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Mesquite, TX – June 19, 2020 – Mesquite will reopen the Mesquite Arts Center and Historic Mesquite, Inc. in phases during the next few weeks beginning June 29. The openings will feature new programs and events as well as new public health rules and visitor safety guidelines.
The Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Avenue, will open June 29 with a free outdoor concert by the Mesquite Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Beginning July 9, the new Drive-in Concert Series will begin and guests can enjoy free concerts every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 27. The free Art Gallery exhibition series will resume on July 6. Educational programming continues with the Tote-and-Go Worshop series beginning June 24, the MAC Doodles drawing classes starting June 25 and Virtual Workshops launching July 1. Additionally, the public may begin renting the arts center facilities for private events beginning June 29. For details, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/ArtsCenter or call 972-216-6444.
Historic Mesquite, Inc., will begin phased openings of the City’s two historical parks. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701-711 E. Kearney Sreet., will reopen to the public on June 30 with tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday tours, which will require advanced reservations, will be July 25, August 22 and Septempber 16. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Drive, will reopen to the public on July 10 with tour reservations available on Fridays and the second Saturday of each month. For details, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/HMI or call 972-216-6468.
Other Mesquite art organizations who perform at the Mesquite Arts Center have announced their planned returns. The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra will debut their 2020 - 2021 season on Sept. 12, the Mesquite Community Band will begin their 2020 - 2021 concert schedule on Oct. 10 and the Mesquite Arts Theatre will resume prodcutions in Febrauray 2021.
The Mesquite Arts Center and Historic Mesquite, Inc. will use the minimum standard health protocols outlined in Governor Greg Abbott’s Phase III To Open Texas. Museums may operate at 50% of total listed occupancy. Performance halls may operate indoors at 50% of the total listed occupancy. Attendees should maintain at least six feet of distance from other groups at all times. A group is defined as no more than ten persons, including members of the same household and people who traveled together to the facility or are included in the same reservation.