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Health and Safety Regarding the COVID-19 Virus

Health and Safety Regarding the COVID-19 Virus

The health and safety of museum visitors, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance to us at The Butler Institute of American Art (The Butler). Due to Governor Mike DeWine’s direction and the order from Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH requiring all Ohioans to stay in their homes and prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses in the state of Ohio, The Butler is closed to the public until further notice and has cancelled or postponed all events and programs scheduled in the month of May. Our executive leadership team is closely monitoring the situation and will announce any further changes through our website, social media, and/or our phone system as necessary. Along with the entire American museum community, we are committed to following the recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health in a proactive manner to prevent the spread of the virus.

Below is information about cancellations and changes to programming, along with advice and information for preventative measures. As the situation evolves, we will update any changes in this information.


  • The March 15, 2020 Meet-the Artist Reception for Life Examined: The Impressionistic Realism of Sam Rosenthal is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. 
  • An Evening with Steranko and the American Hero Meet-the-Artist Preview event scheduled for April 30, 2020 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date to be determined.


  • Life Examined: The Impressionistic Realism of Sam Rosenthal is now extended through July 12, 2020.
  • STERANKO AND THE AMERICAN HERO (May 3-July 5, 2020) postponed – new exhibition dates to be determined
  • Dorothy Churchill-Johnson: PATTERN and REALISM, In Search of the Big Picture (May 3 – June 14) postponed – new dates to be determined 
  • 84th National Midyear Exhibition – cancelled


  • Wednesday’s Music at Noon concerts and recitals from YSU’s Dana School of Music are cancelled until further notice.
  • All adult and children’s art classes have been cancelled until further notice. The Butler art class coordinator will contact currently enrolled individuals to discuss future arrangements.
  • Arts in the Early Morning Monthly Programs: Stroller Art; Senior Art and Learn; Young Friends Adventure; The Art of Yoga (Thursdays)
  • Films on Art (Tuesdays)
  • Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning & Park Vista Collaborative Gallery Talk and Luncheon (March 12, April 14, May 14)
  • Family Day (March 13 and April 19)
  • School Tours
  • Butler Summer Visual Arts Day Camp (July 21-24, 28-31)


Along with closing the museum to the public our executive leadership will continue to monitor the COID-19 situation and proactively follow public health organization guidelines and government orders for the health and safety of our community.

Staff, volunteers and visitors are encouraged to practice good personal health habits and take every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

For updates on the COVID-19 situation, and for resources for how to stay safe and healthy during this global pandemic, visit the following website pages: