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COVID-19 Arts Updates

Bardo Arts Center Reopening Announcement and Visiting Guidelines

Museum filled with multiple works of art, lots of colors

WCU School of Art & Design Faculty Biennial at the WCU Fine Art Museum. On display through May 7, 2021.

As of March 16, 2021, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is now open to the general public during normal business hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10-4PM and Thursday, 10-7PM. 

The Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall and events in the WCU Fine Art Museum will reopen to the general public on an as needed basis. All events in the Hall and the Museum will be ticketed or will require a free reservation until further notice.   

Reservations are required to visit the WCU Fine Art Museum. Schedule your visit at calendly.com/bardoartscenter to ensure the Museum is not at capacity during that time. Tickets for events in the BAC Performance Hall and other performance venues (University Auditorium, Niggli Studio Theatre, etc.) will be made available as needed. Please note, face coverings are required at all times.

Thank You for Your Understanding

We know these are difficult times and we greatly appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility. Please note that the situation is fluid and we will continuously provide updates as they become available through our e-communicationswebsite, and social media

Please stay tuned for further updates regarding WCU arts events. 


Visiting Requirements and Guidelines 

The Governor’s Executive Orders are the bare minimum expectations and WCU’s Community Standards go above and beyond the Governor’s Orders to keep you and others safe. Face coverings are required in order to enter the building and your face covering must remain on for duration of your visit. 

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an ever-shifting situation, and the university will be responsive to the latest guidance and information issued by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Face Coverings are Required 

Those not wearing face coverings will be asked to leave.  Children five years or older are REQUIRED to wear a face covering.

Children over the age of 2 should wear face coverings if they can reliably wear, remove, and handle face coverings throughout the day. Face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under the age of 2 because of danger of suffocation.

Hand Washing and Sanitization

Wash your hands with soap often and use hand sanitizer - this simple activity is the single best preventative measure you can take. In addition, Bardo Arts Center provides hand sanitizing stations throughout our building.  

Social and Physical Distancing 

Please stay at least 6 feet of space from others and maintain an awareness of personal space. Bardo Arts Center has reduced furniture and modified spaces to  allow for patrons to easily maintain social distancing throughout Bardo Arts Center and while visiting the galleries. Future events will requireregistration or tickets allowing Bardo Arts Center to maintain our social and physical distancing standards.

Reduced Capacity Limits 

In addition to practicing social and physical distancing, Bardo Arts Center has reduced capacity in all spaces to maintain social distancing. As previously noted, visiting Bardo Arts Center will require registration or tickets for events.

Reservations are required to visit the WCU Fine Art Museum. Schedule your visit at calendly.com/bardoartscenter to ensure the Museum is not at capacity during that time. Tickets for events in the BAC Performance Hall and other performance venues (University Auditorium, Niggli Studio Theatre, etc.) will be made available as needed.  

Groups Tours and Classroom Visits

The WCU Fine Art Museum is currently offering on-site group tours with limited capacity. Learn more about our options at arts.wcu.edu/grouptours.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting 

Bardo Arts Center has increased the level of cleaning and disinfecting happening in our spaces on a daily basis. Additionally, Bardo Arts Center has reducedhigh touch areas, Bardo Arts Center has currently limited the number of pick-up materials available in our spaces and the WCU Fine Art Museum Gift Shop is closed until further notice.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home 

Please do not visit Bardo Arts Center or other spaces at WCU if you are experiencing any symptoms. Before visiting campus, check for symptoms on a daily basis using the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker. Call your health care provider to seek further medical guidance. 

Practice Self-Care and Show Respect and Caring to All 

  • Sustain our community standards and help create a sense of belonging where everyone feels welcomed and respected. 
  • Practice good self-care principles and care for your physical and mental health. 
  • Stay connected with your family and friend groups and participate in small group activities and virtual opportunities. 

Find further information on WCU Catamount Care's Community Standards.


Stay Connected with the Arts

Visit arts.wcu.edu/explore to find on-demand and upcoming opportunities. A selection of in-person and virtual experiences are available.

Follow Bardo Arts Center on Instagram and Facebook! Enjoy arts content from across a wide range of arts disciplines and mediums, along with updates about upcoming experiences. 

Check out the main Belcher College social media channels, to see work from current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 

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