We care About your Health and Safety at the Academy
What We are Doing to Address COVID-19 (coronavirus)
In the interest of the health and welfare of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and performers, the Academy Center of the Arts has postponed all public performances through June 1, 2020. Performances and events outside of this date range may also be postponed or canceled, due to the COVID-19 impact. Our organization will continue to follow Federal, State, and local directives as announced.
This includes the following performances:
- Brooklyn Rider Quartet with Maeve Gilchrist, March 14 – Canceled
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, March 14 and 15 – Canceled
- Amherst Habitat for Humanity: Working on a Building 2020 – March 21 – Canceled
- Met Opera Live in HD: Der Fliegende Hollander, March 14 – Canceled
- Empty Bowls, March 20 – Rescheduled to August 29, 2020
- Opera on the James: Barber of Seville, March 27 and 29 – Canceled
- Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra: Lynchburg’s Finest – Rescheduled to May 23, 2020
- Ladies of Laughter, April 4 – Rescheduled to September 10, 2020
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!, April 5 – Canceled
- In the Light of Led Zeppelin, April 10 – Rescheduled to October 17, 2020
- An Evening with David Sedaris, April 16 – Rescheduled to September 13, 2020
- Met Opera Live in HD: Tosca, April 19 – Canceled
- Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Presents: A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson featuring Frederick Douglass, April 25 – Canceled
- Masterworx Theatre Presents: The Sound of Music, April 30 – May 2 – Rescheduled to August 20-22, 2020
- Dance Theatre of Harlem, May 2, 2020 – Rescheduled to August 28, 2020
- Buddy Guy, May 9, 2020 – Rescheduled to March 10, 2021
- Met Opera Live in HD: Maria Stuarda, May 10 – Canceled
- Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] – Canceled, Hamlet’s Big Adventure (a prequel) offered on April 29, 2021
- Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra: Lynchburg’s Finest, May 23, 2020 – Canceled
This decision is in line with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as well as by the order from state authorities to limit large public events and close entertainment and recreation facilities, effective immediately. While it’s disappointing to cancel upcoming events, we look forward to coming together again as a community when the time is right.
Governor Northam recently announced Executive Order Number 65, moving the majority of the state of Virginia into Phase II of reopening and allowing mass gatherings of no more than 50 persons as of June 5, 2020.
Following this announcement, we are officially releasing our plans to reopen our educational venues for on-site classes and camps in the late Summer season, beginning the final week of June 2020, and our plans to return our First Friday Gallery Exhibition on July 3, 2020. Note that our performance venues will remain closed until there is a release of restrictions on indoor entertainment venues by state authorities, but we anticipate socially-distanced reopenings in the early Fall season.
Reopening our doors is not a decision made lightly, and the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, teachers, and guests is of the utmost importance.
Here you will find a detailed plan guiding our organization through re-opening and hosting guests in our venues. This plan was made by staff in consultation with local and regional professionals and approved by our local health department. This is a living document, in that at any time, should factors change, that it will be edited to fit the current realities brought on by the spread of COVID-19.
We are facing uncertain times as our community grapples with the impact of COVID-19. The Academy Center of the Arts exists to serve our community through arts and culture and is positioned to be a leader in providing hope, healing, and joy in the wake of this crisis. However, in order to sustain our operations and fulfill our mission upon reopening, we need the support of our community now more than ever. Please see below for ways that you can help keep the arts alive in Lynchburg.
You can help today by:
- Renewing or becoming a member
- Buying gift certificates
- Purchasing or keeping tickets to shows later in the year
- Donating the value of your tickets to a canceled or postponed show
Patrons who choose to donate their tickets will help sustain our revenue during this time, allowing us to continue to serve our community through arts and culture, and receiving a tax deduction. If you would like to donate the value of your tickets back, contact Meredith Whetsell, Chief Development Officer by email, phone at (434) 528-3256 x117, or by replying to this email directly.
Please note, ticket refund policies may vary for presenting organization and Residency partners.
The Academy has weathered many storms over its 115-year history, and with your help, we will weather this storm, too. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update all ticket holders as it evolves. For the most up-to-date information, we will utilize email, as well as post on our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times, and greatly look forward to seeing you at our venues when it’s safe to do so!
To speak with a Box Office representative, please call (434) 846-8499.