Somerville Open Studios 2020
Canceled for 2020
Somerville Open Studios is a citywide art event, where hundreds of artists open their studios and invite the public in to see their art. Somerville Open Studios 2020 will not take place . This was not an easy decision, but health concerns due to COVID-19 and difficulties in rescheduling mean that for 2020, SOS will not be taking place. We hope to see everyone in 2021.
COVID-19 and Somerville Open Studios 2020Update March 28th, 2020
Dear SOS Artists and Supporters,
After a week of heartfelt deliberation, the SOS Board has decided to cancel our SOS 2020 event. For 22 years, SOS has provided an opportunity for the artistic community of Somerville to physically connect with fellow artists and the general public. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and the consequent government restrictions on public gatherings, make it impossible for SOS to fulfill that mission this year.
We considered postponing instead, but some aspects of the event—such as securing venues and trolleys—require months if not a full year of advance notice, and yet we cannot be assured that a particular future date will work given the coronavirus pandemic measures. We considered postponing to the fall but that would mean competing with many other events that are also moving to the fall, as well as with those that normally take place in September. Fall is also a busy time for SOS planning volunteers since that’s when we start planning for the following year’s event.
We are currently converting all memberships to Web Only and issuing refunds of $30 to each member and arts organization. This step will go a long way to supporting the financial outlays that SOS has already made for the 2020 event. We realize that some members may need a full refund, while others will be in a position to make a donation of their full membership to support SOS’s mission and year round expenses. These options will be available. We are committed to supporting all our members in this extraordinary time.
An email with more details will be sent in the next week. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder and/or email email@example.com
Refunds will be made via PayPal whenever possible.
The Default refund:
- Change membership from Participating Artist ($65) to Web Only ($35) and refund $30.
- Organizations will receive a $30 refund and be converted to Web Only.
- Refunds will include amounts paid for Community Space ($55) if applicable.
- Donations made when registering, Extended Web ($25), and Business Name ($12) will not be refunded. Member artists who originally signed up as Web Only will not receive a refund.
An email with other options (including full / other partial refund) will be going out shortly.
Where do we go from here?
The Planning group has created two committees to help fill the void, if you would like to be involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Gallery - In addition to our extensive artists' profiles on our website, we are exploring the possibility of creating a video collection of artists in their studios. The exact means are still being discussed. If this project is of interest to you and you have the skills, we could definitely put your talents to good use.
A Somerville Open Studios Exhibit – Many artists have sent emails relaying that SOS is a large source of income for them. With this in mind, we are brainstorming on our options for a stand alone SOS Show and/or Pop Ups over the summer at the Somerville Museum or other possible venues.
Be well and be safe.
Hilary Scott, President
Terry Dovidio, Clerk
SOS Seeks New Board Members
Somerville Open Studios is looking for new board members. Find out More
Some resources from the Somerville Arts Council
Somerville Creates is a new Facebook group where Somerville artists can post short video presentations of their work.
The Home Alone Art Series is a curated series of longer-form art-related performances to be live-streamed on Facebook. Participants who are selected will receive a $300 stipend from the Somerville Arts Council.
A list of Covid-19 resources for artists, compiled by the Somerville Arts Council. The list is subdivided into financial, educational, music and tech, calls for art, and entertainment and humor.
The web team is rolling out a website Refresh. There will be lots of updates over the next couple weeks. let us know what you think (email@example.com)
See art in Somerville all year round
Our city has art for you to see all year round, not just during SOS weekend.
See our list of events and exhibits all over Somerville .
Somerville Open Studios 2020 sponsors