SVMoA is temporarily closed.
We know our patrons, volunteers, and staff have questions about coronavirus.
Everyone here at Sun Valley Museum of Art takes this seriously, and we are monitoring the situation closely. We want you to know what actions we are taking to prepare and protect the health of our patrons, artists, and staff.
SVMoA and Company of Fools are following the guidelines and recommendations of both the State of Idaho Health department and the CDC and have temporarily closed.
March 13, 2020
Letter from the Director
The Sun Valley Museum of Art’s top priority is the health and well-being of this community, especially those who are the most vulnerable. It is important to act collectively to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we have opted to cancel public gatherings (concerts, openings, classes) organized through Sun Valley Museum of Art and Company of Fools through Saturday, April 18.
During this time, we will continue to re-evaluate and make any necessary adjustments but for now we have decided to keep the museum open. Even in difficult times museums serve as a place of refuge, contemplation and joy for families and individuals.
Our newest exhibition, Free Play, opens Friday, March 20th. It is designed to encourage play and experimentation. We invite you to stop by The Museum to enjoy this BIG IDEA project during regular business hours, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm and Saturdays in March, 11am–5pm.
We will be closed to visitors until next Friday, March 20 as planned for install.
For those who have purchased tickets to events between now and April 18, please contact us Monday, March 16 or anytime thereafter to make a donation or request a refund.
As this is an ever changing situation please check our website and Facebook for updates and we will do our best to keep you informed of what is happening at The Museum and Company of Fools as quickly as we can.
These are challenging times, particularly for local non profit organizations who are always pushing to do as much as they can on shoe string budgets. Choosing to cancel ticketed events, annual festivals and fundraisers are difficult choices for these organizations. This community has always done an incredible job of taking care of one another. As we move through this moment please consider the organizations that make this community the rich, vibrant, stimulating place that it is and consider donating the value of your ticket or event pass back to the presenting organizations or send a little extra to those organizations who have had to cancel annual fundraisers. If we all lean in, we can all carry each other.
We look forward to being able to gather together as a community again to celebrate the arts and their power to nurture, heal and sometimes provoke a little laughter.
Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of various national arts organizations, we are taking a series of preventative steps to help ensure the health of our patrons, staff, and artists, including:
- Deep cleaning our venues (The Museum, Liberty Theatre and Hailey House & Classroom) and asking our partner venues to do the same (the Argyros, Church of the Big Wood, etc)
- This involves sanitizing all surfaces, including door handles, light switches, arm rests, and other high contact surfaces
- We are providing hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes for patrons and staff
- Frequent hand washing is required, and monitored, for all staff and volunteers
- Limited usher/volunteer and patron interaction such as not handing out programs, not taking tickets, and ensuring hands are washed after all concessions interactions
If you are feeling ill, we strongly suggest that you stay home. All of our staff and artists are being asked to monitor their health and notify us of any changes to their health status.
As stated above, we will continue to evaluate the changing landscape and make any additional necessary adjustments to protect the health of our patrons and staff.