Message from the Vice Provost for the Arts (March 21)

Dear members of the Duke arts community,

In order to minimize health and safety risks from COVID-19 to our patrons, the larger community, and Duke students, faculty, and staff, Duke University has adopted new policies on spring semester classes, residential life, travel, events, and campus visitors. (Find this update and the latest information on Duke’s Coronavirus response website.)

In keeping with the university’s directives, we are cancelling (or postponing) university-sponsored on- and off-campus arts events with an expected attendance of 50 or more people through April 20 May 7 (3/13/2020 update). This includes Duke Performances offerings; the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; events at arts venues including the Nasher Museum of Art, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Rubenstein Arts Center; and programs presented by departments and student groups.

The arts are best experienced in community with one another, and I know this pause on our regular arts programming will be a challenging experience—but your safety is Duke’s top priority. Art is also a balm for the soul during uncertain times. Destinations including the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke Gardens, and Duke Chapel are now closed for visitors (3/13/2020 update). are open for visitors. I encourage you to check relevant websites for up-to-date details to help you plan your visit to campus.

For the latest updates, check Duke’s Coronavirus Response website.

I hope you will join us later in the spring when our programming resumes. Until then, I wish good health for you and your loved ones as we endure this unprecedented challenge.

Thank you, as always, for your support of the arts at Duke,

Scott Lindroth
Vice Provost for the Arts
Duke University