SOMArts Cultural Center reopens to the public at limited capacity on Saturday, October 10, 2020 for Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020.

As we reimagine the exhibition experience at SOMArts, we are committed to making your visit as safe as possible. Our reopening plan implements city and state regulations by facilitating: contactless visitor sign in, increased facilities cleaning, timed ticketing entry, informational signage, social distancing, required masks, and reduced visitor capacity.

SOMArts’ Health and Safety Plan can be found here.
Learn more about our visitor safety guidelines below:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have had a test confirming you have the virus.
  • You live in the same household with, or have you had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVID-19 or had a test confirming they have the virus.
  • You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by another reason: Fever, Chills, or Repeated Shaking/Shivering, Cough, Sore Throat, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing, Feeling Unusually Weak or Fatigued, Loss of Taste or Smell, Muscle pain, Headache, Runny or congested nose, Diarrhea.

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.

Rescheduling: It’s crucial to the safety and health of our community that those who are feeling sick stay home. If you have a cough or fever, a SOMArts staff can help you reschedule your visit [email protected]

Tickets: All guests are required to register for a timed entry ticket online prior to their visit. Please note that there will be a limited number of tickets per day to ensure that we do not exceed capacity.

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: All guests and staff are required to wear masks (vented masks not permitted), and maintain social distancing while at SOMArts. Use the contactless hand sanitizer found throughout the building before and after touching any surface.

Food and Drink: There is no eating or drinking allowed inside SOMArts.


Arrival: Please arrive at your allotted time frame to avoid congestion at the exhibition entrance and have your ticket ready to be scanned

Contactless Self Assessment: All guests are required to fill out a self assessment form upon arrival for contact tracing purposes. Children will need a parent or guardian to fill out the form for them.

Accessing sign in form: QR codes will be posted at the entry points where guests can fill out the form on their phones. If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you.

Restrooms: For your safety, restroom access is limited.

Need Help? If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you.


Handrails, doorknobs, restroom surfaces, restroom fixture handles, equipment, and touchable surfaces are sanitized as needed throughout the day, with a daily checklist provided to staff.


SOMArts has touch-free paper-towels dispensers, soap dispensers, and faucets in all public restrooms.

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


SOMArts has a loading dock with large, openable roll-up at one of our Event Spaces, a silent high-velocity 12ft fan at its other end, exits and 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. Additionally, 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. We’ve added additional floor standing hepa fan-based filtration units to our public restrooms to complement existing overhead ventilation. Currently, we are working on implementing ventilation solutions for rain and wet weather.

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. Many have openable doors at either end and are adjacent to our Event Space, benefiting from its air flow. We are restricting access to areas with poor air flow.

photographs courtesy of Helena Gonzalez Martinez


SOMArts’ Event Rentals team is ready to showcase a host of digital 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
  • Touchless temperature checks on arrival
  • 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!