One word keeps coming up when Ginger Savage talks about Crossroads Carnegie Art Center:

“Maybe.”

With the uncertainty of when the coronavirus pandemic will slow or end, Crossroads is temporarily closed to the public. Classes, workshops, and First Fridays are on hold for now.

“It was a heart-wrenching decision to close Crossroads temporarily but we want to make sure that all citizens heed the warning to stay home to protect our most vulnerable populations,” said Savage, the center’s executive director.

The First Friday art show for April has been canceled. The decision has not yet been made on May’s First Friday.

Savage and the center’s other staff will work from home.

“We’re all trying to tighten our hours as much as we can,” she said.

While they won’t release class schedules yet, she said the staff will continue to plan for offerings when the art center is able to open. Many programs will depend on whether the school district will need to go into the summer months.

“We need to be locked and loaded for when we get to the other side,” she said.

She has written for several emergency grants to help with operating costs and scholarships for classes.

“I need to give my community hope,” Savage said. “I think it’s critical we get kids engaged as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, she said the center donated all rubber gloves and respirators on hand to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center.

“We encourage all artists and community members who might have supplies which can be used by the medical field to donate them,” she said.

When talking about the current uncertain situation, Savage said she’s looking to the past for hope.

“Arts and culture entities survived during the war. That’s the narrative I’m holding on to,” she said.

Updates are being posted on the Crossroads Facebook page.

She said anyone wishing to contribute to Crossroads can do so online to www.crossroads-arts.org or by mailing donation to 2020 Auburn Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

To contact Crossroads staff during the closure, send an email to:

• Ginger Savage, executive director: ginger@crossroads-arts.org

• Cherie Ward, education coordinator: cherie@crossroads-arts.org

• Crystal Rainwater, art director: crystal@crossroads-arts.org

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