QAC Statement Re: COVID-19

UPDATED APRIL 3, 2021: Due to the latest province-wide “Emergency Brake” order, the QAC Team is again working at home for at least four weeks. The Gallery has not yet reopened to the public. Staff can be reached by email.

As of January 14, 2021: Due to the provincial emergency/stay-at-home order, the QAC Team will continue working from home until further notice.

AS OF DECEMBER 21, 2020: Due to Premier Doug Ford declaring a province wide Shutdown, the QAC team will be working from home until further notice.  (Please note: The office will be closed for the holidays from December 21 to January 4, 2021.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 16, 2020: With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of caution for the health and safety of all, many arts events are being postponed or cancelled. From live theatre to concerts, gallery openings to museums, the most moving of art experiences involve being in a crowd.

At this time, social distancing and\or isolation is encouraged by Health Canada to slow the spread of this pandemic which poses a challenge to the art world – postponing or cancelling events in the effort to contain the spread of the virus is commendable.

The Quinte Arts Council shares concerns for the artists in this community and across the globe. Most artists work independently. They don’t have one employer, they have several, so they have no sick pay. The CRA looks at them as independent contractors so they don’t qualify for EI (employment insurance). The Canadian entertainment unions have sent a letter  to the federal government asking for help, saying production insurance is not covering cancellations related to COVID-19.

As of Monday March 16th, the QAC will be closed to the general public until further notice. Should you wish to make an appointment, please feel free to contact the QAC to do so. We will be using this time to develop programming and professional development workshops we have planned for later in the year.

For ongoing COVID-19 updates and ways to best protect you and your family visit: https://hpepublichealth.ca/ and/or consult the Government of Canada information page.