2020 began with great excitement as we would celebrate 15 years of Bihl Haus Arts. We forged forward and on February 21 celebrated the opening of the 13th Annual On & Off Fredericksburg Studio Tour. To say it was the most successful Tour ever is an understatement. However, there was a greater threat on the horizon, the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19. On March 8, we held the last in-person public event at Bihl Haus Arts, the Fred Sings: Women's History Month Concert.
On March 13, the threat of the virus's spread and its potentially disastrous effect on the safety and welfare of everyone involved with BHA, as well as the residents on the premises of The Sorento, was so apparent it became our utmost concern. We made the call to halt all in-person classes and events for the foreseeable future to keep our patrons, students, and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
By doing so, our team quickly pivoted with creative digital solutions to maintain art classes and events. This has allowed Bihl Haus Arts to continue serving the San Antonio community while battling loneliness in older adults. We have Zoomed, Facebook LIVE streamed, and have gone completely virtual! While we miss everyone, we are very grateful we continue creating community through art.
Our virtual programming has been so well received that we will continue to provide online classes and virtual events well after the pandemic. However, to do so we need your support so that we are able to keep up with the times (and technology).
As we prepare to say farewell to 2020, we want to recognize our community for their outpouring support. Without you, Bihl Haus Arts would not have been able to provide virtual GO! Arts and Foward, Arts! classes, or our virtual exhibitions.
Thank you for your continued support of Bihl Haus Arts,
Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Bihl Haus Arts