ALBANY — The New York State Council on the Arts today announced that, following five months of closures, arts and cultural organizations statewide are reopening.

The organizations are using the guidance outlined by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Forward reopening plan, state officials said in a news release. With new safety protocols in place, many of the state’s most treasured museums, sculpture parks, historic sites, and outdoor arts experiences are now welcoming audiences back.

The openings mark a turning point for New York’s cultural sector, which promotes tourism, supports local businesses, and provides communities critical opportunities for creative engagement, healing, and unity, the officials said. All venues will operate at 25 percent capacity, with visitors required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“After showing great resiliency and immense ingenuity since shutting their doors and moving programming online, it’s thrilling to see many of New York’s arts and culture organizations begin to safely reopen and welcome back patrons,” said Executive Director Mara Manus of NYSCA. “The arts play a critical role in all our communities across the state, providing educational, civic, and economic opportunities for millions of New Yorkers. We encourage the public to support the arts in-person, where possible, as we all work together to ensure the health and vitality of these institutions for generations to come.”

Area arts organizations reopening include the Arts Council for Wyoming County in Perry; the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford; the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts in Mount Morris; the Livingston County Historical Society in Geneseo; and Shake on the Lake in Perry.

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