ASK will be continuing online only programming during the month of February. A committee of board and staff met last night to discuss our plans for February, and in light of the continuing increase in case numbers in Ulster County and hospitalization rates climbing higher, we decided to maintain the gallery closure for another month. We do not know when it will be safe to open again, but we will continue to monitor the situation and act in a precautionary way to limit infections and illness in the community.
We will maintain the online gallery and every Saturday at 4pm have an online gathering of artists and patrons to discuss the work in the current exhibition. Art is also available to purchase via our website.
ASK is extremely fortunate to be able to maintain some programming and staffing for a time while closing our physical space, although not for the long-term. While we sincerely hope that this current wave passes with minimal impact on the people in our community, health care facilities, and businesses we should all be prepared (at least mentally) for disruptions that could reverberate throughout the next several months.
We encourage those who can to stay home/safe as much as possible. Many stores offer curbside pickup for groceries and other essentials. If you know of someone in need, offer what help you can. Community fridges in Kingston are in need of supplies and organizations that offer direct help to individuals can use your support (see below for a non-exhaustive list). If you are in position to allow others to stay home by temporarily closing a business or moving to an online-only platform, and still able to support workers, please do so. At the moment we have seen no offers of direct financial support from the city, county, state, or federal governments so we recognize this may not be possible for many.
Best wishes and stay safe,
The Staff and Board at ASK
Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative
Kingston Mutual Aid Facebook Group