As the state of West Virginia begins the process of re-opening businesses, we are pleased that it means we can start to welcome guests back to the Clay Center soon. At this time, public access to the Discovery and Art Museum is being evaluated. The Center’s management is working diligently to adhere to the guidelines set forth by state, government and health authorities including limiting gatherings to no more than 25, no access to touch displays, no congregated/play areas, etc. It is our hope, that with new measures in place, the Clay Center will be able to open to the public in early summer. However, we look forward to welcoming patrons back a little earlier in several ways:
- Summer Camps: Beginning June 15, we are excited to offer summer camp programming to budding explorers, artists, engineers, and scientists. Camps will be offered with limited capacity and held in self-contained classrooms with physical distancing protocols in place. Students will have the ability to experience the traditional aspects of summer camp programs centered around themes like chemistry, art and science discoveries, 3D printing, art exploration, robotics and more.
- Art Workshops, Classes and Small Group Tours: Adult and teen-focused programming in the Juliet Art Museum led by Center staff and locally-based artists. These courses and exhibit tours will follow the same procedures of limited capacity and physical distancing.
As mentioned above, in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines for re-opening museums we will not offer general access to the Avampato Discovery Museum until these restrictions are lifted. Similarly, performances and large gatherings will not be offered at the Center until we are cleared by public officials. We are continuously working with artists to reschedule performances. We are anxious to open the curtains in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall; however, we know that a brief intermission is what is in the best interests of our patrons, staff, and performers. We will continue to follow local and state government guidelines and the advice of experts and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Through every development of the COVID-19 crisis, the safety and health of our patrons and employees has been our first priority, and as we begin the process of re-opening the Center, it remains at the forefront of our decision making. As these decisions are made and plans developed, additional details regarding camps, workshops, and programming will be made available soon. This information, including online registration, will be available via the Clay Center website at www.theclaycenter.org, and on official Clay Center social media sites.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. We look forward to exploring the Clay Center with you soon!
There is no higher priority than the health and well-being of our employees and patrons. On the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Clay Center leadership has made the difficult decision to temporarily close all museum galleries effective Monday, March 16. We will provide frequent updates on any changes in our operations status. Thank you for your understanding as we work together to ensure a safe environment for our community. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.theclaycenter.org/covid19. Updates will also be distributed through the official Clay Center social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
During these ever-changing times, we are deeply grateful for your steadfast and continued support. While the impact of this health event continues to evolve, we are inspired by stories of West Virginians coming together to help one another. The Clay Center is incredibly proud to be part of a resilient, compassionate community.
Museum Members –
We are mindful of how the closing of public access to the museum has affected your membership experience. To compensate for the interruption in your benefits, all current memberships will be extended until access to the museum galleries is available to you again. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience during this time and we hope to see you very soon!
March 14: WV Symphony – CANCELLED
March 17: Introduction to Watercolor with Ellie Schaul – POSTPONED
March 19: Art After Dark – CANCELLED
March 19: Home School Day – CANCELLED
March 20: Sound Checks – Los Elk – CANCELLED
March 24: STOMP – POSTPONED (June 5, 2021)
March 26: Building Our Community Panel – CANCELLED
March 27: Manufacturing the Future: CANCELLED
March 28: WV Symphony – CANCELLED
March 31: Black Violin School Show – POSTPONED (September 29)
March 31: Black Violin Public Show – POSTPONED (September 29)
April 6-10: Spring Break STEM Day Camps – CANCELLED
April 10: Sound Checks – Hawktail – CANCELLED
April 11: Eggstravaganza – CANCELLED
April 12: Abundant Life Service – CANCELLED
April 16: Home School Day – CANCELLED
April 18: WV Symphony – CANCELLED
April 23: Three Dog Night – POSTPONED (July 3)
April 28: The Color Purple – CANCELLED
May 6: Trace Adkins – POSTPONED (August 5)
May 9: Woody Hawley Featuring Bob Malone – CANCELLED
May 10: Chris Botti – POSTPONED
May 15: Sound Checks – Southern Avenue – CANCELLED
May 17: Mountain Stage with Larry Groce ft. Saving Grace w/ Robert Plant & Suzi Dian: POSTPONED
May 18: WV Symphony – CANCELLED
May 24: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – POSTPONED (Additional information to be announced)
May 27: An American in Paris – CANCELLED
June 10: Nelly – POSTPONED
In light of the current unprecedented public health challenges, the Clay Center remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests and staff. We are closely monitoring the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and other local and national public health authorities to stay informed of the evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). All performances and major events (events with an audience of over 250) are suspended for the next thirty days. Following that time period, Clay Center leadership will evaluate the status of the public health pandemic to determine the safest course of action for future events. As a current ticket holder, you will be receiving communication via email and phone from the Clay Center regarding the status of the event you hold tickets for.
As a public space and resource, the Clay Center is dedicated to keeping our guests safe and informed. Hand washing remains the best way to stop the spread of any germs. Hand sanitizer stations have been increased throughout the building and are present in all exhibits, galleries, classrooms, and the performance hall. Currently, Clay Center museum galleries remain open. This status is being monitored daily and is subject to change based on recommendations from the aforementioned local, national, and world health organizations. Center staff will monitor daily museum attendance to ensure that museum galleries do not exceed 250 patrons on site at any given time. Any changes will be communicated via the Clay Center website and official social media channels for immediate notification. Patrons are also encouraged to call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570 prior to visiting. Our staff follows a strict sanitation protocol, including cleaning and disinfecting all exhibits and public spaces daily. As an additional precaution, we are doubling our cleaning and disinfecting efforts of all frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout museum galleries, the planetarium, and performance hall. Additionally, staff members will be on site to encourage and provide hand sanitizer for all guests as they enter and exit museum galleries. For all cleaning and disinfecting, we are following the CDC and WHO recommendations on best practices. As this rapidly shifting public health situation evolves, we will continue to keep the public informed of all changes to regular scheduling. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.theclaycenter.org/covid19. Updates will also be distributed through the official Clay Center social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.