In light of Governor Wolf’s announcement that Allegheny County has moved to “green” status on June 5, 2020. We wanted to share some information regarding our next steps.
Contemporary Craft is excited to be part of a group of museums and cultural institutions from across Southwestern Pennsylvania that is collaboratively preparing our organizations for safe re-openings. Our shared priority is the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We are thus working together to develop and share best practices, in conjunction with federal, state and local recommendations. These best practices will reflect the unique needs of our institutions and will help to ensure you feel comfortable and prepared on your return to Contemporary Craft and other Southwestern Pennsylvania museums and cultural institutions.
Our group started meeting in late March and now includes thirty different museums and arts organizations that span Allegheny, Westmoreland, and Fayette Counties. We are meeting digitally on a weekly basis to share plans and discuss key elements of re-opening, including visitor guidelines; our facilities; staff and volunteers; and diversity and equity issues. Although each institution is evaluating re-opening under on its own schedule, we are confident that these shared conversations will facilitate safe and smooth re-openings across the region. While this group convened for the purpose of collaborating on best practices for reopening our institutions, it has opened the door for other vital collaborative efforts, such as addressing our support for racial equity and ending the cycle of violence and oppression affecting people of color in our community. This group will continue to meet to listen to the needs of our community and discuss specific actions that can be taken by each institution to make a change.
Regarding Contemporary Craft’s opening and next steps, we are still evaluating our own timeline. As of right now on June 15, 2020, the construction crew is planning to finish our new, permanent home, while following strict health and safety guidelines. Our staff is also taking shifts to go into the space at different times to work on setting up The Store and Studio spaces. We hope that in a couple months we will able to welcome you in with open doors! Until then, let’s continue to connect virtually.