Inspiration Alcona vs the corona virus

As an arts and culture organization, Inspiration Alcona has no direct way to fight the current pandemic except to help reduce the spreading rate of the virus by canceling or restricting public meetings. So we have shut down most programs and series of sessions.

But Dockside Jams, our popular Tuesday night open mic music program at the lawn above Harrisville Harbor, has returned. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and maintain appropriate social distancing to join in this outdoor celebration of local musical talent. The fun runs from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday long as the weather holds. If you want to perform, come early to get on the list.

We had to cancel three of our most popular programs, the Alcona GospelFest in April, the Alcona Arts Retreat in September and the Lost Lake Writers Retreat in October. All will return in 2021.

The suspensions of activities included Art for Adults, our weekly lessons for aspiring artists, and Alcona Authors, our bimonthly sessions for writers. These classes will resume September 18 and 19, respectively. Masks will be required.

Also closed down are the free weekly guitar lessons for high school students, the free weekly ukulele lessons for elementary children and the free weekly Grand Art program of art lessons at the Lincoln Senior Center for fourth- and fifth-graders and senior citizens. Reopening of all these programs depends on permission from the schools and, in the latter case, from the senior center. Both hosts are eager to start again in January if the first semester of school goes well.

Summer Art for Youth, an indoor activity, will resume in 2021.

Our Facebook page continues during this stressful time with postings about art and culture, including some do-it-at-home projects.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act makes donations to public charities, such as Inspiration Alcona, easier. The rules are outlined on the Donations page.

Stay safe, and we hope to be able to serve you more fully soon.

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