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 public meetings. So we have shut down all the individual programs and series of sessions that ordinarily would be underway now.

But we are optimistic that the virus spread and consequent restrictions will be over within a few months. So we plan to hold both the September Alcona Arts Retreat and the October Lost Lake Writers Retreat on schedule. Enrollment for both is now open. Full refunds will be made if these events cannot be held, of course.

In addition, we hope to be able to reschedule the Alcona GospelFest, originally planned for April 25, to a date in November.

The suspensions of activities include Art for Adults, our weekly lessons for aspiring artists, and Alcona Authors, our bimonthly sessions for writers. These will resume when the Alcona County Library in Harrisville, which hosts both series, allows us to do so.

The regular Tuesday Dockside Jams open mic night is also on hold until the Dockside Cafe, in downtown Harrisville, is able to reopen or the Jams summer venue above Harrisville Harbor is available for public concerts.

Also closed down are the free weekly guitar lessons for high school students, the free weekly ukulele lessons for elementary children and the free Grand Art program of art lessons at the Lincoln Senior Center for fourth- and fifth-graders and senior citizens. Reopening of all these programs depend on permission from the schools and, in the latter case, from the senior center.

In addition, Summer Art for Youth, whose scheduling always depends on when the schools close for the year, is in limbo because of the uncertainty of when schoolkids will be out.

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

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

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