As you know, the world has been monitoring COVID-19 and its impact. The past few days have seen large scale events being postponed or canceled, and Governor Ron DeSantis recently declared a state of emergency for Florida. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently recommending that all in-person events consisting of 10 people or more be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks. With that guidance, an abundance of caution and keeping the safety of our members, participants, event goers, volunteers and staff our top priority, we are adapting and responding in the following ways…

  • The Bayou Arts Center will be closed and the CAA team will work remotely remaining available via email, phone and virtual meet-ups through April 17. 
  • All meetings, classes and workshops at The Bayou Arts Center will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
  • The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard will be temporarily closed through April 30. 
  • The Under the Sea fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art scheduled for Thursday, May 7 will be postponed for a later date.
  • ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 9 & 10 is rescheduled for October 10 & 11 in Grand Boulevard Town Center. 

We appreciate your understanding and continued support of the Cultural Arts Alliance! We will continue to update you on our status and will happily transfer your ticket or give you a full credit for a future class or workshop when this passes. 

Prevent the spread of misinformation by learning more about the CDC’s recommendations here.

The Florida Department of Health now has a 24/7 call center available for questions regarding COVID-19. Please call 1-866-779-6121 or you can email questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov

The World Health Organization has advice for the public here.

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart – Why it’s necessary to practice social distancing to protect those most vulnerable and prevent a strain on our healthcare system.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or my staff with questions about future events (or just to say hello as we all spend some time in our homes helping to flatten the infection curve). We are all in this together, and we appreciate you and hope you will stay safe as we all get through this uncertain time in our lives. When we do, the CAA plans to be here ready to provide you with creative outlets, activities, and a chance to reconnect.

Take care,

Jennifer Steele
Executive Director