The arrival of COVID-19 is an unprecedented event that we take very seriously. The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is committed to being a supportive community partner during this uncertain time in our world. At this time, our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, their families and the greater Nashville community.
Overcoming the challenges of the next few weeks is a task that will take our collective ingenuity and resolve. With our grand opening scheduled for six short months from now, we are committed to getting to the finish line together.
In an effort to take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, NMAAM has taken the following steps:
- Work from Home: In keeping with recommended social distancing protocols, our employees are working from home.
- Construction Progress: Our construction team is also prioritizing safety during this time and working diligently to keep progress moving forward while keeping everyone safe.
- Educational Outreach: All youth and adult public programs are currently suspended to align with closures from Metro Nashville Public Schools and are being evaluated for how they can be reformatted for digital delivery.
- Grand Opening: Our team continues to work towards the goal of a Labor Day weekend grand opening. To get an idea of what the museum will offer in September, we encourage you to take a look at what we have planned for our galleries, and consider becoming a member to show your support of our mission.
We are in challenging times but NMAAM is moving forward fully focused on the obstacles in front of us, while also preparing for the brighter days to come. We look forward to continuing the journey of making our museum a reality and creating a space where we can celebrate together.
For more information and preventive tips for COVID-19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WHAT IS NMAAM DOING TO HELP PREVENT COVID-19?
At this time, the health and safety of our staff, their families and the greater Nashville community is our top priority. In support of the recommendations from local and national authorities, NMAAM has instituted several changes to assist with the prevention of spreading the coronavirus. Those changes include work from home options for our staff, a deep cleaning of our current office space, reduced activity at our construction site and a retooling of educational and public programs for digital delivery.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF NMAAM STAFF?
In keeping with recommended social distancing protocols, we are providing employees with the option of working from home. We are confident that we will still be able to keep our development efforts moving forward, while managing the immediate need of preventing the spread of the virus.
HAS ANY NMAAM STAFF BEEN EXPOSED/INFECTED?
At this time, none of the museum’s staff have reported any exposure to or infection from the coronavirus. We are actively monitoring reported cases in and around the Nashville area to keep our staff aware of potential risks and encouraging them to adhere to recommendations for hygiene and person-to-person contact.
HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION OF THE MUSEUM BE IMPACTED?
For the time being, construction on the museum’s physical site will continue with reduced staff onsite. Our construction team is also prioritizing safety during this time. We are in regular communication with our partners to make sure we are doing everything we can to proceed safely.
HOW WILL THE EXHIBITS AND ARTIFACTS BE IMPACTED?
Fabrication of our exhibits is being led by Nashville-based 1220 Exhibits. We anticipate that there may be some delays as the organization works through their own COVID-19 response, but we are working with them to minimize the impact on the schedule. Our artifact collection is being safely stored and preserved courtesy of our friends at the Country Music Hall of Fame. We do not anticipate any changes to the collection during this time.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF NMAAM EVENTS AND PROGRAMS?
All of our youth and adult in-person public programs have been suspended to align with closures for Davidson County. However, we have pivoted several of our programs to a virtual/digital delivery so that we can maintain connection with the communities that we serve. These programs can be accessed through our social media platforms.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE MONEY PREVIOUSLY DONATED TO THE MUSEUM?
Over the last several years, NMAAM has successfully executed a capital campaign to raise nearly 60 million dollars to support our opening. Funds are being used according to donor intent, most notably to continue museum construction. We appreciate any continued support during this time.
WHAT CAN THE PUBLIC DO TO HELP THE MUSEUM DURING THIS TIME?
First and foremost, we advise the public to pay attention to the directions and recommendations from local and national authorities as it pertains to social distancing and preventive care. In terms of supporting the museum, we ask that you keep us top of mind when you consider any travel planning once we’ve moved past this transitional period. Additionally, memberships to the museum are a great way to show support and to stay in-tune with our latest developments.