CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Art Museum will only be accessible outdoors and on virtual platforms from January 3-12 in the New Year “as staff and volunteers focus on healing and community service” , according to a press release.

The pandemic is only indirectly responsible for the shutdown, the statement said. The museum’s goal is to allow its 235 employees and hundreds of volunteers to take the time to devote to themselves and their community.

“Over the past two years, our museum has protected and cared for our community, our staff and a vast network of educational services,” said Cameron Kitchin, director of the Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert museum in the release of hurry. “The Cincinnati Art Museum was the first museum to reopen in a tri-state region in 2020. Now our staff and volunteers need an intermission to focus on our health and well-being. Let the employees choose from reconnecting with family or working in a restaurant bank, this break allows us to grow as individuals as we all grow together. I am convinced that healing and service is a path to long term strength.

All indoor galleries, terrace café, museum shop and public programs within the museum will be suspended during the 10 day break. Outdoor attractions such as the Art Climb and virtual access to the Cincinnati Art Museum‘s permanent collection will remain accessible.

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