BlackRock will be closed to the public through Sunday, May 31.
Please continue to check this page, www.blackrockcenter.org/COVID-19, and our social media (Facebook and Twitter @BlackRockCenter) for the latest updates on BlackRock's response to COVID-19.
March 18, 2020
Dear Friends of BlackRock:
BlackRock Center for the Arts is committed to keeping you informed about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and well-being of our staff, students, teachers, volunteers, performers, and guests is our primary concern. BlackRock is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and county authorities. In response to Governor Hogan’s executive order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, BlackRock will be closed through Sunday, May 31. No performances, classes or events will occur during this time.
Performances & Events: Cancelled for Now, But We’ll See You in June
We hope to see you on June 27 when we kick off our free, outdoor Summer Concert Series that will run through July. In the meantime, please visit our website at www.blackrockcenter.org/season-update for an updated list of changes to the remainder of this performance season. If you purchased a ticket to a performance that has been cancelled or if you are unable to attend a postponed performance, we ask that you please donate your ticket back to BlackRock as a tax-deductible contribution. We are moving forward with the BlackRock Gala for the Arts with a new date—Friday, June 19—and look forward to celebrating the work done every day by so many people, and raising funds to ensure we can provide inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to everyone.
Spring Classes & Summer Camps: Looking Forward to an Exciting Summer
Registration for our Summer Camps remains open for nine exciting weeks of arts education programming designed for campers to imagine, create, and have fun. If you registered for a Spring Class, BlackRock can either issue a credit or a refund. If you have been participating in a conservatory class, BlackRock can issue a pro-rated refund for pre-paid classes that fall between March 16 and June 7. If you can make a tax-deductible donation of your paid class tuition, please consider doing so—we will be forever grateful! Students will receive a phone call in the coming weeks regarding their preference for either a credit, donation or refund.
Staff: Dedicated to BlackRock and You
In order to remain financially stable, I made the tough decision to lay off more than 60% of our staff effective March 16. The remaining full-time staff will be working at 50% of their salaries—as they continue moving forward with plans for our gala, summer concerts, summer camps, gallery exhibitions, private events, fall classes, upcoming performance season, and more. We are all very dedicated to BlackRock and look forward to returning to a healthy and viable workplace on June 1.
How You Can Help: Support BlackRock
I know how extraordinarily difficult this time is for everyone, but any support you can provide to BlackRock will be greatly appreciated, www.blackrockcenter.org/support. The loss of the remaining weeks in our performance season, combined with our inability to hold spring classes and other events results in a severe financial loss to BlackRock.
Stay Safe and Healthy
I hope that everyone in our community remains safe and healthy as we work together to get through this public health challenge. Please stay in touch with BlackRock by visiting our website, www.blackrockcenter.org/COVID-19, and social media (@BlackRockCenter on Facebook and Twitter) for the latest updates on how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any questions, or have information you wish to share.
With best wishes for your health and safety,
Lynn Andreas Arndt
Chief Executive Officer
BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock encourages everyone to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19:
- Stay home if you feel unwell, except to get medical care. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call your health care provider in advance to allow them to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately.
BlackRock is committed to providing you with timely and accurate updates on the best recommendations and guidance from our public health authorities. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. You can also stay informed on the latest developments by monitoring these websites: