Arts Council puts programs on hold

Published 8:43 pm Friday, July 10, 2020

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As the numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise, the Troy Arts Council is in limbo as to whether to cancel the arts everts planned for the fall and early winter seasons or to continue to move forward.

TAC President Bill Hoper said, at the present time, the TAC is still going ahead with its plans to have the Beach Boys in Concert in October and the Sheila Jackson and Friends Christmas Concert in December.

“We are moving ahead as scheduled but we are also keeping a close watch on what is happening with the coronavirus,” Hopper said.  “If the virus continues as it is now, we will begin to look at postponing or cancelling the shows, in turn.”

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Hopper said, if the shows are cancelled, a decision will have to made regarding how to compensate the TAC patrons who pre-paid for season tickets.

“‘Chanticleer’ canceled its spring tour and they were contracted with us in March, so we have already lost one arts event,” Hopper said. “If we have to cancel the Beach Boys and Sheila’s concerts, then we will need to look at how we want to compensate our patrons, either by refunding their money, giving credit for next year’s events or in some other way.”

Hopper said hopes are that the coronavirus numbers will begin to decrease and that, by fall, life will be back somewhere close to normal.

“If that happens, we will be able to have both the Beach Boys and Shelia Jackson and Friends concerts,” Hopper said. “In a month or two, we should know which direction to take for the scheduled concerts in 2020 and the planning for the coming year.”