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Partner Closures and Responses Due to COVID-19

By March 17, 2020 March 19th, 2020 No Comments

Many area organizations are heeding public health recommendations and closing to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Many ICCA Partner organizations are finding alternative ways to bring you arts and culture during this difficult period. Please be mindful of the following closures and how each partner is determined to continue to serve Corridor residents.

Updated on March 19, 2020.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

It is with some sadness and out of an abundance of caution, that we announce the closure of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art until further notice. Recent developments in the spread of the COVID-19 virus have led us to the difficult decision to close to the public. While we were reluctant to deny access to our current Impressionism and French exhibitions—at a time when people need the restorative power of art more than ever—we feel that we must do our part to help minimize the further spread of the virus.
We will, however, endeavor to bring art to you via social media, and encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You will also receive our weekly e-blast if you already do so. While we do not know how long this closure will last, we look forward to welcoming you back at some point (soon!) to continue the celebration of our 125th anniversary year!
Thank you for your understanding. Be healthy.
Sincerely,
Executive Director Sean Ulmer

North Liberty Community Center

To encourage physical distancing, which helps mitigate the spread of disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the City of North Liberty will close the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., effective immediately. This closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, April 12, 2020.All programs and events at the Community Center, including library and recreation programs, are also cancelled. This is in line with CDC guidance recommending the cancellation or postponement of gatherings of 50 people or more.

The only exception to this policy is that we will hold the Spring Break Camp which is providing care for 20 children the week of March 16 through March 20.

The library offers a variety of services digitally, including books, audio books, movies and more. These are available at northlibertylibrary.org/reference.

For more information please contact City Hall at (319) 626-5700. Ongoing updates will be available at northlibertyiowa.org/government/covid-19/

Theatre Cedar Rapids

A lot has changed in the few days since we’ve written you! In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are closing the theatre until May 15, and launching new plans for the remainder of our 2019-2020 season.

WHEN ARE THE NEXT TCR SHOWS?
Production dates for all programs are being updated, and ticket holders will be notified directly so that any necessary exchanges may be made seamlessly.

HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH?
In addition to postponing public performances, we are also suspending walk-up box office service until further notice. The best way to reach the TCR Box Office is by email at boxoffice@theatrecr.org. We appreciate your patience, and will return your message as soon as possible. Ticket reservations may also be made online at any time by visiting theatrecr.org.

We will keep updating you on schedule adjustments, and invite you to keep your eyes on our website and social media for the most up-to-date information. Even best laid plans may change!

HOW CAN I HELP?
This is an unprecedented time for performing arts organizations. While our stages are dark, the work of creating outstanding theatre at TCR continues – and your support is more essential than ever. Join us! Here’s how:

In our near 90 seasons of producing theatre with and for our community, we feel as certain now as ever that theatre changes lives. We will continue to diligently monitor this fluid situation alongside you, and we are committed to seeing you again soon. Thank you for making TCR your community theatre. We can’t wait to celebrate with you on the other side.
Katie Hallman, Executive Director

Old Creamery Theatre

Given the recent COVID-19 developments and public health recommendations, we are taking the difficult but necessary step to postpone our current production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Any additional program or scheduling changes will be communicated via email, social media and on our website.

This is such an incredible production – so we are THRILLED that we are able to bring it back for our Old Creamery audiences September 25 – October 4. Ticket holders for the remaining March 18 – April 5 performances are asked to call our box office (319-622-6262) to discuss their options.

If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s witnessing the extraordinary care and understanding that our patrons and staff have shown these last few weeks. When this passes, I know we will all need to be inspired, uplifted and entertained – so we look forward to opening our doors and creating that theatre magic with you once again.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Ashley P. Shields
Executive Director

Red Cedar Chamber Music

In the interest of public health, we will be postponing the remaining events in our performance season (March 23 – May 10). We and our guest artists look forward to sharing these exciting concert programs with you when possible. All tickets will be honored or refunded. In the meantime, please stay well.

Miera, Carey, and the RCCM Board of Directors

Washington Community Center

In the wake of today’s announcement from the Governor the WCC is closed until March 31 with all events during that time canceled.
April is currently TBA on all activities as current events have been in a constant state of flux and we are unable to know at this time if non-gathering prohibitions will be extended.  We appreciate your patience at this time and will send out updates on our website and Facebook as we can confirm events.  If you have any questions you can email me at: manager@wctheater.comEvents immediately affected:
Harvey March 20-22 CANCELED
Studio-E Competition March 28 CANCELED
Laser Light Orchestra April 11 CANCELED
Events that are TBA:
April 12-15 Willy Wonka Auditions
April 18-19 NYLA Dance Competition
April 25 Attitudes in Dance Recital
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

The health and safety of our National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library community — staff, volunteers, members, and guests — is our top priority. With that consideration in mind, the NCSML will be temporarily closing to the public effective March 17, 2020, for one month, reopening on April 17, 2020.

 

This decision was made on the advice and recommendations of the Executive Committee of the NCSML Board of Trustees and the NCSML Leadership Cabinet. We have had no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the NCSML. However, we have been closely monitoring the evolving situation, and this difficult decision was based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, advice from the Iowa Department of Public Health, area school closures, church closures, and actions by museums and cultural centers in the area. We feel it is our responsibility to do what we can to help reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19. 

 

Events and programs scheduled to take place during this closure will either be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes the following:

 

·         Wednesday, March 18: Movin’ at the Museum: Yoga postponed, new date TBD

·         Wednesday, March 18: Needlepoint Guild demonstrations cancelled

·         Thursday, March 19: Robot Film Series: “WALL-E” postponed, new date TBD

·         Friday, March 20: Tonight’s for Teens Board Game Night postponed, new date TBD

·         Saturday, March 21: Movin’ at the Museum: POUND cancelled

·         Friday, March 27: Artist’s as Activists Opening postponed, new date TBD

·         Saturday, March 28: Movin’ at the Museum: POUND cancelled

·         Sunday, March 29: Farewell to Old Mother Winter cancelled

·         Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4: Egg Decorating with Master Folk Artist Marj Nejdl postponed, new date TBD

·         Saturday, April 4: Free First Saturday for students cancelled

·         Saturday, April 4: Immigrant Foodways: Sarmale postponed, new date TBD

·         Wednesday, April 8: Bobbin Lace Making demonstration cancelled

·         Wednesday, April 8: History on Tap: Humanoid Robot Takeover postponed, new date TBD

·         Thursday, April 9: Robot Film Series: “I, Robot” postponed, new date TBD

·         Thursday, April 9: Music @ the Museum: Harafica Cymbal Band cancelled

·         Saturday, April 11: Movin’ at the Museum: POUND cancelled

·         Wednesday, April 15: Needlepoint Guild demonstrations cancelled

Individual programs scheduled by outside renters may continue. You will need to contact the event program sponsor for more information.

 

While the NCSML doors are closed, staff will be working and available to answer any questions you may have. Please call (319) 362-8500 for more information. We will keep you posted with the latest information as it becomes available. We will also keep you connected with virtual tours, educational programming, online exhibits, and podcasts.

The Iowa Children’s Museum

To help address growing public health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Iowa Children’s Museum will close to the public Monday, March 16 through at least March 30, 2020. All programming, camps and events at the museum during this time will be rescheduled or cancelled.  

 

While our doors are closed, we can all still play! Check out The ICM’s Facebook and Instagram for fun activities to do at home, updates from Peter the Turtle, and more. You can also show your support for The Iowa Children’s Museum during this challenging time by renewing your membership (March is membership month!), purchasing a gift card to use when we re-open, or making an online donation