GRSF & #StayHomeMN

GRSF & #StayHomeMN

In light of Governor Walz’s “Stay Home” order, which went into place this past Friday at midnight, we want to update you on what the Festival is doing to comply with the State of Minnesota.

We are fully supporting the Governor’s order and will be working from home for the next two weeks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If, during the next two weeks, you’d like to make a donation or a purchase, please know you can still do that. Donations can be made online here, ticket purchases can be completed online here, and both can be made over the phone at 507.474.7900. 

Because staff will be working from home, receipt of mail or phone calls may be temporarily delayed. Staff are checking voicemails and email regularly and will respond to any messages and quickly as possible.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of well wishes on behalf of the festival, its summer programs, and our staff. The longstanding success of this festival is due to the fact that we are part of such a supportive, thoughtful, and enthusiastic community – both in Winona and throughout the country. In such a collaborative and close-knit artform such as live theater, a health issue that limits our ability to gather in a room together seems like an insurmountable goal. However, we know that our artists, community leaders, and patrons are a creative and resilient bunch, and we have no intention of letting this slow us down. Until we can gather together again, please know that we are still working behind the scenes, and developing strategies to overcome any obstacles which might impede our ability to celebrate art with you this summer.

Thanks to your financial support, we are able to remain nimble. GRSF staff have met with Winona State University President Scott Olson and continue to be grateful to them for their partnership; WSU is currently dealing with a lot of unknowns – as are we. Yet we take comfort in knowing WSU is as committed as we are to keeping the Festival vibrant and sustainable for both our patrons and company members for many years to come.

Be well. Stay home. And wash your hands!

Best Wishes,

GRSF Administrative Team

Aaron Young, Doug Scholz-Carlson, Tarah Flanagan, and Eileen Moeller