“We’re excited to have a whole new generation of people grow up with them,” Connelly says.
COVID-19 delayed the opening of the new space, which originally was pegged for April. The pandemic continues to cast its shadow in terms of social distancing measures and safety protocols. This month, Contemporary Craft launched timed ticketing via its website. It also is limiting visitors to 22 percent of the building’s capacity at any one time and shortening operations hours by 40 percent, among other measures.
Contemporary Craft remains free to the public although donations are welcomed.
Though social distancing will take place at the public opening on September 3, the pandemic has not dampened the team’s spirits.
“We feel like we’ve always been a little bit of a hidden gem in Pittsburgh,” McCall says. “Now we are so highly visible, right on the street-front on Butler. I think we’re really going to significantly grow our audience.”
“Art is healing and offers hope and really allows people to find balance,” she adds. “More than ever, this is needed.”