Despite the evolving situation with COVID-19, I wanted to take this opportunity to emphasize to members that the show will go on. AFC is in the very fortunate position of having a virtual exhibit infrastructure already in place. We remain optimistic we will see a return to normalcy over the course of the next few months and continue to plan for our festival as scheduled this fall and the tour to the James Museum in Florida approximately one year from now.
We will be sending a more detailed update very soon as well, regarding the planned Silent Skies Mural exhibit and scheduled festivities planned across the city of St. Louis, Missouri. To ensure the people of St. Louis have a chance to see the mural in all its splendor, the opening dates are being delayed (exact dates TBA). AFC will also be extending the exhibit over the summer months. For many of us, travel in the near-term is no longer an option so we will keep you updated on specific developments very soon.
In addition, we will be shortly announcing a couple of new opportunities (which ironically involve travel) including an India Tiger Safari with renowned AFC artist Ed Spera and Wild Cat Expeditions, and a new AFC Marine Explorers trip with AFC master marine artist, Guy Harvey. Be on the lookout in a separate announcement after we assess and confirm timing and details. For anyone interested, the second Kenya Safari this November is still on-track and a few spaces still remain.
Most, if not all of us will be experiencing reduced commitments for public events in the coming weeks, which I suggest is a wonderful opportunity for us to all do more of what we do best – celebrating the beauty of nature in our art. We can also use the time to share with others, the importance of Nature in our lives for global and personal well-being.
We look forward to an amazing 10th anniversary festival this fall along with a veritable explosion of new creative works... Once the disinfectant clears and we lay down our creative tools to come together in camaraderie once again for our amazing planet.