Art center observes distancing, offers private movie screenings, art experiences, shopping
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (GoggleWorks) today announced plans to reopen on Wednesday, July 8th while accounting for concerns about health safety. GoggleWorks, which reshaped its operations in the spring during forced closure, will open its former goggle factory campus with an orchestrated, socially-distanced public program model. Leaders and artists at GoggleWorks said they have curated experiences which offer each registered group access to parts of the art center, one of the largest in the country, all to themselves
These controlled public programs will include a dynamic curated, private tour package free of charge, featuring a live artist demonstration in one of its eight studios, admission to two exhibitions, and time to shop in The New Store, showcasing hundreds of handmade works by local artists. For movie-lovers, GoggleWorks will offer private screenings for even small household groups at near regular-admission prices. Film attendees can choose from a list of family-focused, arthouse, and classic films. As with the tour package, attendees can add on wine or craft beer. The shopping package, while free, still offers the private access to The New Store, minimizing social contact with others.
“We had to turn in a new direction from our usual programming because of the health crisis,” said Tim Compton, GoggleWorks Artistic Director. “We are excited to offer these unique experiences as we continue to evolve in this new normal.”
GoggleWorks will be open new hours initially:
Details on the controlled, private packages include:
Art Explorer’s Package (1 hour) – Enjoy a socially-distanced, guided VIP experience of GoggleWorks, experiencing world-class art for your private group and seeing firsthand how it gets made through a live art demonstration. The group can choose from a menu of add-ons, including a hands-on workshop, fine wine and spirits, and concessions. Orchestrated scheduling allows you to enjoy a personalized experience and minimizes unwanted contact with others, apart from the dedicated staff tour guide.
Private Movie Package (2 hours) – This package offers a private group the luxury of the entire Boscov theatre, screening a broad menu of popular films. Patrons can treat the world-class film theatre like their very own living room and enjoy a movie they might have never seen on the large screen, in surround sound. Enjoy on-site concessions or add on fine wine, spirits, and beer. Private shopping time in The New Store is built into the package after the screening whenever possible. This package is a limited-time offer during the pandemic.
Private Shopping in The New Store (20 mins) – This package allows registered visitors to enjoy a private shopping experience in The New Store, featuring art work and handmade objects from local artists, including those in the GoggleWorks community. Orchestrated scheduling minimizes unwanted contact with others.
The Art Explorer and Private Shopping Packages are free to the public. Private Movie packages start as low as $10 (minimums apply). GoggleWorks will offer free admission opportunities for select community groups and those with financial limitations. Visitors can register at www.goggleworks.org or by calling 610-374-4600. Leaders said the campus will remain closed for general visitors who do not register for these packages. GoggleWorks is also reopening its rental facilities for weddings and special events, with special accommodations to maintain public safety.
“So far, 2020 hasn’t looked like we imagined our 15th anniversary,” said Executive Director Levi Landis. “Yet I’m interested in seeing what we can learn from a curated, guided approach to improve our visitor experience during this time and in the future. Now our planning will shift to the safe reopening of education and outreach programs for our community.”