Covid-19 Visitor Information & Updates

DATE
Thursday, Mar 12

Visitor Guidelines (as of July 13, 2020)

  • Restrooms are open in the Education Pavilions (a 5 minute walk from the Benenson Center). Restrooms are currently only available during these hours: 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sundays; 1 pm - 5 pm Monday and Friday; 9am - 5pm Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Cafe Omi is closed until further notice. Consider bringing a picnic from one of the many delicious local purveyors offering take-out in our region! Click here to access a full list.
  • The exhibition Howardena Pindell is open in the Newmark Gallery Saturday, July 18 - November 2020. Reserve an appointment to view this exhibition here.

All visitors must adhere to the following guidelines at Art Omi:

  • Parking is restricted at this time. If you arrive when the lot is at capacity, you will be turned away. Parking on roadsides is prohibited, and violators may be ticketed and / or towed at their own expense.
  • Masks are required in all indoor facilities, in the parking lot, and whenever you pass others on trails.
  • Visitors must maintain at least 6' of distance from anyone who is not a member of their household.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Do not share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.

Visitors who do not comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave the park. We appreciate your cooperation, which is essential to our ability to remain safe and open throughout this time.

Update (5/11/2020)
With the warming weather, outdoor destinations like Art Omi are seeing an increase in the amount of visitors looking to get out of the house. But despite the fair weather, coronavirus infection rates in and around Columbia County continue to climb, and it is as crucial as ever to curtail unnecessary travel and maintain social distance.

In order to reduce park density and assure a healthy environment for visitors, Art Omi has reduced the amount of parking available to 20 spots. Once the lot is full, you will be turned away.

Please note that idling and / or parking on CR-22 or private property is strictly prohibited, and violators will be ticketed and / or towed at their own expense.

We encourage anyone hoping to visit the park to do so outside of peak hours of visitation. This will help assure safe access to as many people as possible during this difficult time.**

We remind all park visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Always maintain a safe distance of 6’ or more from anyone who is not a member of your household.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering in the parking lot, and whenever you pass others on a trail.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.

Art Omi’s top priority is to provide sanctuary to members of our local community while ensuring the continued wellness of our staff. The cooperation of visitors and our extended community is essential to our ability to remain safe and open throughout this time.

Update (4/17/20)
This week, Governor Cuomo issued a new executive order requiring that all people in public places where social distancing is not possible wear masks or other face coverings. As a result of this order, all visitors to the park should wear a mask while in the parking lot, and whenever they pass others on a trail.

Before visiting, we encourage you to review these revised guidelines for visitors to the Sculpture & Architecture Park:

  • Always maintain a safe distance of 6’ or more from others.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering in the parking lot, and whenever you pass others on a trail.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.
  • All groups must be limited to members of a household.
  • If you have arrived at a time when the park or lot seems full, seek out another location for solitary recreation.
    Your cooperation is essential to our ability to open our grounds as a safe and healthful locale during this time. Thank you!

Update (4/14/20)
Art Omi understands the sensitivity of local community members around public safety.

At this time, the grounds of the Sculpture & Architecture Park remain open (not the indoor facilities including the gallery). Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Art Omi has developed an approach in keeping and consultation with guidelines from state, local, and national authorities. All of these bodies support the use of state and certain municipal parks for the purpose of solitary recreation.

As part of an overall strategy for maintaining mental and physical health during this time, authorities have been explicit about the need for people to take time outdoors on a daily basis. Art Omi is fortunate to be able to provide a spacious environment for people to walk, breathe deep, and to see other people from a safe distance.

Art Omi appreciates that adherence to the CDC’s social distancing protocols is mandatory. Throughout the crisis, we have been explicit in both onsite and online communications that all visitors must comply with these guidelines. We continue to monitor use at the site on a daily basis to assess whether the presence of visitors remains viable. Through our observation and that of the visitors who have communicated with us about their experience there, the use of the park is in keeping with safe use directives.

We will again remind anyone considering a visit to the park to follow these guidelines:

  • If you or a member of your household are feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • Always maintain a safe distance of 6' or more from others, even while outdoors.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.
  • All groups must be limited to members of your household, otherwise individuals must maintain a 6' distance.
  • If you have arrived at a time when the park or lot seems full, seek out another location for solitary recreation.

Art Omi wants our community to feel safe. We welcome feedback, please feel free to contact us:

  • Leave us a voicemail at (518) 392-4747
  • Send a general inquiry to info@artomi.org
  • You can also reach out directly to Ruth Adams, Executive Director, director@artomi.org.

Update (3/27/20):
Art Omi continues to permit access to the grounds for the purpose of solitary recreation. We urge all visitors to socially distance themselves during their visit, and to observe the following guidelines:

  • If you or a member of your household are feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • Always maintain a safe distance of 6' or more from others, even while outdoors.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions.
  • Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household.
  • All groups must be limited to members of your household, otherwise individuals must maintain a 6' distance.
  • If you have arrived at a time when the park or lot seems full, seek out another location for solitary recreation.

Art Omi Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (3/12/2020):
Like many of us, Art Omi has watched the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic with deep concern. We are writing to announce that as of Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 pm, Art Omi will suspend all public events and classes until further notice. The Benenson Center will be closed as of March 13 until further notice.

Visitors will be welcome in the Sculpture & Architecture Park. We encourage all visitors to observe a safe distance from others when visiting the park, and to adhere to other practices that prevent the spread of the contagion.

We would like to note that we have arrived at this decision not due to any specific incidence of infection within Art Omi’s known community. We are acting out of consideration of the health of staff and visitors, and providing a safe place to work and visit. Beyond that, Art Omi understands the ripple impact that maintaining business as usual could have, and comes to the decision that it is the organization’s utmost responsibility to do everything within our organization’s ability to help stem the spread of the virus.

As of now, there is no specific date for the resumption of regular activities, but we are evaluating various factors on an ongoing basis. Notification of reopening and other updates will be posted to Art Omi’s website, and our social media channels.

Please note the following changes to public events and operations:

  • The Benenson Center and Cafe Omi are closed until further notice.
  • The Sculpture & Architecture Park is open to visitation.
  • Kianja Strobert: When is brunch? exhibition reception (3/21) is postponed.
  • Saturday Kids Workshops are suspended until further notice.
  • A decision about Spring Arts Camp will be determined no later than April 1. In the event of cancellation, families will receive a full refund of registration fees.

We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during these difficult times.

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