On March 12, Governor DeWine announced that the Director of the Department of Health had signed an order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 100 persons. We have carefully reviewed this order and while it does not specifically prohibit MAC classes we believe that continuing classes is contrary to the spirit of the order and efforts by public health officials to limit the impact of COVID-19. As a civic organization we have a civic responsibility to act in harmony with public policy. For this reason and for the safety of our students, instructors and staff, the Middletown Arts Center Board of Governors has decided to suspend classes and public access to the Middletown Arts Center for the remainder of this term which ends on April 23. Students may request a credit or refund for the balance of the tuition on our web page.
We also have responsibilities to our instructors, staff, students, supporters and the future of the Middletown Arts Center. Consequently, the staff will continue to work and be paid. Instructors will receive their contractually required fees. The staff is presently working on a number of important tasks related to future events, class schedules, building maintenance, grant writing and fund raising. This work needs to continue. Funding at the MAC is always a challenge and since our expenses continue during this difficult time we ask for your support. If you can manage without a tuition credit, that will be a great help.
We hope to reopen for the next term on April 29 but that will depend on developments which at this time are unknown. The Board of Governors and the staff will continue to monitor the situation and communications from the Department of Health and we will continue to update you through email, our social media and website.