Back in March there was an expectation that the COVID-19 pandemic would be behind us by Memorial Day, or at least by sometime this summer, and certainly by the time kids would be set to return to school in the fall. It’s becoming clear that those were, at best, optimistic projections, and area organizations are preparing for the reality that many fall activities will have to take place in a virtual format.

Among those groups are Princeton’s McCarter Theater and Princeton University Art Museum, which have canceled in-person programming until at least 2021. Their announcements are printed below.

Meanwhile, U.S. 1 is committed to helping arts organizations spread the word about their plans and events. Our annual Fall Arts Preview will be printed Wednesday, September 9. To make sure your organization’s activities are included, contact arts editor Dan Aubrey at dan@princetoninfo.com.

To the McCarter Community

With a heavy heart, we have made the decision to cancel all in-person performances through January 31, 2021. It’s difficult to imagine so much time without artists, staff, and patrons in our building, but we believe that this is the best choice for the health and safety of our community.

We continue to evaluate plans and opportunities for February onward and what might be possible for programming. As government orders continue to evolve and artist schedules change, we will keep you posted as we have information and news.

We hope you will continue to join us online through McCarter@HOME. Our digital platform hosts a weekly series of educational activities and creative content including interviews, timely conversations, playlists, behind-the-scenes clips, community play readings, and virtual classes.

Today is also a day for advocacy. You can help support the entire arts community by asking your elected officials to support a new relief package that addresses ongoing and long-term challenges related to the pandemic. This link takes you to the Performing Arts Alliance and a letter that you can personalize and send with one click. By raising your voice today, you’ll be joining advocates nationwide in urging Congress to take immediate action.

Thank you. Our community’s ongoing generous support, understanding, and encouragement have lifted our spirits. We appreciate you and we miss you! We look forward to “re-opening day” and welcoming you back to McCarter.

We hope that you are well during this challenging time. Today, we write to share the Museum’s plans for the coming months, guided by our continued commitment to the health of our students, faculty, staff, community neighbors, and visitors.

An Update from Princeton University Art Museum

As you may have read, Princeton University announced last Friday that the undergraduate program will be fully remote for the fall semester. The Museum will therefore also continue serving our audiences virtually, and our galleries will remain closed to visitors until at least January 1, 2021. The galleries at Art@Bainbridge will also remain closed until further notice.

The Museum will, however, take requests for in-person appointments from Princeton University faculty and students who are authorized to be on campus this fall and need access to the collections for research and teaching. These requests will be subject to Museum approval, will be limited in number, and will regrettably not be available to scholars or others from outside the University.

We know this news will come as a disappointment to many. We share that disappointment. There is no substitute for experiencing great works of art in the original nor for the solace, escape, and joy that such experiences can afford. Even so, we remain steadfastly committed to serving all of our audiences with robust and burgeoning digital programs; indeed, in the face of this evolving situation, we are doubling down on our commitment to expanding the range and diversity of our offerings, including presenting new digital exhibitions, new program formats, and new guest voices.

Although we are unable to welcome you back into our galleries this fall, we hope you will enjoy our expanding portfolio of digital experiences, including live online lectures and conversations; video exhibition tours; Art for Families; art-making classes from home; and other participatory forums, such as the first-ever all-digital Nassau Street Sampler on September 3.

As we all know, the situation remains quite fluid, and we encourage you to visit the Museum’s website and social media channels regularly for updates. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support.

For more information on McCarter Theater and updates on programming, visit www.mccarter.org.

For information and updates from Princeton University Art Museum, visit artmuseum.princeton.edu.

For day-by-day listings of events taking place in person and virtually, visit www.princetoninfo.com/events or see the printed calendar in the Preview section. Submit event information and photographs to events@princetoninfo.com.

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