Nel­son-Atkins to close for 3 weeks over virus

The Kansas City Star - - Local - BY KATIE BERNARD cbernard@kc­star.com Katie Bernard: 816-234-4167, @KatieJ_Bernard

The Nel­son-Atkins Mu­seum of Art is clos­ing its doors for three weeks as part of the grow­ing ef­fort across the re­gion to halt the spread of the novel coro­n­avirus.

The mu­seum, which had al­ready made changes to its sched­ule of events, an­nounced Fri­day af­ter­noon that it will close on Satur­day and not re­open un­til April 3, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Dur­ing that time, the re­lease said, all events will be can­celed. Af­ter the April 3, the re­lease said, the mu­seum will re­assess the sit­u­a­tion.

“We rec­og­nize that dur­ing chal­leng­ing times, art can be a source of in­spi­ra­tion, com­fort and hu­man ex­pres­sion,” said Julián Zugazagoit­ia, Mene­fee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO and direc­tor of The Nel­son-Atkins in the re­lease. “The Nel­son-Atkins will con­tinue to be that source, and we en­cour­age our guests to visit on­line for informatio­n and up­dates.”

The Kem­per Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art an­nounced Fri­day it would also be clos­ing its doors and can­cel­ing or post­pon­ing events un­til April 4.

The mu­se­ums joins a grow­ing list of Kansas City busi­nesses and des­ti­na­tions clos­ing their doors and can­cel­ing events in re­sponse to the rapidly spread­ing COVID-19 and dec­la­ra­tions of states of emer­gency by lo­cal, na­tional and state of­fi­cials.

Dis­ney on Ice an­nounced Fri­day that it would be can­cel­ing shows sched­uled for March 2629 at the Sprint Cen­ter.

Other tours at the venue, as well as oth­ers across the re­gion, had al­ready been can­celed.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Li­brary joined oth­ers in the metro Fri­day can­cel­ing all pro­gram­ming through April. Sim­i­larly, all networking and other events held by the Greater Kansas City Cham­ber of Com­merce with more than 50 in­per­son at­ten­dees were can­celed Fri­day.

The an­nounce­ments fol­lowed sim­i­lar de­ci­sions across the metro.

The Kauff­man Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts an­nounced Thurs­day that all per­for­mances un­til April 1 would be can­celed.

In a news re­lease Fri­day, the Amer­i­can Theatre Guild asked guests to hang on to their tick­ets, say­ing the guild would be in touch in the next seven to 14 days with informatio­n about reschedul­ing.

The Nel­son-Atkins Mu­seum of Art will be closed through April 3 to help fight the spread of coro­n­avirus.

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