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Missouri ArtSafe Certification: Create safely, Present safely, Attend safely

Missouri Arts Organizations Pledge to COVID-19 Safe Practices

What is Missouri ArtSafe?

The Missouri Arts Council promotes COVID-19 safe practices by arts and cultural organizations statewide when the arts reopen under local guidelines. Together with the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance, a coalition of organizations throughout the state, we have created Missouri ArtSafe Certification. Organizations become certified by pledging and adhering to a core level of safe practices.

Missouri ArtSafe Pledge

To ensure that we may Create Safely, Present Safely, and Attend Safely, we pledge to:
Facial coverings
Social distancing
Health checks
Contact tracing
Enhanced sanitation
Training in COVID-19 safe practices

Create and present

How does an organization become certified? Start by registering to become part of the program. There is no cost for participating.

Each registered organization will receive free online video training, support in developing your safe reopening plan, and certification when you pledge to meet Missouri ArtSafe standards.

You do not need to be a Missouri Arts Council grant recipient or a nonprofit to be included in the Missouri ArtSafe Registry.

Missouri ArtSafe was developed to give the arts sector a way to learn about best practices in producing art for the public during the pandemic. The program provides training, universal measures, certification, and promotion.

Participating organizations gain valuable training for frontline staff and volunteers, information on best practices in reopening, guidance on developing a plan, and promotion of their organization’s efforts in protecting creatives, staff, volunteers, and audiences.

Recommended for participation are any arts-focused organizations that are presenting, producing, or serving the arts, for-profit or nonprofit, of any size or location in Missouri. This includes theaters, galleries, museums, concert halls; literary, dance, and music groups; and more.

Yes, Missouri-based for-profit businesses are eligible if they primarily present, produce, or serve the arts.

This program is designed to scale to any size of organization. It is not one-size-fits-all. However, smaller organizations may need additional help. Don’t hesitate to contact us at missouriartsafe@ltgov.mo.gov.

Both. Here’s why: If the organization and the venue are separate entities, both have responsibilities that affect COVID-19 safety. You should determine who is responsible for which measures, and both entities should seek certification. In that way, venues that serve multiple organizations will help all groups achieve certification more easily. All audiences should be assured that the venue is as serious about audience safety as the presenting organization. There will be less confusion if everyone is certified.

While Missouri ArtSafe Certification is optional, you may wish to obtain certification to ensure that your frontline staff and volunteers are trained and that your COVID-19 plan addresses all areas, and to publicly demonstrate your pledge to present safely.

No, Missouri Arts Council grantees are NOT required to participate.

Participation in this program is optional and is not required for reopening to audiences.

There are no repercussions for not participating in this program. It is entirely optional. You may even choose to use the information and not to seek to be certified.

No, there is no cost to participate.

There is no deadline to participate. We will keep this program as long as there is a need for safe COVID-19 practices.

While outdoor events may reduce the risk, they do not eliminate it. There are other factors that are important to mitigate the risks that Missouri ArtSafe training addresses. We recommend that you obtain Missouri ArtSafe Certification.

All organizations must train their staff and frontline volunteers interacting with the public in the video training provided in COVID-19 safe practices. In addition, each organization must make their plan for their COVID-19 practices available to the public on the Missouri ArtSafe website. Minimum standards include facial coverings for frontline staff and volunteers, strongly encouraged for the public. Social distancing for all. Health checks for frontline staff and volunteers. Enhanced sanitation of public areas, particularly high-touch surfaces. Sanitizing gel and/or hand washing stations are available to the public. Local government or health authorities may mandate stricter standards.

STL Arts Resources is a new arts information website that, though designed for the St. Louis region, contains a wealth of information applicable to artists and arts organizations anywhere. Additional resources are at Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts’ Reopening Plan Guidance page and the Missouri Arts Council’s COVID-19 Resources page.

We ask that participating organizations include the Missouri ArtSafe graphic in online and print promotion to let audiences know. In addition, all participating organizations will be listed on the missouriartsafe.org website, with links to your own website and to your plan.

We are not recommending when you should reopen. Not all organizations will be ready to open at the same time. Different areas, different resources, and different issues will all affect when your organization can reopen. When to reopen is a decision that should be taken in consultation with community health authorities, your audiences, artists, board, staff, and volunteers. It is better to wait to reopen when you are ready than to reopen too soon.

It is important to create resources and information for reopening before most groups have the need for them. Some groups have already reopened, but many more have not. It takes time to train your frontline staff and volunteers, develop plans, and prepare to reopen. Missouri ArtSafe is not an endorsement to reopen before your community, audience, and organization are ready and prepared.

This certification is based on self-assessment. You will declare that you have trained your frontline staff, create a COVID-19 plan, and submit the pledge to be approved for certification. The plan will be evaluated to ensure that it addresses all of the universal measures. You must develop a COVID-19 plan that addresses all the universal measures to be certified. Organizations and venues may have different responses to meet the measures depending on the facility, type of art presented, and community circumstances. Organizations are not being assessed or evaluated on site.

Once you have completed the requirements for submitting (training, the plan, the pledge) you will hear within 10 business days. Depending on the size of your organization, the complexity of your art presentation, and your venue, it make take weeks or months to prepare for certification. There is no deadline for seeking certification.

No, Missouri ArtSafe Certification will not protect you in the event of litigation. However, your efforts to mitigate issues around COVID-19 will aid your legal defense.

You will be contacted by email when you have been certified. The email will send a link to the logos you may use to present your organization or venue as Missouri ArtSafe Certified. If there are questions about your submission, we will contact the person who submitted the form. You may use the logo as long as you maintain the universal measures.

You are encouraged to use this designation in any appropriate public communications—digital, print, video, and audio. When the logo is used online, it should link to missouriartsafe.org. You may also print and use the logo in your venue signage, box office, point of sale, entry, etc. In addition, the Missouri Arts Council will promote the site in order to inform audiences about the participating organizations.

For more information
Contact us at missouriartsafe@ltgov.mo.gov if you need help or more information.

Attend

How to find a certified organization and learn details about what they’re doing? All the organizations that have become certified in Missouri ArtSafe are listed in this table, with links to their individual COVID-19 safety plans.

Missouri Arts Safety Alliance

American Jazz Museum, Arts and Education Council, ArtsKC, City of St. Louis–Special Events, COCA, Crafts Alliance Center of Art + Design, I.A.T.S.E., Local 6, Jazz St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, The Luminary, Missouri Arts Council, The Muny, National Blues Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Repertory Theatre St. Louis, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Starlight Theatre, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Disclaimer, Waiver, and Release

 By providing the program and services of this website, the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance, and its principals, members, or authorized agents are not liable for any conduct (negligent or otherwise) of any organization, agents, or employees thereof or the condition of their premises as a result of the instructions of this program.

All users of the services of this site hereby agree that the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance, and its principals, members, or authorized agents are not liable for any conduct of any user, user agents, or employees or for the condition of the user’s premises as a result of the instruction of this program.