May 27, 2020

To our LTAC friends and family:

While our doors have been closed to the public, we at the Lone Tree Arts Center have been working tirelessly. In this challenging time, we have been honored to serve our community and buoyed by the opportunity to innovate as we look forward to welcoming you through our doors once more.

 

For the past nine weeks, Arts Center staff have taken leadership roles helping the City of Lone Tree respond to important community needs. We led a mask making effort which has resulted in 1,000 masks made and distributed to essential workers. We led a meal delivery effort that has provided 2,360 free meals to frontline responders in our county, with more to come. We’ve led a community blood drive that resulted in over 70 donors providing critical support. Our team has worked on business recovery and resilience and public health research, providing resources and guidance where they are needed most. The dedication and talents of our team have made a difference at a critical time.  

 

Now, then, is the time to refocus on our next priority: plans for what happens next at the Arts Center. We know you have many questions, as do we. Here are some of them:

 

When will the Arts Center reopen?

Like all businesses in the state of Colorado, we are bound by the rules in place limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less as well as the order that theaters and music venues remain closed. Once both of those rules are amended, we look forward to reopening our doors. We are hoping that we might be able to welcome you back by later summer or early fall.

 

What will happen when we can come back?

We are establishing stringent health and cleaning protocols to help reassure you. These include staggered seating at a lower theater capacity to allow for social distancing; availability of hand sanitizer; the wearing of face masks or coverings; and frequent deep cleaning of the building, including the use of an electrostatic disinfecting machine. We’re also drawing up plans for a host of other things that will make you feel safer.

 

What about the shows that were postponed this spring?

Good news! We have rescheduled dates for almost all artists who were going to appear in March, April and May. Depending on when we can reopen, you will be able to enjoy them as you’d hoped.

 

What’s coming up in the 10th anniversary season?

Boy, did we miss being able to share our 20-21 plans with so many of you at our traditional season announcement party! But rest assured: we have great shows in store for you. Because we know that the COVID-19 situation is a dynamic one, we need to retain flexibility in our planning. As a result, we will shortly share with you many of the artists we are bringing to Lone Tree next season – but we will plan on putting shows on sale for just a couple of months at a time until we are confident that we won’t need to reschedule even more dates.

 

I’m missing live performances so much! Do I have any LTAC options?

Yes! Last week, we launched an innovative livestream concert experience which broadcast performers live from the Arts Center. We wanted to be sure we could deliver remarkable programming virtually, and we were happy with the results. Look for an announcement of more livestreaming soon!

 

How can I help the Arts Center thrive in these uncertain times?

Your patience, your support, your kind words of encouragement, your ticket purchases, and your charitable gifts mean so much to us. We will soon be announcing a special campaign to help assure that we can continue to play an important part in your life and in our community – please be on the lookout for ways you can help us as we enter our tenth year of delivering remarkable programming.

 

While the past two and a half months have been the among the most challenging we have all faced, I and our LTAC team have chosen to focus on the unforgettable experiences we have shared with you and the impact our programs have made for so many across the entire region. The spirit we share, and the inspiration you give us, will carry us forward. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all again.

 
 
Lisa Rigsby Peterson
Executive Director
 

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