Arts Center furloughs most staff in survival step

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In an effort to remain viable once the coronavirus outbreak is over, the Living Arts and Science Center has furloughed 10 of its 13 employees, including executive director Lori Halligan.

In a release, the agency said it is following the lead many businesses have had to take.

“We took this early measure in order to position our organization to be in the best possible place when we emerge from this pandemic. We are going to be needed once we return to normal functions, and we plan to be there for our community,” Halligan said.

“We have staff in place working hard to communicate and make sure that grant and donation processes are in place and smoothly running.  We are looking forward to the future. By going to and helping us sustain through this time is vital,” Halligan continued, noting the average museum or arts group operates with less than two months of working capital on hand and the average organization has a cushion of just 15 days.

The Living Arts & Science Center inspires participation in the arts and sciences by engaging the community through education, discovery, exploration and creativity. For more than 50 years, the LASC has offered classes, events, school programming and outreach and has provided free and low-cost programs throughout the year.

The Center has suspended all programming until further notice which means no classes, field trips, events, after-school programming, or outreach. It also means there are no revenue streams.


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