With heavy hearts, we are writing this update on Watershed’s plans for the coming months.
The Watershed Board of Trustees convened an emergency session over the weekend to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 season and consider what steps we must take for the wellbeing of our community. After weighing the latest information from local and national experts, we have made the difficult decision that we must cancel our 2020 summer residency and workshop sessions, and the Salad Days fundraiser.
Just a week ago, we remained hopeful that it would be safe to move forward with our summer season. However, with safety as our primary concern, we have no choice but to take this action.
Given the developing nature of the pandemic, we anticipate that plans may be in flux for the next couple of months. We plan to share regular updates regarding alternative programming regularly via email, Instagram, and Facebook. No decisions about this year’s fall residency or workshop have been made at this time. Registrations for these programs remain open as we monitor the situation. Additionally, we will continue working with the 2020 summer session organizers and workshop leaders to reschedule their sessions in 2021.
Watershed has always been a place where community is forged. The connections artists and friends make during their time together on campus can last for a lifetime. Through this time of physical distance, supporting one another is more critical than ever in the face of uncertainty and change. We are reminded of a 2001 Watershed residency session that brought artists from China to Maine with a theme of “Wild Heart, Careful Mind”. It seems a valuable reminder now to be brave yet cautious as we all take steps together into the unknown.
We wish you and your loved ones health and safety during this challenging time.