Halcyon Co-Founder and CEO Kate Goodall shared the following update with our community on March 27:
“Recent days have given me great confidence in the resilience and creativity of our fellows, our team, and the broader ecosystems around social entrepreneurship and the arts.
“But transparency is called for: many of our fellows are struggling with the uncertainty of this moment. Like all of us, they worry for the health of their loved ones. Exhibitions, partnerships, meetings, performances, and other opportunities are being put on hold.
“These challenges make it all the more extraordinary that fellows are finding the mental space to pivot. Arts Lab Fellow Kokayi goes live Thursdays at 7pm to play music and provide insight into his creative process. Incubator Fellow Kari Clark’s venture Uplift is offering resources for parents who aren't used to working from home full time. Look for their stories, and others, on Halcyon’s social media channels.
“As Halcyon fellows process this crisis and rise to the challenge, we are committed to extending housing, coworking, and studio space for all our current fellows into the summer, so they don't need to worry about where they will go in the midst of a pandemic. We will fill the additional weeks with more programming, some tailored to address the fresh challenges they now face.
“Our team will continue to work remotely, as directed by the D.C. government, but look for live virtual events starting Wednesday, April 1.”
Halcyon cares deeply about the health and well-being of our community. We have great sympathy not only for those directly touched by the impact of COVID-19, but also for other organizations that share the responsibility of demonstrating strong leadership and good judgment at such a turbulent moment. Let's all be patient and kind - we are all doing our best in uncharted waters.
At this time Halcyon is moving many events online, and those that cannot be delivered at our standard in a digital format are being postponed or canceled through April 3. We will continue to monitor and reassess future event plans on an ongoing basis as the situation changes. If you have already registered for an upcoming event, look for an email with key updates.
As you know, one of the things that makes Halcyon special is that our full-time fellows are provided with housing in addition to coworking and studio space. To protect their health and the health of our team, for the time being we are closing our doors to outside visitors, in addition, of course, to adhering to the CDC's recommended practices within our facilities. The team will largely be teleworking, but you can find us all on email, as always.
Our best wishes are with all the members of our community, here in D.C. and far beyond, as we tackle this global challenge together. We hope to see you online, and look forward to welcoming you back to Halcyon soon.