Council celebrated artists and organizations in individual categories, including the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award. The event will return next year.

Gallery shows will resume on June 16 with an exhibition of art created during the stay at home order, “Unsheltered.” The exhibit will run through July 31. Information about a public reception for the show will be announced at a later date as the staff evaluates cleaning and safety policy.

The “On the Roof” outdoor music series that takes place on the gallery’s roof in Downtown Evansville will begin on June 20 with performances by Corduroy Orbison, Calabash and Nero Angelo. The Arts Council will follow appropriate social distancing practices, and the concert attendance will be limited to 50. Participants are encouraged to wear facemasks. The lineup for the rest of the “On the Roof” season will be announced soon.

Haynie’s Corner First Fridays, a collaboration of the Haynie’s Corner Art District Association and the Arts Council, scheduled for June 5 and July 3 are canceled due to state guidelines on gatherings or more than 250 people.

The Arts Council will continue to offer virtual content, including exhibits, videos and articles, on its website at artswin.org and on its social media accounts.

Published May 7, 2020