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Bookstore Closure and other COVID-19 updates

*update: our plan was to keep an eye on the news and notices regarding COVID-19 with a hopeful re-opening date for our office and bookstore of March 27th, we have decided to keep the office and bookstore closed until further notice, but are rolling out some online programming next week. Thank you for all of your support and love, let's stay connected!*

Dear Friends, 

 
We’re feeling the stress and anxiety brought on by the rapidly developing situation surrounding COVID-19, and reflecting on how to balance our principles of valuing gathering and meaningful artistic exchange with the social care required by the events of the last few weeks. We believe that the best thing that we can do for our audience, our membership and our volunteers at this time is close our bookstore and office to the public until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor announcements and new recommendations as they come out, and will be assessing our next steps in the coming weeks. For now, we want to do our part to help “flatten the curve” and encourage our community to stay home and practice social distancing as much as they can. 
 
We are still available by email and phone, and any online bookstore orders will continue to be shipped. 70% of all consignment and 50% of all t-shirt sales go directly to the artists – Eyelevel is taking extra steps to get bookstore income out to artists as quickly as possible.  
https://www.eri8.art

We are in ongoing conversations with our fellow Artist-Run Centres about how we can support one another and our communities during these precarious times. Resources sharing, emergency funding, impact surveys and digital programming is happening all over the region, and we will continue to share new initiatives, information and resources through social media as they develop. We are working on some informal and playful skype-based programming so that we can digitally connect with one another over the next few weeks. We aim to have a schedule of digital drop-in programs announced early next week. 
  
 
Affected Programs at Eyelevel:
Our current exhibition THE IMPOSSIBLE MUSEUM, located in the Thomas McCulloch Museum at Dalhousie University, will be closed until further notice. We will be in conversation with the curator, artists and Dalhousie staff regarding extending the exhibition beyond April 30th once it re-opens. A digital version of the exhibition catalogue is now available online, and a photo tour of the exhibition. Both are accessible through our website at http://eyelevel.art/impossible-museum-darcy-wilson-amy-malbeuf-curated-lisa-bouraly
 
Film Club, our monthly screening of fun flicks prioritizing QTBIPOC+ filmmakers is cancelled for April. Our May screening is TBD.  
 
 
Some Resources and Information:
Update and list of resources from Lindell Smith (HRM District 8 Counsellor):
https://lindellsmithhfx.ca/2020/03/16/covid-19-update-march-16/
 
Halifax Caremongering Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401399166697546/
 
Info on Visual Arts NS’ webinar series and Emergency Grant program:
https://visualarts.ns.ca/cancellations-and-closures-covid-19/
 
Compiled list of resources for Canadian artists & freelancers during COVID-19:
https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1j5G-290oBGludXRJEV4pS-sdefCX9MWUkwk2WT7K99Y/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR2lnKZy_FzQ1Ca4H5JOfvviw0PI5UqIf0iPFEAmnVpLm5gTbSn-dHFp3W0
 
We will continue to post and share information on resources for artists and our fellow arts organizations over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you would like us to share something, please reach out through any of those channels. 
 

 
Wishing you all comfort, care and safety, 

Sally Wolchyn-Raab
Artistic Director