Fine Arts

Safety Phase Orange - Fall Reopening

The Departments of Art and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music will work creatively this year to create and share the fine arts. Faculty and students will adjust their work to meet the COVID safety expectations and to follow state and national guidelines. Faculty will work with students receiving a fine arts scholarship to ensure requirements for scholarship funds are being met within safety expectations.

Studio Arts

  • Students will follow new procedures for six (6) foot distancing when entering and exiting spaces, accessing storage, using equipment, and cleaning up.
  • A minimum of six (6) feet and ideally ten (10) feet of distancing will be used for face-to-face discussion/critique.
  • Only one student is allowed in small, shared studio spaces at a time (stretcher building woodshop; kiln area; glazing area; documentation studio; matting/cutting studio; 3D printing lab).
  • Students will be assigned to specific work spaces.
  • Safety and hygiene guidelines will be followed for shared equipment.
  • No outside guests will be allowed in the shared spaces/studio space.
  • Where feasible, students will work outdoors.
  • Faculty and students will manage space arrangements and stagger work time outside of class.

Choral Ensembles

Gus in the spotlight at a music stand with a mask

  • Choral ensembles will follow state and national guidelines.
  • Choral members will sing with a special mask.
  • Rehearsals will be shorter.
  • Ensembles will alternate small and large group rehearsal activities; alternate on different days and/or split rehearsals into shorter and varied segments.
  • In rehearsal, students will be arranged with no face-to-face formation and physical distancing of at least six (6) feet.
  • The use of face coverings while singing will follow national guidelines.
  • Students will carry music in a paper music folder to avoid congestion at folder stands.
  • Sheet music will not be shared.
  • No outside guests will be allowed in rehearsal spaces.
  • New procedures will be implemented for entering and exiting class to avoid congregating.

Instrumental Ensembles

  • Ensembles will alternate rehearsals to allow for smaller groups to minimize the number of students in the room.
  • Students will be arranged with no face-to-face formation and physical distancing of six (6) feet.
  • Face coverings will be mandatory when within six (6) feet of others.
  • Students will carry music in a paper music folder to avoid congestion at folder stands.
  • One person per music stand; sheet music will not be shared.
  • No outside guests will be allowed in rehearsal spaces.
  • New procedures will be implemented for entering and exiting class to avoid congregating.
  • Efforts will be made to minimize sharing of instrument/equipment.
  • Any instruments or equipment that needs to be shared will be cleaned by the student following cleaning procedures.

Theatre/Dance

  • Minimum of six (6) feet physical distance will be maintained.
  • No face-to-face arrangements allowed without face covering.
  • Sanitizing protocols will be strictly followed in the shop for tools, machines, and consoles.
  • Costume shop workers will wear face covering, maintain six (6) feet distance, and assign individual equipment where possible.
  • The costume shop will have no-touch costume fittings.
  • Dressing room/green room occupancy will rotate to maintain distancing.
  • Lighting booth usage will be limited during tech rehearsals; students and staff will use headsets to communicate.
  • Dancers to keep 12 feet of distance during rehearsals and performance.
  • Dance students must use their own equipment.
  • Dance choreography will be no-contact; pieces will focus on solos and virtual performances.
  • No outside guests will be allowed in rehearsal spaces.

Gus playing the piano with a mask

Instrumental/Vocal Lessons

  • Alternate schedules will be developed for half in-person and half virtually each week/day.
  • Participants will be expected to maintain good hand hygiene and physical distance of at least six (6) feet.
  • Users will sanitize space between each lesson.
  • No congregating in halls before lessons.
  • Adaptations will be made for self-identified high-risk students.

Music Practice Rooms

  • A reservation system for practice rooms will be managed by the music office.
  • One person in a practice room at a time.
  • Good hygiene procedures expected and sanitization kits will be available for student use.

Exhibitions

  • Exhibitions will be open to students and employees.
  • No off-campus visitors will be allowed with the exception of invited guests following College visitor protocols.
  • Face coverings will required for all visitors.
  • Maximum of 50% capacity in exhibition space.
  • Visitors must maintain six (6) feet physical distancing.
  • There will be no receptions.
  • Exhibition hours may be adjusted.
  • Instead of a guestbook, guests are encouraged to email comments and to be added to the Museum publicity list.
  • Exhibition catalogues will be available for pick-up and be found in .PDF form on museum webpage.

Performances

  • No off-campus visitors will be allowed until the College moves to Yellow COVID Safety Phase.
  • Tickets must be ordered online in advance for ticketed events.
  • Audience capacity will be reduced in performance spaces based on six (6) feet physical distancing.
  • All seating will be general admission in pre-designated seats based on distancing.
  • Masks will be required for all audience members.
  • Ushers will be present to facilitate audience seating and traffic flow. Programs will either be projected on screen or picked up without contact.
  • Performances will be livestreamed online as often as possible.