President and CEO of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Council for the Arts Seeks Opportunities and Positive Things Amid Pandemic | Arts & Theater



“Of course I made decisions on how we were going to reopen and do things and stay safe, but I certainly didn’t do it in a vacuum. I called them up and said, “This is what I’m thinking of doing. “

She observed what other arts organizations and places were doing locally, across the state, and nationally.

The arts council was already following the Town of Winston-Salem’s mask mandate for indoor events.






Chase Law, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, January 4.


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Then, on August 30, the Arts Council began requiring patrons, performers, and stage crew members 18 and older who attended and worked at events and performances on its campus show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR lab test result 72 hours before an expected event.

“It was a tough decision for me to make,” Law said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s always like that. But at the end of the day, the question was “Is this the right decision?” “And my answer has always been” Yes. “

She said her decision was not about her but the return of the arts.

“Every city, especially Winston-Salem – the City of Arts and Innovation – must have a thriving arts and culture sector,” Law said.

The arts council has been rebuffed by some over its COVID-19 security policy, but Law said the majority of people are happy with it.


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