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AWE’s priority this summer is to get out to re-engage in cultivating community and interact with our prioritized neighborhoods, bringing positivity and encouragement. We look forward to slowly resuming our programming while making adjustments that make sense to us. Our 2021 Community Re-engagement Plan will center around the following wellness practices for the foreseeable future as we greet you with restorative joy:
- Mask requirements will remain in effect for all AWE artists and volunteers regardless of mask mandate ending June 1. All high school interns will be supplied with PPE regardless of mask mandate. We will highly encourage participants to wear masks when interacting with AWE staff and volunteers.
- We will move forward slowly and cautiously. We feel it is better not to do things too fast, and not to feel forced to conform to others’ expectations.
- We choose to focus on transformative (human-focused) vs transactional interactions in all aspects of our programming and operations.
- Whenever possible and feasible, we will offer artists their choice to stay virtual. We do not want to pressure any of our employees to work in public if they feel unsafe just because they need a paycheck.
- For the present time, we feel it is important to not encourage crowds to gather. As such, we will be very intentional about which projects we offer to groups and how we present those projects.
- This approach requires additional investment of resources (as compared to our historical operations) – including administrative time, individualized supplies, and extra staff and volunteers.
- We plan to offer summer training to all our artist employees that will focus on approaches to programming that maintain distanced boundaries during programming while still being as connected and interactive as possible.
- In-person Artist in Resident programming will be held in groups of ten or less, outdoors if possible. Indoor groups must be easily accessible to contact tracing and require all PPE and social distancing.
- Rising Artists Council will remain a virtual program for artists in 7-12 grade with the exception of at least two in-person engagements where PPE will be provided, along with other social distancing practices in place. Rising Artists Council members are not obligated to participate in in-person programming.
- Truck Studio programming will be held outdoors only and in limited 1:1 interactions (no groups).
A message to our customers:
AWE can’t wait! We are looking forward to attending your event with our Truck Studio or assisting with a public art installation during your community project. We have made a few small changes to keep our artists, staff, and you safe. Don’t worry – you will find the same high-quality, creative experience just with a few more safety measures.
Some of the small changes you will notice are:
- Smaller group sizes to allow for cleaning and sanitation.
- The same exploratory process art but with individual supplies when possible.
- Creations stations to allow for social distancing
- A short-term Health and Safety Surcharge to account for supply cost increases, cleaning supplies, and PPE for our artists.
- The option for virtual components when possible.