MAC COVID-19 Updates

We are observing the orders from the CDC, the Riley County Health Department, and the State of Kansas and MAC will remain closed through May 31. 


MAC Office staff are working from home, but we are checking messages regularly - so feel free to call us at 785-537-4420, or you can reach staff via email. Click here for a list of staff.

MAC Reopening Stages


ALL PHASES: HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES

Before coming to the Manhattan Arts Center we ask everyone to complete a COVID-19 self-screening.

If your answer to any of the screening questions below is yes, please do not enter the Manhattan Arts Center. We are happy to help you online or via phone.

  1. In the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with, or is suspected to have COVID-19?
  2. Is your temperature 100°F (38°C) or higher?
  3. Are you experiencing two or more of the following symptoms?
  • Chills
  • Stiffness/Rigidity
  • Muscle Aches or Pains
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
  • Sudden Loss of Taste or Smell

Phase 1:
through May 31
  • Facility is closed to the public, but open online 24/7.
  • Staff will respond to phone messages and emails.

 Phase 1.5: from June 1

  • Staff presence in the building is coordinated but limited.

  • All visitors must sign in and sign out of MAC premises.
  • Masks are required inside both buildings.
  • Galleries open by appointment only to groups <6.
  • Small-group adult classes begin June 1, if possible under state and local guidelines.
  • Virtual Camp MAC classes begin June 8.

Phase 2: tentatively from June 15

  • Facility doors are open 12 noon to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Limited areas are open to the public including the Clarenburg Foyer and bathrooms.
    Galleries are open by appointment only. Other areas are not open to the public.
  • All visitors must sign in and sign out of MAC premises.
  • In-person Camp MAC classes begin in small groups.

  • Every person will complete a COVID 19 self-screening prior to entering the Arts Center.
  • Staff is available for questions during open hours, but may be working remotely at times.
  • Room capacities are posted outside the room or on the studio door.
  • Health protocols are posted on a table set up near the facility entrance.
  • Hand washing is recommended upon building entry and before exit.
  • Masks are required inside both buildings.
  • For those without a mask, the Arts Center will provide one while supplies last.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in studios and public spaces.
  • Everyone will practice at minimum a 6-foot social distance from others while in the building.
  • Traffic flow is organized to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • No gatherings will exceed 30 people.
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized hourly.
  • Public seating is not available.
  • Disposable paper cups are available at water fountains.
  • Program participants may bring a closed-top water bottle that must be kept with the individual at all times. No other outside food or drinks permitted in either building. Use of microwaves, coffee pots, and other communal food preparation is not permitted.
  • In-person experiences require frequent handwashing before, during, and after.
  • Classes are scheduled to allow spaces to be sanitized after use.
  • Student personal belongings are kept separate from others’ belongings.
  • Students will follow drop-off and pick-up protocols outside the building. Drop-off and pick-up details will be sent via email to each student upon enrollment.

Phase 3: tentatively late June

  • Facility doors are open noon to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
  • A limited number of classes and experiences take place in person.
  • All visitors must sign in and sign out of MAC premises.
  • Every person completes a COVID-19 self-screening prior to entering the facility.
  • Staff is available for questions during open hours, but may be working remotely at times.
  • Room capacities are posted outside on room and studio doors.
  • Health protocols are posted on a table set up near the facility entrance.
  • Hand washing is recommended upon building entry and before exit.
  • Masks are required inside the building.
  • For those without a mask, the Arts Center will provide one while supplies last.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in studios and public spaces.
  • Everyone will practice at minimum a 6-foot social distance from others while in the building.
  • Traffic flow is organized to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • No gatherings will exceed 90 people.
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized hourly.
  • Disposable paper cups are available at water fountains.
  • Program participants may bring a closed-top water bottle that must be kept with the individual at all times. No other outside food or drinks permitted in either building. Use of microwaves, coffee pots, and other communal food preparation is not permitted.
  • In-person experiences require frequent handwashing before, during, and after.
  • Classes are scheduled to allow spaces to be sanitized after use.
  • Student personal belongings are kept separate from others’ belongings.
  • Students will follow drop-off and pick-up protocols outside the building. Drop-off and pick-up details will be sent via email to each student upon enrollment.

Because a pandemic is a fluid situation, we will continue to stay informed and adjust our policies to preserve public health, providing updates through email, our website and social media.

Phase Out: Resume Normal Operations with the Following Health Protocols date TBA

  • Self-screening is requested prior to entering the Arts Center.
  • People who show signs of illness, or have been exposed to COVID 19 will isolate at home.
  • Employees stay at home when sick.
  • We follow strict cleaning and sanitation standards.
  • We frequently clean high-touch surfaces.

Programs & Events that are cancelled/postponed


The following programs & events have been cancelled/postponed. We hope to reschedule some programs in future seasons. If you have purchased tickets for these events we will contact you. You will have the option for a refund or to convert your purchase into a donation to MAC to help offset costs already incurred. 

  • Calan - scheduled for Tuesday, March 17
  • A Skull in Connemara - scheduled for March 21 (will be rescheduled!)
  • Belles - scheduled for May 9 (will be rescheduled!)
  • Madagascar Jr - scheduled for Mar 27 & Mar 28 (Rescheduled for Fall 2020)
  • BirdHouse: FY5 - Cancelled
  • MFA Exhibit Opening Reception - Cancelled
  • The Sound of Music - scheduled for April 17-May 3 (Rescheduled for Fall 2020)
  • Basic Drawing - Cancelled 
  • Basic Painting - Cancelled
  • Learning Cubism - Cancelled
  • Mixing Paint Colors - Cancelled
  • Emerging Artists Session II - Cancelled
  • Kids Art Club Session II - Cancelled
  • Clay Workshop Families - Cancelled
  • Clay Workshop Couples - Cancelled
  • After School Clay - Cancelled

 Classes & Studios on hold until at least April 19

 We are postponing the following classes at least until April 19. We are monitoring recommendations from the RCHD and CDC daily and will notify class participants about their specific classes. We plan to add on two weeks to the end of the session for these classes.

  • Group Violin - Mondays
  • Mixed Level Wheel Clay - Mondays & Thursdays
  • Youth Honors Academy - Wednesdays
  • All Community Studios - Clay, Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Stitch

MACademy Youth Theatre - Madagascar Jr


We had no option but to cancel Madagascar Jr this spring. We now have new dates for performances in November 2020.
  • All current cast - regardless of age - will be given priority registration for the program and a reduced tuition rate. We will not plan to re-cast unless someone is no longer able to perform their role, but we may be adding more slots so that more kids can participate.
  • To minimize the loss of scripts, please return your script to MAC with your name on/in it. You can even leave it in the MAC mailbox. We'll pass the scripts back out to you next season.
  • If you purchased tickets to the March performances of Madagascar please let us know which of these options you prefer: 1. Receive a refund; 2. Convert your ticket purchase to a donation to MAC. Please consider option 2 to help us offset the costs already incurred. 

Classes cancelled indefinitely

Due to moving KSU instruction online for the remainder of the semester the following Community School for the Performing Arts class is cancelled.


  • Collaborative Acting & Improv - Scheduled to begin Apr 5