COVID-19 Updates

 The Missoula Art Museum is open to the public during regular hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM).

We take the safety of our staff and guests very seriously. A maximum of 25 visitors are allowed in the building at one time. Please note that the Goldberg Family Foundation Library is closed to the public until further notice. No cash is accepted for transactions at the front desk or bookstore. Face coverings are required for all visitors over the age of 5 while inside the building, regardless of museum capacity. We have face coverings to lend for free at the entrance.

 

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Should you have any questions or concerns, please call the front desk during opening hours at 406.728.0447, or email info@missoulaartmuseum.org.


Protocols for Educational Programs and Events:


The Missoula Art Museum is committed to providing access to art and arts education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the following protocols and plans for MAM’s in-person educational programs (updated October 2020):

FALL PROGRAMS AND SERIES:

After School Art Adventure: ASAA will be held in the classroom at the museum on Tuesday afternoons beginning September 15. Each session will have a capacity limit of 10 individuals (nine kids and one teacher) or less. Youth will be preassigned a sanitized art supply kit that they will use throughout the whole week and it will be kept in their assigned cubby. Only minimal sharing will take place between groups of 10 or less. There are two sinks in the classroom. Each group will use a different sink and hand washing will be required before class. Hand sanitizer will also be available and frequent use will be encouraged throughout each lesson.

Tours: Public tours will be available beginning September 15. Tour slots are available on Tuesday and Saturday morning at 11 AM. Tours can accommodate up to nine individuals. Please email info@missoulaartmuseum.org to reserve your spot.

School group tours will be available Tuesday through Friday and should be scheduled with museum education staff at least 2 weeks prior to the visit. Please email Kay Grissom-Kiely, education curator, to schedule school group tours. Each tour will have a capacity limit of 10 individuals (nine participants and one teacher/docent) or less. Only one tour group will be allowed in a gallery at a time. Signs will be posted at the gallery entrance when a tour is in progress. A maximum of 25 individuals are allowed in the museum building at a time.

Teen Open Studio: Teen Open Studio will be held weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5 PM beginning September 16, with a maximum of 9 participants. The session will be held outside, weather permitting, in the Art Park. If it is raining, TOS will be held in the classroom following proper sanitation and physical distancing. Pizza is donated by The Bridge Pizza and served on paper plates to teenagers. Teenagers must remain in their seats while eating.

Saturday Family Workshops: In-person Saturday Family Workshops have been canceled. Families are invited to visit our website to download free art-making worksheets related to the exhibitions on view at MAM. New additions will be added when available.

FACE COVERINGS:

All individuals are required to wear a face mask in the museum at all times. Students and parents must wear face coverings during high traffic times such as outside drop off and pick up.

SNACKS AND WATER BOTTLES:

Students will need to bring their own water bottle, labeled with their name. If your child needs to bring a snack, please make sure it is in a sealed container. Snacks will be eaten outside in MAM’s Art Park as needed.

COMMON AREAS:

Common or high-traffic areas within the MAM building will be outfitted with appropriate signage to inform social distancing, especially at gathering points or areas vulnerable to close proximity interactions like hallways, bathroom entrances, and building exits. All high-touch surfaces such as tabletops, chairs, and door handles will be sanitized at scheduled times throughout the day according to a sanitization checklist developed under the recommendation of the Missoula City-County Health Department.

HEALTH CHECKS FOR CLASSES/WORKSHOPS:

If your student, or someone in your household, has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees or is experiencing any symptoms of illness, please stay home. Health department guidelines mandate that, if this happens, your student may not return to the museum’s programs for seven days. MAM will do its best to register your student into another program in the event that your child must stay home. If another student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, MAM will work in tandem with the Missoula County Health Department to notify all camp families as soon as possible. MAM staff will not be performing daily temperature checks on students but will ask you to pick up your child if they are not feeling well. MAM staff and Teaching Artists will encourage the use of handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, and distancing techniques throughout the day.

FUN AND NORMALIZATION:

Although these adaptations might be a little difficult for some kids, we will do our best to make sure that all events remain fun and there is a sense of normalcy. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in our region and follow all evolving guidelines recommended by the CDC and the Missoula City-County Health Department in order to prioritize the safety of our staff, students, and everyone in the MAM family.

— Kay Grissom-Kiely and Jenny Bevill