As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts the region, we feel it's important to keep you updated on the steps we are taking to support you and the Green Box Arts community of artists, students, instructors and patrons. This page serves as an evolving guide to Green Box Arts’ response to the virus and will include the most up-to-date information on the status of our programs and events, as well as useful resources and ways you can participate with us as we go forward.
We at Green Box and ArtDesk Magazine have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adapting to health guidelines recommended by state and local authorities. Many reactions to these uncertain times have been inspiring. “Bolero Juilliard”, directed and choreographed by Green Box Arts cofounder Larry Keigwin, is a great example of artists coming together online. Such artistic collaborations have often started at Green Box Arts Festivals, where the creative process is on full display.
The 2020 Green Box Arts Festival will be pivoting in compliance of safety regulations. Many traditional experiences will be noticeably absent from this summer’s festival, but, we’ll also be trying some new things too.
The 2020 Green Box Arts Festival will not be cancelled, but will be smaller. You’ve come to know Green Box as an organization that thinks creatively and innovatively. Our 2020 Festival offerings will be no different. Our Board of Advisors and Staff are reimagining the Green Box experience our friends love in a safe way that follows all mandated precautions. Details about the festival will be available on our website starting June 1, 2020.
While it is disappointing to announce some cancellations, doing so will ensure the safety of artists, instructors, and participants. In addition to the announcement that The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company will not join us (they’ll be with us in 2021), we will cancel all classes and workshops. This decision was not made lightly, and involved discussions between Green Mountain Falls officials, festival founders, board members, staff, artists, and instructors. It is my sincere hope that, over the course of the next month, we will have greater clarity about the pandemic's impact on public gathering and travel for the end of June and the first of July.
What makes Green Box truly special is the community created by our wonderful patrons and friends, and we are grateful for your ongoing support and generosity. It is my hope that you will join us for the 2020 Green Box Arts Festival, which may have a new structure, but will still have the same passion for arts and our community.
Christian Keesee, Co-Founder