Arts Town Council

The Asheville Area Arts Council will host a virtual AVL Arts Town Hall at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 21, on implementing health and safety protocols at local live events, and the public is invited to listen in.

Liz Whalen Tallent, a member of the arts council board and special events director for The Orange Peel and Rabbit Rabbit, will moderate the webinar.

Panelists will include representatives from Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, The Grey Eagle, Salvage Station, White Horse Black Mountain, Harrah’s Cherokee Center — Asheville, The Orange Peel and Rabbit Rabbit.

The discussion will focus on pandemic-related health and safety protocols currently in place at the venues, the lessons operators have learned over the last year and a half, as well as current challenges faced on a day-to-day basis.

“I’m so grateful the arts council is able to facilitate this conversation amongst Asheville’s public-facing arts organizations,” said Tallent. “This has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us, and it’s so valuable to share conversation and learn from our mutual experiences.”

Buncombe County Health Preparedness Director Fletcher Tove and City of Asheville Community Event Manager Jon Fillman also will participate in the online discussion to help answer questions.

“We are still in the middle of a global pandemic and we are currently seeing surges around the country more aggressive than anything we saw in 2020,” said Tove. “Each one of us has a role to play in safeguarding our community and that starts with getting vaccinated and wearing masks indoors.”

To register for the webinar, visit

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