Click for downloadable version: Dallas Arts and Community Reopening Guidelines 7.23.2020

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updated 7.23.20
s Texas works to reopen from its COVID-19 closures, members of the Dallas nonprofit arts and cultural community have created guidelines to resume operations once authorized to do so. The standards capture overarching safety principles and risk mitigation practices in our industries that will guide the policies and strategies unique to each organization’s art form, audiences, artists, and venues. This is a living document. We will regularly assess the evolving status of the pandemic in North Texas and will, in alignment with the latest scientific and medical recommendations, make changes accordingly. These guidelines have been reviewed by Dr. Trish Perl, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center and her recommendations have been incorporated.

Arts and culture define the identity of Dallas. It’s an industry which, before COVID-19, had an annual economic impact of close to $1B supporting 33,000 jobs. Each year, the economic impact generated by these small businesses produce more than $45M in local tax revenues.1 Our diverse, growing cultural community has supported our reputation as a creative, vibrant city helping to attract talent, jobs, and corporate relocations to Dallas. They create economic, cultural, tourism, and quality-of-life ripple effects touching every corner of our city. To resume operations, we are adopting reasonable measures as a roadmap to reduce risk moving forward while providing a safe, welcoming, and respectful patron experience.

Guiding Principles for Reopening to the Public:

Each organization will determine risk mitigation factors for external and internal conditions that will allow for its reopening and ongoing specific operating procedures. This builds on the guidance from the Governor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and City and County health and public safety authorities.
Before reopening, each organization will develop its own risk mitigation plans for its unique venues and art form that will address:

1) Patrons and guests
2) Artists, lecturers, visiting companies and back-of-house staff
3) Docents, ushers, volunteers, concessions and front-of-house staff
4) Contractors (i.e. security, parking, concessions, etc.)
5) Office staff
6) Equity and accessibility

To reassure the public, our staff, and our artists, we will work to achieve the following safety and risk mitigation measures:

Participating Dallas Cultural Organizations*

  1. African American Museum
  2. Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
  3. American Baroque Opera Company
  4. AT&T Performing Arts Center
  5. Avant Chamber Ballet
  6. Beckles Dancing Company
  7. Bishop Arts Theatre Company
  8. Bruce Wood Dance
  9. Business Council for the Arts
  10. Chamber Music International
  11. Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
  12. City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
    • Majestic Theatre
    • Moody Performance Hall
    • South Dallas Cultural Center
    • Latino Cultural Center
  13. Creative Arts Center of Dallas
  14. Crow Museum of Asian Art, University of Texas at Dallas
  15. Cry Havoc Theater Company
  16. Dallas Arts District Foundation
  17. Dallas Bach Society
  18. Dallas Black Dance Theatre
  19. Dallas Chamber Symphony
  20. Dallas Children’s Theater
  21. Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
  22. Dallas Historical Society
  23. Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
  24. Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
  25. Dallas Museum of Art
  26. The Dallas Opera
  27. Dallas Summer Musicals
  28. Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  29. Dallas Theater Center
  30. Dallas Video Fest
  31. Dallas Winds
  32. Dance Council of North Texas
  33. Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
  34. Echo Theatre
  35. Fair Park First
  36. Fine Arts Chamber Players
  37. Indique Dance Company
  38. Junior Players
  39. Klyde Warren Park
  40. Lone Star Wind Orchestra
  41. Lyric Stage
  42. Nasher Sculpture Center
  43. North Texas Ballet
  44. Ollimpaxqui Ballet
  45. Orchestra of New Spain
  46. Orpheus Chamber Singers
  47. Pegasus Theatre
  48. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  49. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
  50. Sammons Center for the Arts
  51. Second Thought Theatre
  52. Shakespeare Dallas
  53. Soul Rep Theatre Company
  54. Texas Ballet Theater
  55. TITAS/Dance Unbound
  56. Theatre Three
  57. Turtle Creek Chorale
  58. Undermain Theatre
  59. Uptown Players
  60. Verdigris Ensemble
  61. The Women’s Chorus of Dallas


^1–2015 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, City of Dallas, Americans for the Arts