The Dairy Barn Arts Center is dedicated to remaining a safe and welcoming place for our visitors, and your health and safety are our top priorities. In preparation for reopening, we have developed new policies and procedures that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The plan outlined below is in alignment with current official health and government recommendations and may change based on these recommendations at any time.
- Online programming is available, and is constantly being updated on our Classes and Workshops page. We offer artist talks, online workshops, and other live content to keep you engaged from afar.
- Take home an art kits are a great option to make art at home! Choose between glazing a mug or making your own creation from scratch.
- Indoor classes will be held with a capacity of 5-10 people, depending on the activity and table spacing. Social distancing and masks are required to participate.
- Women of Appalachia is our current exhibition. Reservations, social distancing, and masks are required. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday 12-5 pm.
- The Gallery Shop is open Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm with a limit to ten people at a time. You can also shop online.
- Use of our Outdoor space including the Ora Anderson Trail is encouraged. You can even take a tour with your cell phone.
- The Dairy Barn Ceramics Studio is open by reservation only, with a limit of two people at a time. A separate cleaning procedure has been created for this area.
Sanitation and Hygiene
- Masks are required for all individuals 10+ and are recommended for children who are able to wear them.
- Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, bathroom facilities, desks, and touchscreens are sanitized multiple times a day using an established cleaning checklist.
- Reservations are required for classes and exhibitions to regulate capacity. Staff will be available to monitor capacity and to answer questions.
- Exhibitions will be set up with a one-directional pathway to encourage social distancing and avoid blind spots and bottlenecks.
- Staff and guests who are sick, exhibit symptoms, or have recently come into contact with an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 are instructed to remain home.
- Signage with reminders and best practices is placed throughout the building.
- Hand sanitizer is placed at convenient locations throughout the building.
- Tables and chairs are located at least 6’ apart chairback to chairback, with extra space for foot traffic in key locations.
- Ventilation is maximized when possible, and air-handler filters are changed frequently.
- The floor may be marked in strategic locations when a line is expected to form.
- Staff may begin working on-site but are encouraged to work from home when possible to reduce contact.
- Masks must be worn by staff in the building unless they are alone in their own work environments. Masks must be worn properly and cover noses.
- Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible at 6’ or greater. If this is not possible, contact should be brief and all extra safety precautions should be considered.
- Hand washing and sanitizing should be done frequently and thoroughly including upon arrival, after bathroom usage, and before and after contact with shared items.
- It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the office environment safe. Staff should remind others of safety policies, help sanitize the building, and be proactive in maintaining a safe, healthy, and friendly environment.