Artpark & Company Executive Director Sonia Clark posted this update to the venue’s website on Tuesday.
Dear Artpark Community,
I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.
As the summer draws nearer, I am sure you are wondering about the status of Artpark’s season and I would like to share some updates with you.
If you are following the reports from public health officials, government and media, you’re aware that uncertainty and speculation remains during this unprecedented crisis. The arts and entertainment industry is no different than many other businesses and is evaluating on a daily basis when a return to operations is feasible while prioritizing the health and safety of audiences, artists and personnel.
We remain in regular contact with all artists scheduled to perform this season and await further direction from their representatives on the status of their tours. We can confirm that the following concerts: The Head and the Heart (May 27) and AWOLNATION with Andrew McMahon (May 31) have been cancelled and details have been communicated to ticketholders. If you have tickets to either of these shows and have not yet received an email, please contact us at [email protected].
Also, Dropkick Murphys & Rancid (May 24), Bright Eyes (June 14) and King Crimson (July 1) have announced that their tours will be rescheduled and we are actively working with them on new dates. We will share options with ticketholders as soon as details are confirmed.
We will provide updates on other season events as soon as we are able and appreciate your patience.
There are many parts of the music business industry’s ecosystem – all the people who had prepared the programs, musicians, technicians, their agents and managers, equipment providers, transportation companies, promoters who contracted with the artists and worked to make audiences aware of these events; the ticket sellers who provided their services in handling your orders; concessionaires; and the venues that must be staffed and operated and ready to host these events. In such an unprecedented situation where everyone is affected, audiences lose their tickets and bear the emotional disappointment of not getting to see their favorite artists; musicians lose fees; and venues their liquidity spent in preparation toward a future event. We all recognize our part and move forward together. …
During this time, we are all reminded of how important the arts are in our lives. Artpark is a not-for-profit organization, presenting over 100 events and programs to 100,000-plus people every summer, and ticket purchases, sponsorships and donations help sustain and grow not only the music programming, but the many free and low-cost arts and community programs offered all summer long in the park.
Artpark Board of Directors resolved to not only do all in our power to sustain our operation toward the future, but have renewed our energies in developing mission-focused initiatives such as online auditions for “School of Rock,” a new mural to be completed through “Artpark Bridges” program engaging our community, and some other exciting artistic initiatives soon to be announced, all of which support creation of new work and allow for a healthy and inspiring experience in our gorgeous park.
Please keep in mind that Artpark remains open for individual visits as a public park and we hope you take advantage of this time to enjoy the trails while safely following current social distancing recommendations.
Thank you for your attention and understanding. We appreciate that this is a challenging time for all. This is a crisis bigger than any of us, and we will only overcome it by working together and helping one another. Your continued support as a ticket buyer, sponsor, donor or volunteer helps ensure that Artpark will be there for you and the community tomorrow.