ASU makes changes in response to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A-State Heritage Sites will be closed to visitors through April

Effective Wednesday, March 18, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites will not be open for visitors and tour groups throughout the rest of March and during April.

The university made the decision in response to federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations designed to reduce or eliminate the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, according to Dr. Adam Long, Heritage Sites director.

“We believe this precautionary action is in the best interest of both the visitors who tour the sites and the facility staffs,” Long added.

The A-State Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center at Piggott; Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home at Dyess; Lakeport Plantation at Lakeport; Southern Tenant Farmers Museum at Tyronza; and the Historic V.C. Kays House on the Jonesboro campus.

The Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Office develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta.

Further schedule changes that may be necessitated by new circumstances will be announced as needed.

ASU Museum is closing to visitors through April

Effective March 18, Arkansas State University Museum will no longer be open for visitors and tour groups as part of the university’s response to the national coronavirus pandemic.

This is one of the steps the university is taking in response to federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations aimed at reducing or eliminating the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Marti Allen, director of the Museum, said the staff has been busy preparing the 34th annual Through a Child’s Eyes (TACE) art exhibition, which was scheduled to open early next month.  Area pre-K through grade 8 children have submitted their work to the annual competition.

“This year, because of the special circumstances we are facing, we are developing another plan for recognizing TACE participants and the award winners,” Allen said. “We will announce those plans as soon as we can finalize details.”

A panel of judges reviews the children’s artwork and picks the top three works of art in each grade, and then the Museum’s curators select one piece as the Charlott Jones Best In Show. This award recognizes the former museum director who founded TACE.

The schedule change will continue throughout March and April, and perhaps longer if necessary. For more details, contact Jill Kary (jkary@astate.edu), ASU Museum’s curator of education, at 870-972-2074.

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