Hello CD Forum Family,
I’m writing this from my house, because I’m not feeling well. And in being a responsible citizen and leader, I’ve been at home trying to nurse myself back to health. At the same time, I’ve been able to keep myself and our team up to date on the ongoing updates around the COVID-19 crisis. Please be assured, CD Forum is deeply committed to the health and safety of our community and everyone who visits Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
As you know, we have already postponed our events Sunday Dinner with Barbara Earl Thomas and 12. Although this was done in consultation with staff, board, and the artists, it is always hard to make the decision to cancel an event. It is even harder to not have the experience that we love having in bringing our community together. And after hearing the Executive Order issued by Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday morning, we’ve decided to cancel all upcoming events through April 2020.
We will continue to share updates and information with you as we determine our next steps.
With that said, I want to encourage you to continue taking actions that will help curb the spread of the virus: washing your hands with soap and water, staying home if you are sick, keeping social distance when attending events, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
As Governor Inslee stated, this is not just the flu. COVID-19 is a serious virus and we must all do our part in ensuring that its effects are minimized as much as possible.
YOU are the heart of our organization, and we can’t make it through this time without you. Therefore, below are some resources with information for artists and small businesses that may be able to aid you during this time.
Together we can get through anything.
Much Appreciation and Respect,
Sharon Nyree Williams
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
In addition to Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation that prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people, Public Health—Seattle & King County is also issuing a Health Officer order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.
Effective immediately, under an order from Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people. In addition, the local order is prohibiting events of less than 250 people, unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk.
In addition to the mandatory social distancing strategy, Inslee also made strong recommendations such as:
Ask high-risk populations to avoid social and recreational contact with others, including attendance at large events.
Implement changes to the workplace such as maximizing telecommuting options for as many employees as possible, and implementing social distancing in the workplace within reason.
Make considerations for public transit such as additional cleaning and sanitizing.
RESOURCES + LINKS:
If you're in a position to do so, please pitch in a few dollars to this fund aimed at helping those in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.
If you're an artist in need of financial support please visit HERE.
A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners have joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19 Response Fund