LAST UPDATED: MARCH 17, 2022

Masks are strongly recommended when entering SOMArts’ building. Disposable masks are available at the front desk and an on-duty SOMArts staff person is available to answer any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 vaccination is not currently required to access SOMArts’ gallery during public hours, however proof of vaccination and/or masking may be required for indoor events, some classes, or other activities.

Additionally, we’ve compiled an ongoing list of COVID–19 resources.

SOMArts is now available for space rentals. If you are interested in our classes, please visit the classes page for updates.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER SOMARTS IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Art Awards Exhibition 2021

Top to Bottom: The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Exhibition, 2021. Photography courtesy of Chani Bockwinkel. CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present), 2021. Photography courtesy of Richard Lomibao

GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS

The COVID-19 virus travels in the air and collects indoors: Your risk is much higher indoors. The virus can spread more than six feet. Older adults and those with health risks should avoid indoor settings with crowds.

Proof of Vaccination: COVID-19 Vaccination is not currently required to access SOMArts’ gallery during public hours, however proof of vaccination may be required for indoor events, some classes, or other activities.

Eating and Drinking: There is no eating and drinking indoors during gallery hours.

Walk Ups: We are not requiring timed ticketing at this time. Walk ups are welcome.

Masks: Masks are strongly recommended when entering SOMArts’ building. Disposable masks are available at the front desk. Masking may be required for indoor events, some classes, or other activities.

Onsite staff: Follow any instructions from SOMArts’ on–duty COVID–19 Safety Managers. If you need assistance or have questions during your visit, please contact a SOMArts staff member at the check-in desk.

Building signage: Signs will be posted throughout the SOMArts facilities outlining safety measures that reflect city and state regulations. Please observe and follow signage while you are in the space.

Practice self and collective care: Practice consent and socially distance.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Checking in: SOMArts staff will be available at the exhibition entrance to assist you and answer any questions.

 

Sounds Like Home exhibition vinyl

Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through Lullabies, 2021. Photography courtesy of Rich Lomibao

CLEANING

Handrails, doorknobs, restroom surfaces, restroom fixture handles, equipment, and other touchable surfaces are sanitized as needed throughout the day.

HYGIENE RESOURCES

SOMArts has touch-free paper-towels dispensers, soap dispensers, and faucets in all public restrooms. A freestanding hand-washing station is placed at entry.

SOMArts has hand sanitizer dispensers installed at each entrance and public restroom with additional units throughout the space.

SOMArts has a touch free, water bottle refilling station adjacent to restrooms, and the water fountain has been reinstalled.

AIR FLOW

As of January 2021, SOMArts has installed high-volume air outtake fans along one length of our building with corresponding intake venting along the opposite length, ensuring a constant displacement of interior air with fresh outdoor air.

Additionally, SOMArts has a loading dock with large, openable roll-up door at one end of our Event Space, a silent high-velocity 12ft fan at its other end, doors to the building exterior throughout both our Event and Main Gallery spaces, and mechanical ventilation as part of our heating system around our Theater Space. Our Event, Main Gallery, and Theater spaces all have spacious, open ceilings over 30ft high. Using a combination of these tools depending on weather and context, we can achieve strong fresh airflow throughout our interconnected public spaces.

In our public restrooms we’ve added additional floor standing HEPA fan-based filtration units to complement existing overhead ventilation.

Our tenant offices and upstairs classrooms are lined with openable windows. Additional fans and floor-standing HEPA fan-based filtration units are available for classrooms and offices without openable windows and rotated based on need, used in conjunction with crossflow through open doors throughout these spaces. We are restricting access to areas with poor air flow.

photographs courtesy of Helena Gonzalez Martinez

PRODUCTION AND VIRTUAL STREAMING

SOMArts’ Event Rentals team is ready to showcase a host of digital and in person services for clients who are pivoting to virtual streaming productions.

For small-crew streaming productions we’ve implemented a number of safety protocols including:

  • Masks required by crew at all times
  • Bathroom assignments for cast and crew
  • Dedicated dressing rooms
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Mobile touchless hand washing stations in production spaces
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols
  • Strict adherence to all state and local guidelines
  • Trained and certified COVID Safety Officers on site

Learn more about SOMArts’ virtual streamings services here!