It's been more than two months since the Center for the Arts drew the curtain on events for live audiences. In that time, the venue has developed a robust presence on Facebook Live, and helped to promote events and offerings from the myriad nonprofits housed in the building. 

Today, the center announced its decision to hold off on in-person events in its theater until at least September.

"We will continue to bring you engaging virtual content featuring regional talent as well as new ways to activate our campus," the organization wrote in a press release.

Although the building itself is now open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, the team decided, like many live venues, that it would be imprudent to promote gathering community members at this stage in the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, the center's virtual offerings are going strong.

At 5 p.m. today, Canyon Kids reincarnation, Inland Isle, will play a set of original music via the center's Facebook Live. The performance is part of the ongoing "Songs from the Center" series. Next Friday will mark the return of a performance that was cancelled just a week before the theater officially closed its doors due to a leaky roof. Sneaky Pete and the Secret weapons will debut its "Sneaky Pete and the Acoustic Weapons" show, where the band retrofits much of its discography to fit entirely acoustic arrangements.

For the visually inclined, the center is currently featuring work from aerial photographer Sam Cook. The virtual exhibition can be found here.

By canceling its summer season, the organization is also nixing its annual benefit concert. To replace the important revenue from this event, the center will launch a fundraising campaign at some point during the summer. 

"We will be launching a direct appeal campaign asking our community to help sustain Jackson's creative home," the press release said. 

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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