Effective immediately, Arkansas State University Museum will not be open for visitors and tour groups as part of the university’s response to the national coronavirus pandemic.

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

The university is taking recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 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 for the museum will continue throughout March and April, and perhaps longer if necessary.

Dr. Adam Long, Heritage Sites director said: ”We believe this precautionary action is in the best interest of both the visitors who tour the sites and the facility staffs.”

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.

A number of A-State events scheduled for March and April have been postponed or canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Upcoming calendar changes include:

• Women in STEM Trivia Night, March 19, canceled

• Opera Production, March 19-20, canceled

• Spring football game, March 19, canceled

• Faculty recital by Dr. Bruce Faske, March 19, postponed

• Transfer Preview Day, March 20, canceled

• Lauren Daigle Concert, March 21, postponed to Aug. 13 (see ticket info on FNB Arena website)

• Arkansas International Pageant, March 21-22, canceled

• KASU Bluegrass Monday, March 23, canceled

• Grant Writing and Administration class, March 26, postponed

• NEA Rabbit Breeders Association, March 27, canceled

• Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble Concert, March 30, canceled

• Arkansas Dept. of Transportation regional meeting, March 31, canceled

• Trombone Choir concert, March 31, canceled

• Women’s Business Leadership Conference, April 2, Postponed

• Arkansas College Media Association Conference, April 3, canceled

• Spring Social Work Conference, April 3, canceled

• ABI DNA Day Celebration, April 3, canceled

• Concert by Cory Jackson and Marybeth Byrd, April 4, postponed

• Mom’s Day activities, April 4, canceled

• Mom’s Day activities, April 4, canceled

• Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, April 4, canceled

• College of Engineering and Computer Science honors banquet, April 6, canceled

• College of Agriculture honors banquet, April 7, canceled

• Concert Choir concert, April 7, postponed to April 21

• Department of Media honors banquet, April 8, canceled

• Delta Symposium: The Haunted South, April 8-11, canceled

• Arkansas Roots Music Festival, April 11, canceled

• College of Education and Behavioral Science honors banquet, April 13, canceled

• Neil Griffin College of Business honors banquet, April 13, canceled

• College of Liberal Arts and Communication, April 14, canceled

• Kays Foundation meet and greet, April 14, canceled

• Department of Communications honors banquet, April 15, canceled

• Earth Day activities, April 17, canceled

• Play@State matinee, April 17, canceled

• Theatre Guild reception, April 17, canceled

• Earth Day, April 17, canceled

• Theatre production of The Tempest, April 17-24, canceled

• College of Engineering and Computer Science open house, April 18, canceled

• Create@State, April 20-22, face-to-face sessions canceled

• Create@State, April 20-22, canceled

• Phi Kappa Phi honors banquet, April 20, canceled

• Resilience, documentary film, April 20, postponed

• Wind Ensemble Concert, April 22, canceled

• College of Sciences and Mathematics honors banquet, April 23, canceled

• Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, April 25, postponed

• College of Nursing and Health Professions honors banquet, April 27, canceled

• Undergraduate Studies, honors banquet, April 30, canceled

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