It was such a beautiful March day, that I just had to hang the flags to remember what the museum looks like when it is open!
The inside is completely undone and will be all new when we reopen, hopefully for the 21st Annual Winter Celebration on December 4. We are preparing for it with all fingers crossed that COVID will be a thing of the past by then. We are going to call it "21st in 21!" It will be very special.
Meanwhile, we are hoping to maybe start opening up a few buildings with ongoing restrictions, but we'll have to see how things go in the next weeks. MMHS signed onto a commitment on March 29 with many other cultural and arts organizations in Jacksonville, stating:
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will join other cultural organizations of Jacksonville and the unions representing stagehands and musicians in Northeast Florida to announce that they will maintain COVID-19 protocols for the time being.
We thank Mayor Curry and the City of Jacksonville for their leadership on public health and relief funding, which made a limited return to business possible for the cultural community.
We recognize that we have a duty of care to those who enter our institutions, and participate in our programs. Continuing our COVID-19 protocols is necessary at this time to protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, artists, and audience members.
The COVID-19 protocols of each organization may vary, but they contain common elements such as temperature checks, requiring masks, and social distancing measures. The public is encouraged to contact each individual institution for specific measures that are in place at that organization.
Each organization will continue assessing its protocols based on local data and the CDC guidelines, and we all look forward to the day when we can enjoy the arts and entertainment again without restrictions.
American Federation of Musicians Local 444
Beaches Fine Arts
Cathedral Arts Project
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Don’t Miss a Beat
FSCJ Artist Series – Broadway in Jacksonville
Hope at Hand
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 115
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus
Jacksonville Dance Theatre
Jacksonville Historical Society
Mandarin Museum and Historical Society
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Science and History
Players by the Sea
Riverside Arts Market
Springfield Preservation and Revitalization
The Art Center Cooperative
WJCT Public Media