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June 5, 2020

Dear Friends of Stecoah,

Thank you for your calls, e-mails and prayers. Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center has been closed since March 15, 2020 and we are working on a phased reopening plan that is in the best interest of the future of the Center, our staff and public health. While the Center has low overhead, we have had to lay-off all of our employees until we can provide the work and funds to recall them. Project and program updates are as follows:

Community Service
We have been providing weekly food distributions to our local community through Manna Food Bank and donor support. We plan to continue this as long as we have resources. If you would like to donate, please click here and specify in the notes section that your donation is for food distribution.

Our walking trail, wind garden and Courtyard of the Cherokee are open, however, the playground and outdoor restrooms remain closed until we enter the next phase of the Governor’s  Reopening Plan.

Our after school program was also closed in March and our summer camp scheduled for this week has been cancelled. We will follow guidance from the CDC and the Governor for our plan to reopen these programs if school is in session this fall. The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Camp has been postponed to later in the year, again, depending on the school reopening status.

Artisans Drive About and Gallery
While we did not print and distribute a 2020 Drive About guide, please refer to our website and check with the 2019 artists for their hours of operation.

The Artisans Gallery is scheduled to open at a reduced schedule and capacity on June 19, 2020. We will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. We will increase the days of operation as demand increases. The reduced capacity is 10 people at a time and we will require face coverings. This is also the days and hours of operations for our visitors’ center.

An Appalachian Evening summer concert series
As of now, we have not cancelled any performance. However, there will not be performances with live audiences for the foreseeable future. We have applied for National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council grants to determine if we can live stream our performances this summer. These musicians are struggling and we hope to be able to support them as they have supported us over the last 20 years. Season ticket holders can use their tickets as a credit for the 2021 season or designate this year’s fees as a donation by emailing info@stecoahvalleycenter.com. Our concert sponsors can also designate their fees as a donation or can be used to advertise and promote the live stream series (if funded) AND have a credit for the 2021 season.

Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival is the Center’s primary fundraising event and is scheduled for October 16 – 17, 2020. We plan to make a decision about this event in late July or early August.

While there has been staggering reductions in our revenue and our programs, we are committed to reopening where and when we can. We need your help! If you would like to make a donation for general operating expenses, please click here. Donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Be and stay safe,

Beth Fields
Executive Director