ARCH Inc. Fun & Free Lecture Series March 21 event canceled

“Historic Preservation: By the Numbers” content to be available in alternative format

MARCH 13, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and the widespread cancellation of most public gatherings, ARCH Inc. has made the difficult decision to cancel its Fun & Free Lecture Series event scheduled for March 21 in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library main branch downtown.

We will be presenting the lecture content in an alternative format via our website and expect to receive news coverage also. We urge our would-be attendees to visit after March 19 to enjoy the “Historic Preservation: By the Numbers” presentation by Executive Director Connie Haas Zuber online.

We have another lecture scheduled for April 18, so we are monitoring the emergency situation and will make our decision no later than April 10 about whether to go ahead with that event as scheduled or present the content in an alternative format.

After consultation with our fellow arts and culture organizations with the support of Arts United, we are comfortable with this decision, Zuber said. Our community is taking significant steps to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus, and ARCH believes it is important to join the effort to prioritize the health and well-being of our audience and staff by playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work together to contain and mitigate the virus. Therefore, we are making our decisions in response to guidance provided by the Allen County Department of Health and the Indiana State Department of Health.

Arts and culture organizations exist to bring people together, but we know we need to do our part to protect our audience, employees, volunteers, friends, family members, and neighbors. We look forward to the days when we have reached the other side of this crisis and will be enjoying arts and cultural events and programming together again. For now, we focus our attention on those who are ill and our community’s caregivers and wish everyone the hope, joy, growth and peace the arts and culture can provide.