Arts Venues: What is Open and Closed in the Region?

Blueprint of cube
Stephen Kaltenbach, Room Cube, 1967. Blueprint, 18x24 inches, edition of 10. The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis, remains open for business. Courtesy the artist.

While Coronavirus prevention has caused many arts venues to close, art museums and galleries and some musical events are still going on for now. (This blog will be updated regularly.)

And below: tips and information for the arts community from Davis Arts Alliance.

Some music at UC Davis goes on, but performances at Mondavi, for example, are canceled. So are upcoming musical performances, for that matter, at Sacramento's Golden One Arena (sports events and entertainment happen at the arena, and all are canceled or postponed for now through March 31.) To help navigate this, we have summarized arts openings and closures here. Always check with the event sponsor of venue before going, as conditions are changing rapidly.

Much of the music goes on

The music goes on at UC Davis with concerts by the concert, jazz and vocal groups through Friday. For those with health concerns you don't have to miss the music — all will be live streamed here. Details and how to get tickets to some of those events Friday are here.

Not all music is still happening in the region, and this KQED story quotes a UC Davis faculty member about the financial strain these cancellations will put on musicians. “Bruce Chrisp, principal trombonist with eight orchestras, and a UC Davis faculty member, said the concert cancellations he learned of just this past week alone will cost him an anticipated $7,400.”

The Mondavi Center at UC Davis, as well as the region’s Harris Center in Folsom are both canceling their events through the rest of March.

Museums and Galleries

The Crocker, Verge and Manetti Shrem remain open. SFMOMA announced Friday morning that it is closing through March 28. The de Young and Legion of Honor will close to the public from March 14 through Monday, March 30, it was announced.

TANA Silkscreen
TANA was set to have an opening Friday night, but it has been canceled.  

Check all venues before going, but most museums and galleries in the region remain open for normal hours. TANA in Woodland canceled its Friday night art opening and lecture, and will reschedule at a later date.

And if you don’t feel browsing inside a venue, you might check out the public art at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which extends outside.

Also, the Art Studio weekend sessions have been canceled through the rest of this month, as well as the March 26 Artist Salon with Elizabeth Corkery.

The Crocker offers the following museum-going advice:

The Museum encourages all visitors and staff to practice healthy habits, including frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water, covering coughs with a tissue, and staying home if sick or not feeling well. We look forward to seeing you during your visit. Please check back here for the most up to date information on hours and programs. Click HERE to go back to the main website.

Other information on continuing exhibitions on campus available here.

Support for Artists and the Arts Community

The Arts Alliance Davis offers the following information.

In light of the impacts on communities due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, we continue to receive many resources from regional and national arts agencies, and much of it is applicable to everyone in our communities, including many non-profit and social sector organizations. Please use these as you see fit, and please share them widely with friends and colleagues:

Race Forward Statement on the Coronavirus Emergency, Official Response and Its Impacts on Communities of Color

Preventing racism in the wake of a public health crisis.

COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field

Crowdsourced information and resources for arts and NPO organizations (emergency assistance, grants, communications alerts, etc.)


Online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability, with updated COVID-19 specific webinars and resources.

COVID-19 California Arts Field Survey

The California Arts Council is surveying the arts field at-large to gather data on the potential financial impacts of this public health emergency. This is a quickly evolving situation and this data will be an important resource to inform our agency and the state.

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center

Updated news and resources for the Arts field

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