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 our guests.
Overcoming the challenges is a task that will require our collective ingenuity and resolve. In an effort to take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, NMAAM has taken the following steps:
- Option to Work from Home: In keeping with recommended social distancing protocols, our employees have the option to work from home.
- Reduced Staff in Office: We are operating with reduced staff in our office in order to practice social distancing.
- Educational Outreach: All in-person youth and adult public programs are currently suspended to align with closures from Metro Nashville Public Schools and are being evaluated for digital delivery.
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.
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, daily deep cleaning of the museum and office space and modifications to the interactives.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MY VISIT?
Guests are required to wear a mask during their entire visit. Visitors will have the option to use gloves or disposable styluses for touchscreen interactives. Sanitizing stations are placed throughout the museum. Headphone and microphone covers are available for guests to keep everyone safe. Capacity is reduced so everyone can stay six feet apart while enjoying the museum.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF NMAAM EVENTS AND PROGRAMS?
We have pivoted many of our programs to a virtual/digital delivery so that we can maintain connected with the communities that we serve. These programs can be accessed through our social media platforms.
WHAT CAN THE PUBLIC DO TO HELP THE MUSEUM?
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, memberships are a great way to show support and to stay in-tune with our latest developments. Purchases made at shopnmaam.org support the museum’s mission and daily operation.